Sunday, March 25, 2012

Queen City eyes 7th win; Global takes lead

CEBU Queen City United will try to close the gap against third placer Agila FC in Week 11 of the United Football League Division 2 at the Turf at BGC today.
Queen City will take on bottom feeder Agila Manila All Japan, which has seven points on a 2-1-7 record.

Since losing to Pachanga, the Cebuanos have been on a romp, racking up five straight wins to improve to 19 points with a 6-1-2 card for fourth in the table.
Favorites Pachanga still leads Division 2 with a perfect 10-0-0 record and an impressive average of 6.5 goals per match. Diliman, which drew Queen City, 1-1, last Jan. 21, is second with 9-1-0 for 28 points, while Agila FC, 2-1 victors over Queen City, is third with a 7-0-3 record for 21 points.

Aside from having the advantage in the standings, previous results also swing in Cebu’s favor as during its five-win streak, it routed Sunken Garden, 12-0, the Socceroos, 6-1, and Dolphins, 5-1.

Sunken Garden beat All Japan, 5-1, and Socceroo also won over them, 3-1.

In Division 1, Global FC survived the injury of its starting keeper and the antics of its replacement goalie in a tough 5-3 win over Air Force to bag the lead with 18 points, just five goals ahead of Kaya FC.

Juan Luis Guirado and Misagh Bahadoran scored in the first half, while Ian Araneta caught the defense napping in injury time to narrow the lead to 2-1.

In the second half, Paolo Pascual got hurt in his diving save against Chieffy Caligdong and was replaced by Jerome Sylvain.

Pascual was later taken to St. Luke’s Hospital and had surgery for a fractured nasal bone.

Yanti Barsales made it 2-2 with a 64th minute strike before a free header by Guirado got Global ahead again.

In the 79th, Sylvain gave up a free kick inside the box for time-wasting and Araneta drilled in the equalizer.

However, Martin Doctora redirected Carli de Murga’s strike in the 82nd, gifting Global with a 4-3 lead before Izzeldin Elhabbib made it 5-3 in injury time.

In the second match, Kaya FC was leading Stallions, 1-0, before the match was called off due to lightning.

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