Stallion Laguna increase undefeated streak to five with 4-0 rout of JPV

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Stallion Laguna continued their unbeaten run to five straight games with another comprehensive win, this time, against JPV Marikina in their Wednesday Philippines Football League (PFL) clash held at the Biñan Football Stadium in Biñan, Laguna.

The hosts got the early lead in just the eleventh minute of the match off a counter-attack that was triggered by Jesus Melliza who found Fitch Arboleda on the left flank who then squared off to the centre of the box towards a rushing Nathan Alquiros who made sure of his close-range strike.

In the 27th minute Stallion found themselves with a two-goal advantage off another clever play as Alquiros found Melliza lurking on the other side of the pitch who was able to come up with a looping cross towards an unmarked Arboleda for another sure stab.

Five minutes later and the hosts found themselves comfortably in front as Carlo Polli pounced on a rebound off JPV keeper Nelson Gasic’s save from an earlier effort by Abou Sy.

About four minutes before the half, Coach Ernie Nierras’ men could have further increased their lead as a quick long ball play was able to pick Melliza for a one-on-one situation, but Gasic came up with a top save to deny the attempt and avoid any further damage that could put the game at rest in just the first 45 minuts of the game.

As for JPV Marikina meanwhile, they were able to get some good spells in terms of ball possession however, they were not able to get some good looks and chances against their hosts to even come up with an answer to the direct approach they was thrown at them.

Both teams then headed into their respective dugouts with Stallion enjoying a lead that could already determine the outcome of the match as Dan Padernal’s men talk things over on how to overcome a mountain to climb in the second half.

In the second half, despite being less intense in chasing for the final through ball, Stallion still were able to get a firm grip of the proceedings as they continued to pose threats to their rivals for the afternoon.

A golden chance came JPV’s way in the 69th minute as John Celiz found himself with only Tripulca to beat, but the on-rushing Stallion keeper was able to nick the ball in time to snuff out a possible sure-goal for the visitors.

The play seemed to have jolted Stallion back to life as three minutes later, Abou Sy triggered a cleverly improvised through ball that split the defence, picking Arboleda in a very good position to unleash a goal-bound attempt, but Gasic was able get to the ball first and tap it away to safety.

Ten minutes before the 90th minute mark, Abou Sy again came up with a deadly through ball, sending Paolo Bugas onwards to wards the goalmouth but the former Global stalwart saw the onrushing Gasic that prompted a well executed lob to an unchallenged Gino Clarino who opened his goalscoring account in style with just less than 3 minutes from his introduction into the pitch.

Despite the efforts of the visiting squad to get a goal back, they proved to be in vain as Stallion’s ruthlessness in the first half and sustained positive approach in the second continued to pose problems for JPV as the game ended with a 4-0 scoreline.

The result on the part of Stallion Laguna is a very welcome one as they sustain their neck and neck battle with Davao Aguilas in their chase to finish in third spot of the league standings.

Meanwhile JPV Marikina remain in second to the last above cellar-dwelling Global as they are well beyond contention to improve their place in the table.

Lineups

Stallion Laguna: Tripulca (GK), Nierras, Ko, Linatoc, Regala, Alquiros (G. Clarino 77′), Polli (Bugas 70′), Arboleda, Na (Villareal 67′), Melliza, Sy
JPV Marikina: Gasic (GK), Fadrigalan, Tsubasa, Unabia, Sandoval, Shimono, Moriyasu, Angeles, Baguiro, Celiz, Franksson (Uzoka 74′)

Photo credit: Arturo Rafael Enriquez/Stallion Laguna Facebook Page


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