Hiraya FC salvaged a goalless draw despite playing undermanned against Far Eastern University (FEU) in the Philippine Football Federation Women’s League (PFFWL) on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
Hiraya turned to its key players as it held off the offense-minded FEU and collected the lone point that hiked its total to 10 points on a 3-1-4 win-draw-loss record, enough to surpass Ateneo de Manila University for the fifth spot.
“Haya (goalkeeper Hannah Maya Ibarra) has been playing well these past two games. Patrice (Impelido) is also playing really well,” said Hiraya head coach Philip Dinglasan, who only had 10 players for most of the first half.
“For us Tasha (Natasha Alquiros) played a crucial role in this game,” noted Dinglasan.
FEU mentor Let Dimzon, on the other hand, expressed disappointment over her wards’ performance as the Lady Tamaraws stayed on the fourth place with 11 points on a 3-2-2 card.
“I was disappointed because we were not able to capitalize on Hiraya’s lack of one player. Our problem is still the frontline,” said Dimzon.
With the opposing side shorthanded in the early goings, the Lady Tamaraws got two chances from captain Jovelle Sudaria and two corner kicks but they were unable to convert any of them.
Hiraya missed a chance in the 41st minute as the two teams settled for a scoreless first half.
The Morayta-based lady booters continued to press their offense in the second half but Ibarra and the rest of Hiraya kept their composure to fend off FEU’s relentless attack.
In the day’s other match, OutKast FC avenged its first defeat as it thrashed The Younghusband Football Academy (TYFA), 7-0, in their second meeting.
With the result, OutKast snapped its two-game slide and solidified its hold of the third place with 13 points on a 4-1-2 slate.
“I’m pleased not just because we won but also we scored seven goals,” said OutKast coach Rhea Penales.
TYFA suffered its second straight setback as it remained on the eighth spot with nine points for a 3-0-5 sheet.