PHILIPPINE UTD FIGHT BACK TO KEEP UNBEATEN RECORD AFTER DISASTROUS START
Today, we were away at Langleybury FC, who we beat comfortably last week at home 5-0, but today was a completely different story.
One of the first things I told the guys in the dressing room before the game was to forget the score last week as this is a totally different game. We found ourselves 1-0 down, straight from the kick off, with a stupid defensive error and only a few minutes later we were 2-0 down. It looked like we were in for a busy afternoon and it got busier when they went 3-0 up after twenty five minutes.
They had virtually three attacks and scored three goals. Everything went right for them and you could definitely say that they had lady luck on their side. Their pitch was very different from ours, being smaller and a rough surface, which allowed them to shut us down and stop us playing the football that we are used to doing on large, flat pitches. We battled well all through the first half and had numerous chances, but we just could not find the back of the net.
That is how the score finished at the break, so we had some serious work cut out for the second half. Right from the off, we started to dominate the game and put a lot of pressure on Langleybury’s defence and it paid off, with the referee awarding us a penalty, which Michael Cepillo put it in the corner, making the score 3-1. We really took hold of the game and it was just a matter of time before we scored again and we did, with good approach work and a good finish from captain, Renee Ramos, making it 3-2.
We looked a different team in the second half. It was so one sided, just like last week, when we played them and we kept to our task with great diligence. Finally, we got what we deserved, when Jason “the beast” Arroyo hit the top corner, giving their keeper no chance and making the score 3-3.
We threw everything but the kitchen sink at their defence and in the end we just run out of time, but you have to say that it was a great effort to come back from 3-0 down and we showed real character throughout the team, with good performances from Raymond Tordecilla, Jason Arroyo, Garey Reyes and Marco Ordona was a tower of strength in the middle. The Man of the Match goes to captain, Renan Ramos, for his leadership qualities that we needed on the day and his general play throughout the game with his never say die attitude. He may not be the tallest or heaviest in our team, but there is no one in the whole squad, who tackles and comes out with the ball, time after time, like he does. When he is at his best, he is such an asset to the team.
I’m sorry I could not report another great victory, but at least all you PUFC fans still have that luxury of having the only unbeaten team in the league.
Keep the faith.
Yours in Football,