Stallions survive late Pachanga comeback to sustain winning streak
May 14, 2015


The Stallions continued their perfect start to the season as they won their sixth game in a row, following Rufo Sanchez’s fierce strike from distance, to secure all three points in a 3-1 victory over Pachanga, Thursday at the Emperador Stadium.

The Stallions dominated the game for the most part, with Lee Joo Young and Balut Doctora giving the Stallions a first-half lead, but a Jason Cunliffe free-kick in the second half started some resistance from Pachanga, which had a couple of chances to equalize, but failed to cash in on them.

First half

The Stallions continued where they left off their last game, controlling the possession and creating the early chances in the match. After Rufo Sanchez fired wide early on, Jerome Leung pulled off a good double save, diving to his left to tip away a Sanchez shot before getting up quickly to block the Lee Joo Young follow-up.

Pachanga created their first chance as Robert Canedo missed his header from close-range after some good build-up play. Then the narrative of the game, Sanchez versus Leung, resumed as the Spanish forward was sent through, but Leung came out well to block his attempt.

More good passing from the Stallions saw Lee Joo Young play in Sanchez with a well-weighted through ball, the striker crossing for Balut Doctora, but Pachanga dove in well to block the chance. Sanchez was again the provider in the next chance as he turned and laid the ball off for Park Bo Bae, but his shot was deflected just wide.

With Anto Gonzales trying to urge his teammates to remain organized and press their men, Sanchez picked out Lee Joo Young who finished in the bottom-left corner to open the scoring and give the Stallions a deserved lead in the game in the 31st minute.

After the restart, Sanchez had a chance of his own, heading just over, before Bervic Italia provided the ball for Balut Doctora to tuck into the goal for the Stallions’ second in the 40th minute. Just before halftime, Anto Gonzales created the best chance of the half for Pachanga, turning his man well and playing a neat through ball for Yves Ashime to chase. Ashime took it a little too far though and hit it too close to Munoz.

Afterwards, Lee Joo Young burst through on the right, shooting wide, but the Pachanga players and staff took exception to the lack of an offside flag, berating the official. Ariel Zerrudo was given a red card and sent off, while the Pachanga manager launched into a barrage of insults in reaction, being sent to the stands as well, though at least neither of them kicked the linesman this time.

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Second half

Stallions began the second half as comfortable as the first. Kim Hyo Il nipped in to steal the ball to feed Lee Joo Young. He beat the offside trap and turned well, but his shot was blocked with a legitimate shout of handball.

Pachanga started to get back into the game after that chance. Jose Santos was played through with some neat passing, but he couldn’t find his feet and ended up tamely knocking the ball across the goal, making it easy to clear.

Soon after, Jason Cunliffe won the ball well in midfield and played in Canedo, but he likewise had difficulty finding his feet and Pachanga again broke down in the final third. Rufo Sanchez was then brought down just outside the area and picked himself up to get on the end of a well-worked free-kick, though his shot flew just over the bar.

The Stallions were then awarded a penalty, but with the linesman flagging for offside, the referee eventually sorted out the order of play and gave the offside. Pachanga started creeping into the game though, and after bursting through and shooting just wide, a nice turn and a shot threatened Munoz’ goal, but he was equal to the task and fell to his left to smother the ball.

Pachanga pulled a goal back soon after, as Jason Cunliffe fired a free-kick on the edge of the area into the top corner. With the left-footed drive, Cunliffe brought Pachanga within reach of a comeback and they continued to threaten the Stallion goal. Substitute Jay Eusebio sent through on the right, but his tame effort was easily smothered by Munoz with one man free in the middle for the pass.

With Jason Cordova shown a yellow card for pushing into the back of the Pachanga forward, Jason Cunliffe soon followed into the book before Leung pulled off another good save, beating away a Sanchez shot from distance to keep his side in the game.

Soon after, he couldn’t reach another Sanchez rocket though, as the Spanish forward took the ball just over twenty yards out and fired into the top corner, with Leung inches away from the unstoppable shot. The goal made the result much safer as Sanchez took his tally for the season to seven goals.

A minute later, Pachanga had another penalty shot, as Ousseynou Diop was brought down seemingly inside the area by Jason Cordova, booked just moments earlier, but the referee deemed the foul was outside. Canedo took the free kick, catching out Munoz, but the ball rebounded off the bar into the path of Ashime, who hooked the ball against the woodwork again, but the linesman gave offside so the follow-up wouldn’t have counted anyway.

The Stallions saw the game out, generally dominant throughout the ninety minutes, but Pachanga showed flashes of quality.

What’s next for the teams

After the victory, the Stallions maintain their winning streak and will face their biggest test against Global on March 19. One team will see their unbeaten run end as the clubs look to find some gap between them as only goals conceded separate them at the moment, as they have eighteen points from six wins and having scored twenty one goals.

Pachanga, meanwhile, sit in mid-table and will be looking to secure more points against the only team yet to win a point, the Air Force, on March 21. - RAF/AMD, GMA News

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Published last: 2015-05-10 22:00:06

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