PHILIPPINE UNITED CAME OUT ON TOP EASY WINNERS IN TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH
Philippine United played the other top team, Rickmansworth.F.C. at home and finished up 7-2 winners, which was not on the cards for today’s fixture.
The build up to the game was over rated because we expected a much harder game, because of their recent record, and their position in the league table, being one place above us, but we have four games in hand, so being only three points behind them, I don’t see a great problem, in overtaking them.
We started like a house on fire with close misses from Renan Ramos, Jason Arroyo, and Aniello Mone.I was thinking to myself, that hopefully these missed chances would not backfire on us, but shortly after the third chance, up popped Raymond Tordecilla, with the opening goal, slotting home to make it 1-0.
We kept pressing harder, and their defence could not cope with our constant attacking football, slicing them open, time, after time.
It stayed 1-0 up to the half an hour stage, then all Hell hit Rickmansworth, with a flurry of goals.
Goal machine, Aniello Mone scored our second goal, with a tap in, making it 2-0.
Almost straight from the kick -off, he scored again, driving his shot in the corner, making it 3-0.
Then came the fourth goal,again scored by the same player,taking his tally to three goals, another hat-trick for Aniello Mone,putting the ball neatly in the back of the net,and making the score 4-0.
We had not finished yet, before the half was ended, we got the fifth goal, which was blundered in on the goal line by Jeffrey Burgin.
At that moment in time, I could not believe that we had scored five goals against the top of the league, and that was how it stayed at the break.
We, again started poorly, as we have done on the last few occasions, after the break, and we just could not find our rhythm, that was flowing so well,in the first half.
Rickmansworth, started to gain confidence, and scored with a sloppy error in our defence, taking the scoreline to 5-1.
We started pushing forward again, but just could not find that final ball, to punish them and rap the game up.
Shortly after a few good attacks, Rickmansworth scored their second goal, now making the score 5-2.
By now I was quite verbal on the touchline, and getting frustrated at our performance in the second half, as it was like the game was already won, by some of our players, and I gave them the input that they needed. We had to bring off star player Raymond Tordecilla because he got a strained thigh, and also Renee Banao, with a pulled hamstring.
I also injected some new life into the centre of midfield, putting on Karlos Frederick, who is looking better every game, making his presence felt immediately, with telling passes to our strikers.
The sixth goal came from Jason (The Beast) Arroyo, taking the score to 6-2, and then almost the last kick of the game Aniello Mone was there again,to put home his fourth, and our seventh, making the final score, 7-2.
It may be hard to believe, but our last three games have all ended, 7-2, which is quite amazing, winning by the same scoreline three times in a row.
We expected to face a much better opposition, but it just goes to show how good we are.
The funny thing is that PUFC did not give a great performance, but managed a great victory.
The players who took the eye this week were, Garey Reyes, (yet again), Renan Ramos had a good first half, but faded in the second.
Aniello Mone didnt have his greatest game, but scored four goals,taking his tally to 33 goals, which is a brilliant feat, and he looks like he might even score 50, having eight games left.
Jeffrey Burgin was outstanding at the back, but once again Man of the Match had to go to Marco Ordona, for his tireless work in midfield, and general dominance, throughout the match.
I was very pleased with our result today, and to round off a great weekend, we had our anniversary party for Philippine United, in Shepherds Bush, London, of which went fantastically well, with all the players, their parents, friends, etc, turned up, and members of the Philippine Embassy also.
Until next week all you PUFC fans keep the faith, and hopefully we will keep on winning.
Yours in Football,