University of the Philippines (UP) returned to action in the 14th season of Ang Liga with a 1-0 victory against San Beda College on Saturday at the latter’s home ground.
Fresh off a championship run in the recently concluded Philippine University Games, the Fighting Maroons continued their winning form against their fellow collegiate topside.
Under-19 National Football Team standout JB Borlongan headlined for UP after securing
the only goal of the contest.
Borlongan was off to a hot start during the game as he sealed the win with a strike from deep inside the territory of their hosts just 15 minutes into the game.
On the other end, the Red Lions mounted several attacks of their own in hopes of leveling the score line before the end of regulation but were unable to get through the defense of their foes.
With the win, UP tightened their grip on the number one seed of the elimination round with a record of seven wins, a draw and a loss while San Beda was dealt with their third defeat together with four victories and a draw.
Meanwhile, Ateneo de Manila University relied on the second half brace performance of Javier Gayoso to dispatch Lyceum of the Philippines University, 7-0.
Proficient scorer Gayoso opened his offensive showcase with a strike in the 47th minute before securing another goal for his side in the 72nd.
The Ateneans began the affair on top of their opponents, entering the midgame break with a 2-0 advantage courtesy of the goals of Jordan Jarvis and Samuel Lim in the sixth and 23rd minutes, respectively.
When play resumed for the second half, Inigo Herrera and Jeremiah Rocha also etched their name in the score sheet of the side followings shots in the 54th and 87th minutes.
However, the Pirates did not go down without a fight as Michael Dumalag took one back for their squad after scoring from the penalty spot in the 70th minute.
Ateneo improve their preliminary round record to five wins, a draw and a loss for a total of 16 points while Lyceum have been dumped with a 2-7 win-loss card.
JAELLE NEVIN REYES