Green Archers United FC dominated the cellar-dwelling Laos FC, 4-0, on Sunday in the second round of the United Football League at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
The Green Archers relied on the first half brace of defender-turned-striker Reynald Villareal to earn an early advantage against the former second division champions.
Villareal took the lead for the Archers in the 25th minute after evading his defenders to take a sharp stab on the goal of Laos from the edge of the box.
On the other end, Laos knocked on the door of the Green Archers towards the end of opening half, with attacks led by the proficient duo of Aaron Altiche and Patrick Franksson.
UFL veteran Villareal doubled his output in the 37th minute, this time with a shot from deep inside to box to outsmart goalkeeper Felipe Tripulca and place his club up 2-0 at halftime.
The Green Archers sustained their intense offensive pace towards the dying minutes of the second half while Laos banked on small counter attacks.
Korean center back Nam Giwon grabbed a goal in the 50th minute while former Azkals captain Chieffy Caligdong placed the final tally in the triumph of his side with a short-range shot in the second minute of injury time.
“Actually, the striker position has been a problem of our club that’s is why we constantly look for players to fill that gap. He’s (Villareal) is a great help to us up front especially with the quality of his finishing,” Green Archers head coach Rodolfo Alicante told The Manila Times after the match.
“We still have five games remaining in the season and I told my players that our goal is to move up the standings to take the fifth or sixth place at the end of the season,” he said.
With the win, the Archers now hold to a record of six wins, two draws and six losses at the seventh spot of the standings while Laos plummeted to the 10th place with two wins, a draw and 11 defeats.