• Younghusband, Miyayama power Loyola’s win over Agila


    Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband and Japanese winger Akira Miyayama each registered a hat trick to power the Loyola Meralco Sparks FC to an 11-0 beating of Agila MSA FC in the United Football League (UFL) at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Wednesday.

    Younghusband, after recovering from a knee injury, stepped up for Loyola as the team notched its fourth win while Agila absorbed its third loss in five games.

    Miyayama was on fire in the second half scoring goals in the 68th, 75th and 85th minutes of the lopsided match.

    Younghusband first scored a goal at the 36th minute after Agila defender Martin Wiedmar conceded a penalty.

    The high-scoring striker of the national football team went all out before halftime tallying two more goals in the 38th and 45th minute marks to earn a 3-0 lead for Meralco during the break.

    Agila, who was playing without key players Julian Roxas and Javier Gayoso, was helpless as Sparks posted eight more goals.

    Loyola team captain Younghusband initiated his team’s second half rally scoring goals in the 52nd and 60th minutes to extend their lead to 5-0.

    Former University of the Philippines teammates Jinggoy Valmayor and Daniel Gadia also contributed to Meralco’s win.

    Valmayor notched goals in the 72nd and 84th minutes while Gadia posted his first goal for his new club with just two minutes left in regulation.

    In the other match, reigning champions Ceres La Salle FC overwhelmed the undermanned Forza FC, 10-0.

    Despite playing with just nine men for their side, Forza, with its big goalkeeper Abu Ibrahim managed to prevent the formidable team from Bacolod from scoring a goal in the first 20 minutes of the game.

    But the Busmen finally pierce through the tough defense of their rivals in the 23rd minute courtesy of Manny Ott.

    Forward Adrian Gallardo Valdes scored another goal for Ceres in the 37th minute off an assist by fellow Spaniard Bienvenido Maranon from the right wing.

    Maranon notched a goal of his own in the 45th minute while Filipino-German midfielder Stephan Schrock also scored in the third minute of stoppage to give Ceres a 4-0-advantage midway through the match.

    Ceres sustained their offense in the second half of action with Gallardo Valdes converting his chance in the 62nd minute.

    Two quick goals were registered for the Busmen in the 73rd and 78th minutes beefing up their lead to 7-0 courtesy of Patrick Reichelt and Jeffrey Christiaens.

    The defending UFL champs sustained their attacks until the dying moments of the game as Nate Burkey, Carli De Murga and Gallardo Valdes scored goals before the final whistle.

    With the win, Ceres now holds a record of four wins and a loss for 12 points while Forza is still winless with a draw and four losses.


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