Matchday three of the NCAA Season 95 Football Tournament gave us more goals and exciting matches as the country’s oldest collegiate competition continues to satisfy our needs for some football action.
Heading into matchday three, tournament hosts De La Salle-College of St. Benilde Blazers faces Mapua University to take the solo top spot as they currently sit on the second place of the competition with two wins in the bag a tremendous +13 in goal difference.
Meanwhile, Mapua University wants to make amends after dropping their first two matches against Arellano University and San Beda University.
Onto the other fixtures, Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals are on the hunt for their first win this season when they face title contenders Lyceum of the Philippines University as they’ve dropped their first match against the Blazers after a four-nil drubbing on matchday day one.
On the other hand, the LPU Pirates will try to for their first three points in the competition after they gave last season’s runners-up a taste of blemish in their record as they held Arellano Univerisity Chiefs to a scoreless stalemate on matchday two.
Looking to close out matchday three on a high, the Chiefs face Colegio de San Juan de Letran in their bid for second place after winning their first match and dropping the other.
Let’s take a look at the results of matchday three of the NCAA Season 95 Football Tournament held at the historic Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
DLS-CSB Blazers vs MU Cardinals
Another huge defeat for the Mapua Cardinals after De La Salle-College of St. Benilde power their way past the opposition to grab their third win of the season and go atop the league standings.
The Blazers went close to scoring their first goal of the match after Carl Facturanan’s strike scraped the side-netting and showed their clear intents to go for the goal in the first 10 minutes of the match.
In the 20th minute, a thunderous effort from John Clyde Vitualla finds the back of the net to the delight of his teammates and coaches as they lead against a tougher Mapua University side.
The Blazers continued to pressure the opposition’s defence and they came close twice had it not for the never-say-die defending attitude of the Cardinals.
Vitualla came close to his second in the 28th minute but a sliding effort from Christian Jamon saved the blushes of the Cardinals’ defence.
A strike from Timothy Sarreal in the 29th minute went flying over the bar. The Cardinals are showing a different kind of aura against CSB compared to their previous matches as they’ve shown intents to score a goal and defend pretty well against the blazers.
The blazers took a commanding lead on the 34th minute as Daniel Liozo piled home the goal after receiving a simple yet accurate pass from the right.
Roland Avilla was called into action on the 35th-minute after a dummy play from Liozo that allowed his teammate Andrae Roa fire from distance but Avila was quick to go down and save the strike.
An error from the defence gave the Blazers their fourth goal of the match just a minute before halftime. Jamon was able to head the ball from the corner but instead of clearing it, he headed it up and it bounced its way behind Avilla.
The goal was eventually awarded to Augustin Roa despite the deflection from the defender and Avila.
The Blazers continued to impose their dominance over the Cardinals in the second half as they went on to fire more goals past the keeper.
Roa got his brace in the 50th minute after a great strike from a sumptious sequence of play. Vitualla would also get his brace four minutes after Roa as he piled the ball past Avila.
Roa finally got his hat-trick as he converted from the spot in the 59th minute after Facturanan was taken down inside the box.
Liozo also joined the scoring party as he flat-footed the goalkeeper in the 69th minute when he converted from the spot because of a handball called against Mapua.
Six minutes before the end of the match, Neil Manuel capped off the Blazers’ fantastic performance as he scored the eighth goal of the match for the tournament hosts.
Their next match will be a tough one as they will face Arellano University on the 28th of January.
EAC Generals vs LPU Pirates (Match of the Day)
With either of the teams seeking their first victory of the season, the LPU Pirates are coming into this match a little bit of confidence after blanking last season’s runners-up Arellano University in their meeting on matchday two while the Generals were dealt with a four-nil drubbing by the Blazers.
The first half of their encounter shows the paces of these to clubs as they went right at it in the first 15 minutes of the match.
Some quick counterattacks and well-orchestrated plays were in display but none of them finding the back of the net.
In the 20th minute, the Generals came close to scoring as Jonathan Muñez tried for the go-ahead goal while he’s falling down bt
Two minutes after, the crowd in the Rizal Memorial Stadium were in ecstasy after Christian Castillo scored the opener thanks to a mistake as well from the goalkeeper Mellex Andes. He tried to chip the keeper and Andes was fooled by the high-looping ball which bounced its net over the line.
The Pirates were on the verge of an equalizer when a mistake from the defence gave Clyde Casili a clear path on goal. He made the goalkeeper, Djohn Pusing commit, but failed to convert from point-blank range in the 28th minute.
The Pirates then got the leveller on the 40th minute after a strike from Clyde Casili went past the outstretched arms of Pusing.
They continued to look for the go-ahead goal a minute after but their strike was cleared away by the defence.
At the start of the second half, the Pirates’ persistence finally paid dividends and gave them the advantage after a scramble inside the box found Algie Almodal free to shoot and convert from close range.
They continued their inspired start in the second half as Sentenaryo San Antonio tried to double the lead but his effort was tipped over the bar by Pusing.
Another equalizer came in this time, from the Generals through a free-kick. Jhunar Forio took a hail-mary shot from distance which bounced past the puzzled Andes.
A rollercoaster of a match found the Pirates in the lead again in the 70th minute as Almodal got his brace after he fired a magnificent half-volley from a cross that came from Winces Balbino.
The Pirates doubled their lead thanks to Casili in the 81st minute as he was alert when the keeper spilled the ball allowed him to put it away.
the final nail in the coffin was hammered down by Criss Suarez in the 88th minute after a blistering run from the left wing before slotting it into the right corner past Pusing.
“We gave a very good performance. We can still improve. It helped a lot that our first game was against Arellano. That kept the boys on their toes,” said coach Rodolfo Clariño.
They will be facing the defending champions San Beda University on January 28, and would hope to play as spoilers for the Red Lions’ unbeaten run.
AU Chiefs vs CSJL Knights
A goal after three minutes from Arellano University by Spencer Galasa. He composed himself well before firing with his left foot and making sure it’s out of the goalkeeper’s reach.
The chiefs thought they got their second just a minute after the opener but the referee deemed it offside.
Eight minutes after the opener, the Chiefs were at it again as Galasa got his brace by rolling it past the keeper and the trailing defence of Letran.
An impending third goal was finally converted by Al Jun Baclaso in the 12th minute of the match after a patient build-up of play which ended in him running past the defender before firing close range.
The goalkeeper got a touch to the ball but his effort was not enough to prevent last season’s runners-up to get their goal.
The goals just kept on pouring for the Chiefs as Galasa drilled in his hat-trick in the 15th minute to get their fourth goal of the match.
Some heroic were needed from Mark Manalang in the 24th minute as he went down and hit the left post to clear the ball away from goal. He gave everyone a thumbs up as he reassured everyone in the building that he’s fine.
The chiefs would eventually get their fifth goal a minute after Manalang’s clearance thanks to a head from Kervin Papilota after a well-placed cross from his teammate.
Galasa earned his fourth goal of the match in the 30th minute to impose their dominance over the lowly Knights.
Cometh the 31st minute, Arellano University unlocked seventh heaven after a stroke of beauty from Miller Akiapat. The wonder-kid fired a curling ball from way out and found the top left corner of the goal where no keeper can get to.
Baclason thought he could get their lucky number eight in the 39th minute but his strike sent the crossbar rattling.
Patrick John Bernate joined the scoring party a minute before half-time through a free-kick into the bottom left corner of the goal. Moments earlier, Baclason forced the goalkeeper to get out of the penalty box which led to the said free-kick.
The second half was no different as the Chiefs continued to give the Knights a tough beating.
Galasa found the back of the net for the fifth time in the match after another incisive lob from his teammate and have reached cloud nine as well.
The Chiefs might’ve slowed down but they converted their 10th goal of the match in the 73rd minute thanks to Galasa’s double hat-trick. He soared over everyone from a free-kick and headed the ball into the back of the net.
Not letting down on the goalscoring fiesta, Kim Abuel joined the party in the 33rd minute as he whistles in his club’s 11th goal to chase San Beda University’s scoreline against the Knights.
Abuel also got his brace after he punched Arellano University’s 12th goal in the 83rd minute.
Seventh goal in the bag and 13th goal for Arellano. That’s what happened in the 85th minute of the match as Galasa rifled a strike with his left foot. With this goal, he now sits atop the goalscoring parade ahead of San Beda’s Rosi Sumudivila.
“We just take it one game at a time and of course we have to score more goal. Goal lang ng goal. Medyo hindi kami happy kasi marami kaming nasayang na goals,” said coach Ravelo Saluria after the match.
Speaking to us as well was the man of the match and player of the day, Galasa, after a fantastic seven-goal performance.
“Sobrang saya po. Hindi po ako nagpo-focus sa mga goals, all the credits sa mga kasama ko pero stick pa din kami sa mga plano ni coach,” said the very timid yet relentless Galasa.