• Japanese duo propels JP Voltes over Agila

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    JP Voltes FC striker Takumi Uesato lines up for a pass in their game against Agila MSA  FC on Sunday in the first round of the 2016 United Football League at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.  JAELLE NEVIN REYES

    JP Voltes FC striker Takumi Uesato lines up for a pass in their game against Agila MSA
    FC on Sunday in the first round of the 2016 United Football League at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
    JAELLE NEVIN REYES

    Japanese duo Takashi Odawara and Takumi Uesato propelled the resilient JP Voltes FC to a 5-0 win over Agila MSA FC on Sunday in the United Football League at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.

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    After a dismal performance in their previous games, JP Voltes once again took a seat in the winning column as they trounce their fellow former second division team.

    It did not take long before Voltes managed to penetrate through the young defense of Agila as Odawara opened the scoring in the ninth minute.

    Uesato, who spent the early years of his professional career in the second division of the Japanese League, grabbed his initial goal of the bout in the 14th minute.

    JP Voltes continued their fast-paced attacks against the Agila defense and was rewarded with another goal by Uesato in the 29th minute to extend his club’s advantage to 3-0 going into the break.

    In the second half, Agila utilized a stiff defensive stance to prevent any further damage by their rivals with Jeremiah Rocha, Martin Weidmar, and goalkeeper Kenneth James taking control of the raids of Voltes.

    Odawara capped off his impressive performance with another strike in the 73rd minute off a well-timed pass by Uesato from deep inside the area of Agila.

    Former Global FC standout Yu Hoshide, who now plays and coaches JP Voltes, notched the final goal of the lopsided contest with a goal in the 87th minute.

    JP Voltes now hold the fifth spot of the standings while Agila is at the ninth seed of the pack.

    The Japanese-boosted platoon was held into a scoreless draw by Stallion FC in its meeting on June 12 then handed a 2-4 loss by defending champion Ceres La Salle FC.

    Agila, on the other hand, absorbed its third straight loss after falling against Green Archer United FC, 5-0, and Loyola Meralco Sparks FC, 11-0.

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