|UFL Season in Review: Stallion, Pasargad make presence felt
Newly-promoted teams Penson Stallion-Giligans and Pasargad provided some of the most attractive football in the UFL season that just finished.
With its slick passing and movement, Stallion was a joy to watch. Moments of individual brilliance highlighted Pasargad’s campaign that saw them finish strong in their first season at the top flight.
Stallion got off to a promising start, with three straight victories to start the season, including a 4-1 demolition of the Loyola Meralco Sparks.
Teams could do little to stop Stallion and it appeared that it was actually on its way to pull off the improbable.
But the team faded at the tailend of the first round and struggled in the second round before eventually finishing fourth.
While Stallion faded, Pasargad grew stronger as the tournament wore on.
After picking up eight players during the transfer window to strengthen its roster, Pasargad finally found its stride.
A 3-2 win over Army in which they scored three well-worked goals served as the launching pad for their strong finish to the season.
The defense was suspect at times, but scoring wasn’t a problem with Mohamed Ohadi providing some magical moments and Shayan Jafaredestjerdi thriving on attack.
Pasargad endured some tough results, too, particularly at the start of the season. But with reinforcements arriving, they went on a roll.
There was a stretch when they went unbeaten in five matches and were considered as giant slayers in the league after wins over Loyola, Stallion and Air Force.
Pasargad left a lasting impression of its attacking strength in its final game of the season. Down 2-3 to Army heading into the last 10 minutes, Pasargad masterfully carved up the defense with four goals in a seven-minute span to end its season on a high note.
They may be newcomers in the first division this season, but Stallion and Pasargad created an impact, showing that they will be a force to reckon with in seasons to come as long as they keep their key players.