Philippine Army post win in UFL Cup Opener

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After a two-week break, football action resumed at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Saturday for the sixth edition of the United Football League (UFL) Cup 2015.

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The tourney, which will run until August 15, will feature Division 1, Division 2 and non-UFL clubs that are divided into four groups.

Headlining Group A is Bacolod powerhouse Ceres La Salle FC and fellow first division clubs Green Archers United FC and Philippine Army FC together with Pasargad FC and Bright Star FC.

Group B is composed of Kaya FC, Pachanga Diliman FC, Team Socceroo FC, Agila FC and Fleet Marine FC.

Meanwhile, Group C, the group of death in this year’s edition of the tilt, will feature the defending champs of the competition Loyola Meralco Sparks FC and Division 1 No.2 seed Stallion FC.

Also in Group C is new comer University of Sto. Tomas FC and Divisions 2 clubs JP Voltes FC and Mendiola FC 1991.

Reigning UFL champs Global FC, Manila Jeepney FC, Laos FC, Forza FC and returning Manila Nomads FC are all housed in Group D.
Consequently, Philippine Army FC scored a win during the first day of the competition after beating Bright Star FC, 4-1.

The veterans of the UFL playing field displayed their football prowess early in the match as the frontline duo of Luisito Brillantes and Joven Benitez blasted through the shaky defense of their foes.

After several attempts on target, Brillantes finally found the back of the net from outside the box off a well-placed pass by Roman Vestal in the 13th minute.

The remainder of the first half went to the favor of Army as they sent a flurry of shots to shake the stance of Bright Star’s goalkeeper.

As the match continued for the second half, Bright Star retaliated with a goal of their own courtesy of Adakole Adams from the left side of the box in the 61st minute.

Despite the scorching summer heat, Army continued their impressive rally, which paid off with a long attempt conversion by Benitez from the edge of the box.

The Army booters silenced the uproar of their rivals after Benitez once again scored on the 72nd minute.

The intensity of the bout took its toll on the players as Bright Star keeper Valentino Tolentino was taken down accidentally by an attacking Army player.

Lauren Bedua struck the final goal to seal the Army’s resounding win.

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