Stallion Laguna put JPV Marikina to the sword

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JPV Marikina were handed another setback as Stallion Laguna produced a ruthless offensive in the second half to score three goals en-route to a 4-1 win in Binan.

Stallion Laguna immediately mounted on an offensive with Abou Mohamed Sy trying from a very tight angle in the third minute, but JPV keeper Felipe Tripulca saved. The next moments showed the Laguna side having more verve in their strides in the early moments of the match.

Eventually, as the game approached the 10-minute mark, JPV also started to come to life as they injected more aggression in their plays.

In the 11th minute there was a clash of legs between Franksson and Arboleda. The play was dangerous but seemed fair so only a foul was called against the JPV man. The free-kick was awarded in a very dangerous area though but as Polli took the attempt Tripulca did well to come up with a save.

In the 16th and 17th minutes, JPV were handed two golden chances with strike John Celiz instrumantal on both.

The first attempt came from a breakaway as Celiz shaked off his defender but his attempt failed to generate enough curl that would find its way into the goalmouth.

The second was another breakaway with Celiz seemingly on a promising run but Stallion’s defence pulled off a last-ditch tackle to snuff out the threat.

In the 19th minute Stallion winger Fitch Arboleda seemed to have not recovered from the earlier impact he suffered, as he was subbed out for Ishihara.

Despite missing one of their main weapons Stallion continued where they left off as they pressure their opponents.

In the 21st minute the breakthrough came with Jesus Melliza producing a brilliant strike from outside the box.

More chances came for both sides with Stallion’s Abou Sy and Polli combining cleverly only for Tripulca to show enough alertness to intervene.

After the 30th minute mark JPV twice came close to equalising from similar plays via well executed plays but both shots lacked enough power to worry Pepito.

Stallion enjoyed a further two half chances to no avail as the first half ended with Coach Ernie Nierras’ men enjoying a slim lead.

Seven minutes after the restart, JPV was given a ray of hope as Keigo Moriyasu equalised off a well taken shot at goal that beat Pepito.

The parity won’t last long though as Stallion once again regained the lead when Ko Kyunjoon connected with Nathan Alquiros’ corner kick to thump in the ball with his header.

That goal would prove to be pivotal as the game begun to swing towards Stallion’s side.

Such momentum would prove to be telling as the Binan-based squad further increased their lead come the 75th minute as substitute Yannick Tuason stabbed home the rebound when Darwin Regala’s initial strike was parried by Tripulca.

JPV tried to reduce the deficit with Shimono and Ashley Flores coming close late in the game only for Pepito to hand the denials.

To add salt to the wound to Coach Dan Padernal’s squad, Abou Sy notched a late goal off a steam in added time to make it a flattering 4-1 for Stallion Laguna at the final whistle.

PFL Standings May 19 2018

Stallion Laguna is scheduled to host Ceres on May 26 while JPV is scheduled to face Global Cebu on May 27.


JPV Marikina: Tripulca, Franksson, Shimono (C), Suzuki, Sarmiento, Kozawa, Moriyasu, Sandoval, Angeles, Celiz, Dapal

Stallion Laguna: Pepito, Ko, Villareal, Nierras, Melliza, Alquiros, Doctora (C), Polli, Arboleda, Regala, Sy

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