|Green Archers stay in top flight
Green Archers United Globe hammered out a 7-2 triumph over a shorthanded Army side Saturday to ensure it lived to fight another season in the first division of the United Football League at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Finally playing to their potential, Archers came back from a goal down before running riot against a weary Army side in the second half and stayed off relegation trouble in emphatic fashion.
The win was only Archers’ third for the season – two of them coming at the expense of the Armymen, whom they also defeated, 3-1, in the first round.
Substitute Jess Melliza scored two second-half goals, while Tating Pasilan, Gabby Oloweyeye, Arvin Gaspe, Reynaldo Villareal and Nikko Villa all got in the scoresheet in an explosive show by the Archers who posted their biggest winning margin in the first division.
For awhile, it didn’t looked good for Archers as Army took the lead in the fifth minute when Romano Vestal fired low past Patrick Deyto, after a pass from Meliton Pelayo cut apart the defense.
But it only took 10 minutes for Archers to find the equalizer. Shapay Johnson found Pasilan with a darting run on the left, before the striker sent the ball into the middle of the box where Gaspe unleashed a well-placed shot beyond Ed Sacapano.
Army was still recovering its bearings when Green Archers found the go-ahead goal two minutes later. This time, it was Villareal with a stunning shot from just outside the box after a layoff from Arnie Pasinabo on the free kick.
Archers, growing in confidence, notched a third goal on the counter-attack with Oloweyeye finishing it off with a shot from just inside the box to beat a charging Sacapano.
Melliza put the outcome beyond doubt with a brilliant individual effort in the 73rd minute, before Pasilan, and Villa put some gloss on the scoreline with late strikes.
With 13 points, Archers need not worry about relegation as Navy got the boot with a 1-10 loss to Loyola Meralco in the second match. Army, which pulled a late goal back courtesy of Meliton Pelayo, can still finish as high as sixth.