27 August 2015

UFL Cup 2015

UFL Cup 2015
5:15pm (Battle for 3rd) Stallion FC vs Loyola Meralco Sparks FC
8:15pm (Championship) Kaya FC vs Ceres-La Salle FC
11:15pm Awarding Ceremony (UFL League & UFL Cup 2015)
NOTE: Championship match to be aired on Aksyon TV on 29 Aug 2015 (Sat) from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. 3rd Place match to be aired on Aksyon TV on 30 Aug 2015 (Sun) from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

26 August 2015

AFF U19: Win over Philippines move Thais closer to the semis

IENTIANE (25 Aug 2015) – Thailand affirmed their position as the favourites here following a convincing 4-1 win over the Philippines in a AFF Under-19 Championship Group A match at the National Sports Complex Stadium this afternoon. It was Thailand’s second victory after their opening win over hosts Laos two days ago.
Thailand, who scored three goals in the fist half,have now taken over the standings with six points while Cambodia, who have a rest day today, are second with four. The Philippines, who defeated Brunei in their first match, are third with three points.  
The Thais, who are just a win away from booking their place in the semis, did not wait long to get their scoring act going. In the ninth minute, skipper Worachit Kanitsribumphen latched on to a splitting pass from Jakkit Wachipirom and blasted the Thais ahead. A few minutes later, Anon Amornlertsak missed a sitter from close range.
A freekick awarded after Mantal Simplicio Saldavia brought down Anon in the 20th minute resulted in the second goal, which turned out to be a stunning shot from midfielder Sansern Limwatthana.
Suksan Mungpao added a third in the 30th minute while Worachit missed making it four when his shot came off the right post in the dying minutes.
Soon after the break, Thailand added a fourth through Suksan in the 51st minute. It was not surprising the Thais began to slow down after that. The Philippines had a great chance ten minutes from time but their striker Mathew Custodio, who had scored twice in their win over Brunei, skied his shot in front of goal but Mark Anthony Winhoffer made no mistake in the 81stminute when he converted a spot kick.
“We had a good 60 minutes, just like we did in the first game. We still have fitness issues with the players and hope to improve as the days go by.  In the second half, we tested some new players. Overall, I was happy with the six points today. We must win the remaining games but more importantly, we need to find our rhythm,” said coach Anuruck Srikerd.
Philippines coach, Sionosa Padernal, meanwhile said the team’s plans went awry after nine minutes. “We had planned to hold them 0-0 in the first half and our defenders tried to block them but then they got through. The Thais are certainly a good side especially with No.10 (Sansern Limwatthana) and 27 (Anon Amornlertsak) controlling the midfield. We have three points and still in with a chance. We must win our remaining games, the one against Cambodia will be interesting.


August 29 : Stallion Fc vs Maldives NT


We wish to invite all football enthusiasts to watch the tier 2 tune-up match between Stallion FC and the National “A” Team of Maldives on Saturday, 29 August 2015 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Kick-off is at 5pm.

Admission for this tune-up match is free.


AFF U19 Championship : Philippines 1-4 Thailand

AFF U19 Championship in Thailand today :

Philippines vs Thailand

Start 5 pm (PH)

9 mins 0-1 Thailand
21 mins 0-2 Thailand
30 mins 0-3 Thailand
0-3 HT
50 mins 0-4 Thailand
80 mins 1-4 Philippines (PK)
1-4 FT

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Maldives NT arriving Philippines today

Maldives national team will be arriving Philippines today.

They are playing a friendly against UFL club Stallion Fc on August 29 , then a International friendly against Philippines on September 3 at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Azkals’ Rota suffers broken ribs, could miss WCQ games

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Defender Simone Rota faces a lengthy layoff after sustaining broken ribs while playing for Stallion in the United Football League Cup semifinals Tuesday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium. 
The 30-year-old Rota, who has two goals from 11 appearances for the Azkals, collided with Kaya goalkeeper Nick O’ Donnell as he was attacking a low cross in extra time of the game won by Kaya in a penalty shootout.
The injury could force Rota out of the Philippines’ World Cup Qualifying clash against Uzbekistan on Sept. 8 at Philippine Sports Stadium.

But sources close to Rota said the defender broke his seventh and eighth rib and could be out for at least three months, which meant he could also miss the games against North Korea on Oct. 8 in Pyongyang and against Bahrain on Oct. 13 in Manama.
Already without veteran defender Rob Gier who is set to go under the knife due to an injured knee, the Azkals could be left short on options at the back.
Luke Woodland, Jerry Lucena and Daisuke Sato started for the Azkals in the 2-0 win over Yemen in Qatar last June.
Sato is still recovering from a broken right hand. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley also included Amani Aguinaldo and Kenshiro Daniels in his 23-man training pool but Aguinaldo has seen little action the past couple of months for his club due to injury while Daniels, who plays winger for Kaya, remains a work in progress at the rightback position. 

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/190980/azkals-rota-suffers-broken-ribs-could-miss-wcq-games#ixzz3ju30vD44

Latest : OJ Porteria replacing Simone Rota in Azkals training pool .

Simone Rota's photo.

25 August 2015

Kaya, Ceres to face in UFL Cup finals after beating separate foes

By Paolo Del Rosario, CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The stage is set.

Kaya will contest the 2015 United Football League (UFL) Cup against league champions Ceres-La Salle at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Friday (August 28) after warding off their respective foes in the semifinals on Tuesday (August 25).
The first contest of the Tuesday double-header saw Kaya best Stallions 8-7 in a penalty shootout after extra-time.
Stallions started out the match on fire, going 2-0 up through goals from Simone Rota and Shirmar Felongco after 54 minutes. But the boys in yellow refused to go out without a fight and took a goal back after Patrick Osei slotted in a goal two minutes later to make it 2-1.
An unfortunate David Basa handball in the box five minutes later allowed Kaya to equalize. Kaya’s OJ Porteria made no mistake as he put the two teams on level terms with 29 minutes left in regulation.
No team could break the deadlock in regulation, pushing the match into extra time. Both teams exchanged goals, with Jordan Mintah and Diego Barrera scored for Stallions and Kaya, respectively.
The tie was finally settled in a penalty shootout, with Kaya keeper Nic O’Donnell saving former Azkal Ian Araneta’s spot kick before Louis Clark settled the tie by putting the ball beyond the Stalliion keeper.
The second fixture featuring the Loyola Meralco Sparks and Ceres-La Salle proved to be just as tight a match despite the lower scoreline.
Ceres-La Salle would do enough to squeak past the Younghusband-led Meralco Sparks, 1-0, after a second half strike from Orman Okunaiya found its way to the back of the Loyola net.
Brad Grayson almost put the Sparks ahead in the first half after being put through the Ceres defense following a Phil Younghusband through ball. Unfortunately for the Loyola man, he smashed his shot hard on the post.
It took 70 minutes for the deadlock to be broken as Ceres’ Okunaiya sneaked in a shot from outside the box to put the ball beyond the Merlaco keeper to make it 1-0.
Simon McMenemy’s men could not unlock the Ceres backline, which held firm on the way to a victory for the Bacolod-based squad.
Ceres-La Salle and Kaya will contest the UFL Cup Final at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Friday (August 28).


UFL Cup semifinals - Updated

UFL Cup Semifinals today :

5.15 pm Kaya vs Stallion

34 mins 0-1 Simone Rota (Stallion)
0-1 HT
54 mins 0-2 Felongco (Stallion)
56 mins 1-2 Osei (Kaya)
61 mins 2-2 OJ Porteria (Kaya) Penalty Kick
75 mins Kaole red card (Stallion)
2-2 FT
Extra time...
99 mins Osei red card (Kaya)
101 mins 2-3 Mintah (Stallion)
102 mins 3-3 Barrera (Kaya)
3-3 After extra time
Kaya wins 5-4 on Pks !


8.15 pm Ceres 1-0 Loyola

Cup final on Friday : Kaya vs Ceres Fc

Third place match : Stallion vs Loyola Meralco Sparks Fc