PHILIPPINE UNITED COME BACK FROM 0-2 DOWN TO KEEP THEIR UNBEATEN RECORD
Yes, Philippine United had a bit of a scary time against Croxley F.C., coming out winners 4-3 after being 0-2 down.
From the start, Croxley let us know that we were in for a tough time with hard tackling, sometimes crude, but may I say effective, as a lot of our players were intimidated by these rough tactics. The forwards suffered in the first half, as we didn’t have any good link up play from the midfield.
The first blow came after only a couple of minutes, when the referee blew for a free kick just outside the box which was rather harsh on Garey Reyes as his aerial challenge looked good. The defence didn’t line the wall up very effectively and their striker scored with a low hard shot in the corner.
We started to put lots of pressure on them, but with no end result. I must say that Croxley defended excellently in the first period and looked very hard to break down. Half way through the half, Croxley scored again, making it 0-2, and making it a tough task to come back, as nothing was going right for PUFC. Then we stuck one home from close range with a good finish from Raymond Tordecilla, to go in at half time 1-2 down.
As usual, when things are not going well in the first period, I did not hold back at the half time team talk. Anyway it must have worked as we were a different team after the break. We started moving the ball a lot better, looking like the team we are, and shortly after the start, leading scorer, Anielo Mone poached a good equalizer, making it 2-2.
Not long after we saw the goal of the season, coming from Raymond Tordecilla. It was a cracker. A free kick from around 25 yards which he hit with such power and accuracy that their keeper didn’t see the ball until it hit the back of the net making the score now in our favour, 3-2.
After the third goal, we started to open up their defence at will and sure enough, up popped Anielo Mone to score a fourth goal, making it 4-2. One thing I have to say about Croxley is that considering their lowly placed position in the league table, they never gave up and gave us another scare when they scored a third goal, coming from a very lucky deflection that Engelbert Cepillo, our keeper, could not be blamed.
Also I have to mention is that when we were still 1-2 down after the break, Engelbert Cepillo made an incredible save at full stretch, saving a hard shot and had it gone in, we would have gone behind, making it 1-3 down, which could have been to big a hurdle to climb. He also made another brilliant save shortly afterwards at full stretch again, rounding up a good performance from our keeper.
We would have scored a lot more goals had it not been for Croxley’s excellent young keeper. I must admit that it was not a classic game to watch, but you have to admire us for coming back, like we did. The only blemish in the game was having Jesse Arroyo sent off for retaliation, which was also very harsh.
Once again our two strikers shared the honours, with two goals each, just like our last game, of which they scored three goals each, so it seems like they are gelling together, as an attacking unit. Good performances coming from Chris Tordecilla, Brian Buazon, Raymond Tordecilla, but Man of the Match this week goes to Marco Ordona, who didn’t particularly have a good first half but he dug in his heels in the second half, dominating the midfield, when we needed to, which I believe changed the game. Also his amazing long throws were always a threat to the Croxley defence.
I have to say that it was not one of our better performances, but no team can play good football all the time and lets face facts here, we did get the right result in the end. We have a tough game again next week, against Langbury F.C., so until then, remember all you PUFC fans, that we are still unbeaten and let’s hope we can remain so.
Keep the faith.
Yours in Football,