Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

News

Batisla-Ong brace enables UST win over NU


After their shock draw at the hands of the Adamson University Soaring Falcons last Saturday (April 9, 2016), the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers had it all to do against the National University Bulldogs today (April 14, 2016) at the Moro Lorenzo Field in the Ateneo de Manila University campus. This UAAP Season 78 Men’s Football Tournament second round clash meant more for UST as it was them who still had a chance to make the Final Four.

Unlike the dramatic first round encounter, there would be no such thrill today as NU had their bravado removed from them after their, 0-1, loss to the University of the Philippines last Sunday (April 10, 2016. It very much meant that the Bulldogs were there for the taking and it showed when Ronald Batisla-Ong scored a goal each in both halves to (15′ & 54′) to take all three points for the Growling Tigers. Nico Macapal pulled one back for NU at stoppage time (90+2′) but it wasn’t enough with the final score being UST, 2-1, NU.

Batisla-Ong was played in a more attacking midfield position and his ruggedness and vision helped unlock the NU defense. NU, though, had a good chance to open the scoring when Francis J. Abalunan won then delivered a free kick into the UST box, only for Arnel Casil to head wide.

UST, then, had the momentum in the match. Bastisla-Ong and AJ Pasion both had a sniff of goal, yet poor shooting failed them. At the 15th minute, however, Batisla-Ong opened the scoring when his powerful header made its way towards the top right corner of the NU goal.

#ReadMore  Thai team looking into Kelra's alleged sexist remarks towards Ramella

Perhaps the most dangerous attacking player of NU was Abalunan. Abalunan gave a good cross into the UST box which was headed wide by Macapal. Abalunan then played Darwin Regala through, but the Growling Tigers defense cleared the danger. Lawrence Colina has a speculative effort afterwards which was easily caught by UST goalie Zaldy Abraham.

If there was one person who should have equalized for NU, then it was Chima Uzoka. From a Bulldogs set-piece, Uzoka found some space to shoot yet his shot was overpowered and it went way over. Uzoka then made use of another set-piece to threaten the UST goal, nut his header was cleared off the line by the Growling Tigers. That was the last bit of action before the break and the period finished UST, 1-0, NU.

Nine minutes into the restart, however, was when UST doubled their lead. A long ball towards Renz Gumban proved useful when the said player penetrated the NU box and laid the ball off for an unmarked Batisla-Ong. Batisla-Ong made no mistake and tapped the ball in to double UST’s lead at the 54th minute.

The Growling Tigers could have added more goals in the game, but NU goalie Chris Perocho saved Pasion’s header. Batisla-Ong also shot over and Dionisio Busmion Jr had his indirect free kick cleared by the Bulldogs’ defense. With little to play for, NU struggled to create things at the other end of the pitch. Only a Macapal wide attempt was one of the few attempts they can muster. Colina also had a shot on goal, but Abraham was on hand to catch it.

#ReadMore  CEU spoils Diliman College-Gerry's D-League debut

Come the final five minutes of the match, though, it was all NU. Macapal infiltrated the UST box to pull one back for the Bulldogs. With just few minutes left, NU were in search for a late leveler. The Bulldogs had a corner late in the game, but the Growling Tigers cleared and held on for the, 2-1, win.

The result left UST at 5th place with 22 points, just a point behind a Final Four slot. On the other hand, NU were condemned to 6th place with 16 points. The McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig will be the venue for both teams’ next games on Sunday (April 17, 2016). UST will play UE (8:00PM) with NU playing earlier versus Ateneo (5:30PM)

UST head coach Marjo Allado was relieved to get all three points at the end of the match, “Well, kailangan talaga namin ito eh kasi kung nag-draw kami sa last minute, mawawala si (Ateneo) eh. May sang game pa si Ateneo, kami two games pa. Kailangan talaga namin manalo dito at alam ng mga players ito. Tapos na yung game, 2-1, so malaking bagay ito para sa amin. Ito yung first win namin sa second round eh so sana tuloy-tuloy siya sa last two games namin.

Written By

Lorenzo's a frustrated author who knows a thing or two about Football and Basketball. Went all green from Ortigas to Taft. Supports Liverpool FC, FC Bayern Munich and the Alaska Aces


You May Also Like

Football

University of Santo Tomas exited the UAAP Season 86 Men’s Football Tournament in cruel fashion – losing 8-7 on penalties to University of the...

AdU

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas pulled off a 5-1 victory over Adamson University Thursday to secure Final Four qualification in the UAAP Season 86 Men’s...

ADMU

By: Nicole Parallag KYLER Escobar’s two goals propelled University of Santo Tomas to second in the standings, drubbing Ateneo de Manila University 3-0 in...

Football

TJ Garciano and Jarred Regis scored twice as University of Santo Tomas overpowered University of the East, 4-0, for its second straight second-round win...

DLSU

By: Nicole Parallag University of Santo Tomas kicked off its second round campaign in the UAAP Season 86 Men’s Football Tournament on a high...

DLSU

University of Santo Tomas salvaged a 1-1 draw to De La Salle University to remain within the top four range in the UAAP Season...

Football

University of Santo Tomas continued its up-and-down campaign by outclassing University of the East 6-1 in the UAAP Season 86 Men’s Football Tournament on...

AdU

University of Santo Tomas produced the first clean sheet of the UAAP Season 86 Men’s Football Tournament with a 1-0 win over Adamson University...

Advertisement