• JP Voltes batters Green Archers in UFL

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    JP Voltes FC outplayed Green Archers United FC, 3-1, to notch its fifth win in the United Football League (UFL) on Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.

    After posting an impressive 5-0 victory over Agila MSA FC on Sunday, Voltes continued its remarkable showing by snapping the Green Archers’ two-game winning streak.

    Voltes improved its record to five wins, a draw and two losses to maintain its grip on the fifth spot of the standings while the Green Archers stayed at sixth with four wins, a draw and  three defeats.

    The Green Archers immediately took control in the early minutes of the match as a foul on De La Salle University standout Gelo Diamante by Allan Auman inside the box resulted in penalty.

    Center back William Ebanda took the shot and converted from the spot to give the Green Archers a 1-0 advantage just two minutes into the game.

    Voltes scrambled for a reply after the opening goal with Japanese striker Takumi Uesato testing his luck with a header but was caught offside.

    Both clubs exchanged attacks midway through the first half with the Archers having a slight edge on the offensive end.

    However, the fast-paced action of the match was spoiled in the half-hour mark as heavy rain with intermittent lightning, forced the game officials to halt the game.

    After a one-hour break, Voltes found an opening as defender John Gumban fouled the attacking Uesato inside the box to concede the second penalty of the meeting.

    Midfielder Takashi Odawara kicked the ball through the bottom left of the posts manned by Green Archers’ shot-stopper Henri Fong going into the halftime break.

    In the second half, Voltes dictated the tempo of the game with continuous raids in their foes’ territory. Their efforts paid off as Uesato scored a goal of his own in the 70th minute.

    Seven minutes later, Voltes extended its lead to 3-1 as substitute Allen Angeles, who came in for J Baguioro was left unguarded on top of the box allowing him to score a goal.

    Meanwhile, the game between Kaya FC and Agila MSA FC will be reset to a later date because of an on-going renovation of the venues’ floodlights.

    JAELLE NEVIN REYES

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