Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Diamante scores late equalizer as La Salle, FEU draw in UAAP 82 Men’s Football

The first clash between two perennial title contenders did not disappoint.

In a fiercely-fought contest, De La Salle University and Far Eastern University shared the spoils with a 1-1 stalemate in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Football Tournament, Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

“We still have quite a young team. I’m satisfied with the one point. One point is better than zero points considering that for eighty-percent of the game, we were catching up,” opined La Salle coach Hans-Peter Smit.

Down by a goal, La Salle skipper Jed Diamante had ice in his veins when scoring the equalizer in the 86th minute. Beforehand, substitute Akim Dalam was brought down in the FEU box, allowing the former to step up and convert the penalty calmly past Tamaraws goalie Dave Parac.

Diamante’s goal dampened FEU’s hopes for a win after the Tamaraws’ bright start to the game.

Geri Martini Rey saw Green Archers goalkeeper Jason Edward Blanco away from his line. Rey then unleashed a wonder strike to give his side the lead in the 13th minute.

It was the best possible opening for FEU. The Morayta school even almost doubled its lead in the same period when forward Gio Pabualan almost saw his free-kick squandered into a goal by Blanco.

On the opposing end, La Salle’s best chance of the first half came from rookie Franck Anoh, whose attempt went narrowly over the Tamaraws’ goal.

“I think the first game is the most difficult for all competitions. I think our players had confidence but too much excitement. I think we had good chances but unfortunately today, we couldn’t (finish them),” said FEU mentor Park Bobae.

#ReadMore  L-Jay Gonzales showing he is destined to be an FEU great

Unfortunately, the game was also overshadowed by a short commotion, as La Salle midfielder Mikio Umilin tried to delay the game after Diamante’s leveler. However, the game quickly restarted soon after.

The two schools shall next play on Sunday, March 8 at the same venue. FEU faces University of the East at 8:00 AM, while La Salle plays Adamson University after at 4:00 PM.

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

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like


The 82nd season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines may have not received a proper send-off due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19)...


Besides giving a home to volleyball players, the Premiere Volleyball League and the Spikers’ Turf are turning pro because in five years’ time, University...

3x3 Basketball

CALAMBA, LAGUNA — James Laput is not soft. From his match-ups with Ange Kouame and Bright Akhuetie in the UAAP, to his clashes with...


For leading University of the East to its eighth straight championships in the UAAP Men’s Fencing Championships, Sam Tranquilan was hailed as the school’s...


An influx of one-and-done recruits took the UAAP by storm in Season 82, and one who definitely turned heads was two-time CESAFI Most Valuable...


Deanna Wong had a magical run during UAAP Season 81, steering Ateneo’s return to the top of collegiate women’s volleyball.  But as remarkable as...


Gerry Abadiano, Carl Tamayo, and Kevin Quiambao all had heavy hearts when they decided to leave National University for college. The biggest factor was...


The next time De La Salle University sets foot on the pitch — whenever the UAAP resumes after the COVD-19 pandemic — it shall...