It was a Green Day in the morning session of the inaugural PFF Women’s Invitational Cup as Green Archers United (GAU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) take their respective first wins against Far Eastern University (FEU) and Chelsea, Sunday, at the historic Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Green Archers United edge FEU
In the first match of the season, GAU pulled the rag off UAAP champions FEU, 1-0, with the lone goal coming seconds from kickoff. Mikaela Romero blasted the winning goal off a corner kick, which curled into the back of the net.
FEU dominated the possession and the attack in search for an equalizer, only the defense of the visitors held their fort throughout the match. With the lead, they settled at the back to deny the Lady Tamaraws with a clear shot at the goal.
On their part, GAU was able to make do of their few opportunities against the run of play. Nonetheless, the leading team could not add to their tally.
The match ended with a Green Archers United taking the first win of the season over the fancied FEU squad.
DLSU pummels Chelsea SS Ladies
In the second match, DLSU Lady Archers bucked a slow start to string up goals en route to a 6-1 demolition of Chelsea SS FC Ladies.
The Taft-based booters started on the right track as they tried to push for the go-ahead goal. With patient buildup play, the white-shirts were finally rewarded with a goal before the half-hour mark. Kyla Inquig connected to Kyra Dimaandal, who blasted a goal from the top of the box to record her squad’s first.
DLSU continued with their aggression despite the lead. At the 42nd minute, Dimaandal had another run towards the goal, only her attempt was stopped by the defense. After Navaja missed on her chance from the ensuing corner kick, Chelo Hodges doubled the lead. The UAAP Season 77 Rookie of the Year sneaked in a shot under the keeper for the point. The halftime whistle has sounded with Hans Smit-mentored side ahead, 2-0.
The Lady Archers picked up from where they left off in the first half, as they kept on punishing the Chelsea SS defense. Four minutes from the restart, Dimaandal plucked her second goal of the match from the left flank after beating the opponent’s backline. The match was pretty much one-sided until two minutes prior to the hour mark. Nevertheless, the attempt from Chelsea sailed over the bar.
That opportunity from the blue-shirts awakened both teams as they pushed for another goal, but neither team put something at the back of the net. Ten minutes before full time, Inquig kept the game out of reach as she chipped in a goal out of the keeper’s reach. The winger then followed this up three minutes after, when she kicked the ball off the far post and into the goal. Minutes before added time was announced, Mary Cristine Duran flicked the ball from the left flank to put her team up, 6-0.
As a consolation, Chelsea SS took one back in stoppage time. Mara Sabanal accurately shot off a free kick past substitute keeper for her team’s lone goal. The goal might have denied the Lady Archers a clean sheet, but the girls from Taft secured the full points at the end of 90 minutes to open their campaign.
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