Stallion FC head coach Ernie Nierras said his team is “back on track” following their 4-0 win over Team Socceroo FC in the United Football League at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Monday.
“At least we got back on the right track [with the win]but we still need to get our confidence back,” Nierras said after bouncing back from last week’s 2-3 loss to lower-ranked Manila Jeepney FC.
The Nierras-mentored platoon are now second-seeded in the standings with eight wins and four losses.
Stallion took the driver’s seat early on against Team Socceroo with Nathan Alquiros scoring with a header from an assist from teammate Jordan Mintah in the 28th minute.
Alquiros was on a roll and clinched another goal for his club 10 minutes after from a pass from Louis Kaole.
The hot offense of Stallion continued in the first half as Alquiros returned the favor to Mintah and gave the latter the ball to extend their side’s lead by 3-0 going into the halftime break.
On the other end, Team Socceroo relied on counter-attacks to ignite their offense, with several chances from Michael Reyes, Jerome Cuyos and Alexander Reche, but they were not able to penetrate the physical defense of their foes.
Alquiros again extended the lead of Stallion as he set up Ruben Doctora in the 58th minute to notch their last goal in the contest.
Meanwhile, Jason De Jong’s late goal prevented a Pachanga Diliman FC upset against Global FC in the second game of the United Football League match date.
Pachanga controlled the tempo in the first few minutes of regulation as Jinggoy Valmayor found the back of the net after being left unmarked deep inside the box in the eighth minute.
Global FC knocked on the door of Pachanga with a barrage of attempts but could not get through their rivals’ tight 5-4-1 formation.
Defending league champions Global FC had difficulties getting through Pachanga’s back-line, with Steve Yambou foiling away each of their shots at the goal.
However, in the dying minutes of the match, former Azkal De Jong dampened Pachanga’s celebration after making a last minute goal in added time to salvage the match to a 1-1 draw at full-time.
With the draw, Global now drops to the third seed with seven wins, two draws and two losses while Pachanga still stands at the eighth seed with just two wins after 12 games.