PHILIPPINE UTD EXTENDS UNBEATEN RECORD WITH ANOTHER BRILLIANT VICTORY
Today we had a home game against Portland F.C., which we won quite easily with a great 7-2 scoreline.
I was expecting a lot more from Portland, who have had some good results of late, but obviously we were a different opposition to the teams they had been playing recently.
We started the demolition as early as the fifth minute, with a well took goal by who else but Aneillo Mone, who scored with a great finish, giving their keeper no chance, to make it 1-0.
We didn’t have long to wait for the second goal either, and we were all in shock as Marco Ordona scored his first goal for the club with an acute drive into the far corner. A fine goal to open his account and take us to a 2-0 lead.
We were in total control and played some lovely football throughout the half, and got our just rewards with a third coming from Raymond Tordecilla, who volleyed home from close range to make it 3-0.
It stayed that way up to the break, and just like last week, I didn’t have to say a lot at the half-time interval.
We started a little slower after the break, just like last week. It’s easy to get complacent when a team is running the show for long periods, but sure enough up popped the fourth, with another shock that was more unbelievable than the goal that Marco scored.
It came from a good cross on the left side, and leaping above everyone like a gazelle at the back post, there was yours truly, Jason (The Beast) Arroyo, to head home from five yards, crashing the back of the net, to take the scoreline to 4-0.
Jason is still only five-feet three tall (even when he’s wearing his platform shoes) so it was quite an achievement.
Against the run of play we had a very dodgy penalty decision given against us, which Portland converted after a weird decision by the referee to re-take it. During the first penalty, which missed, the referee said he heard one of our players cough in an attempt to try and put their penalty taker off. In all my years in football I have never heard of a referee blowing his whistle for that. Nevertheless, we respected his decision and it made the score 4-1.
We got back into top gear and soon came along the fifth, with Raymond Tordecilla cracking the ball home to make it 5-1.
Aniello Mone added another, making it 6-1, and then Raymond Tordecilla scored the sixth, and completed his hat-trick, rounding the score at 7-1.
Portland got another penalty given in their favour and scored to make the final result 7-2.
In all, it was another classy performance from Philippine United, and another three points.
Once again, the referee came up to us after the game, and commented about the great football that we played throughout the match, as did last week’s referee. It’s nice to know that we are getting appreciated with the good stuff we are doing on the pitch.
Good performances came from Garey Reyes, Raymond Tordecilla, Keith Townsend, who had a very sound game in goal, and Oli Liyanage, who unfortunately had to come off, after a collision with his own team-mate Renee Banao.
Just falling short of the Man of the Match was top scorer Aniello Mone, who had a great game upfront, working tirelessly, making effortless runs, and just generally being a thorn in Portland’s side the whole game. Had his finishing been better, he would have scored more….. but Man of the Match this week can only go to one player, Marco Ordona, for his tenacity from the start, right up to the last kick. He won every header in the middle of the park, never missed a tackle, and rounded up a brilliant performance with a good goal. His distribution was excellent also, and probably gave his best performance this season, although he has had one or two good ones already.
Well all you PUFC fans, once again, your team has sailed through, with another great victory, which has extended our unbeaten league record to nearly seven months.
Until next week, keep the faith as always, and keep checking our website, for all the present news about Philippine United.
Yours in Football,