Welcome To Emperador Stadium

Emperador Stadium is an all-weather football pitch made of artificial turf. Developed by real estate developer Megaworld Corporation, it sits on a 15,000 square meter land in McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, City of Taguig. The stadium has a seating capacity of 2,000 and is home to the United Football League Philippines.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Global Down 10-Men Kaya, Loyola Hand Army Reality Check

18 January Results:
Manila Jeepney 8-1 Navy FC
Agila FC 4-1 Manila All-Japan
Loyola 5-1 Philippine Army
Global 2-1 Kaya FC
Perennial title contenders Global got their title challenge back on track after narrowly defeating rivals Kaya FC, 2-1, last Saturday. Kaya star OJ Porteria will undoubtedly be the center of all discussions as the striker turned from hero to villain in the span of ten minutes.
The gifted attacker opened the scoring three minutes into the match from an indirect free-kick, after Paolo Pascual, who earned a rare start in goal, inexplicably handled a back pass deep inside his box. Porteria looked to have doubled the lead ten minutes later, but amidst the celebrations, it was revealed that the forward had deliberately used his hand to score. The goal was subsequently disallowed, with Porteria being shown a straight red for his troubles.
Capitalizing on their man advantage, Global equalized on the half hour mark, with new signing Charles Pettys heading in Misagh Bahadoran’s cross. The go ahead goal came seven minutes later, with center back Valentine Kama bundling in from a corner kick. The second half saw Global dominate proceedings without really threatening Kaya too much, which Australian coach David Perkovic took solace in despite the disappointment of defeat.
“I’m extremely proud of my boys,” said Perkovic after the match. “I can’t ask for more than what they gave.” The Australian also had some harsh words regarding the decision to send Porteria off. “What OJ did was wrong and we’ll deal with that internally. But if this referee is refereeing again next week, it will be a farce. Decisions like those cost championships.”
After suffering a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Loyola in his opening match, new Global coach Leigh Manson was happy to get his first win for the club, but was hardly getting carried away. “It feels better, the three points, than the last game,” he said “We’ve had majority of the ball, but we’re not creating enough. We want to excite. We want to play good football, but of course we want to win games.”
On Porteria’s sending off, Manson said, “I’d have to see that again, but red was perhaps a bit harsh. Kaya did very well with a man down.”
In the evening’s earlier match, Loyola continued the majestic form that has seen them win all their matches since the start of the season, demolishing Philippine Army 5-1. The revamped Armed Forces side was a lot more competitive than the scoreline reflected, however, with missed opportunities proving crucial in their demise.
Phil Younghusband opened the scoring in the 26th minute, tapping in Matt Hartmann’s shot that had gone wide. Center back Samuel Bonney nodded in the second ten minutes later from a corner kick, with Freddy Gonzalez smartly cushioning a header into his path. The evergreen striker got on the score sheet himself five minutes into the second half, converting a counter-attack after being teed up by Phil.
Former national team player Nestorio Margarse gave Loyola a slight scare when he scored from free-kick to cut the deficit. But substitute Lee Won Hyung restored the advantage in the 75th minute, calmly slotting home from an acute angle after being played in by Younghusband. Phil capped off another dazzling display with an expertly taken free-kick, making it two goals and two assists for the evening.
“It’s easy when you’re playing with good players,” said Younghusband after the game.” I feel like I’m just in the zone right now. When you’re feeling confident, you feel like you can do anything.”
In the Second Division matches, Manila Jeepney thrashed Navy, 8-1, while Agila dominated Manila All-Japan, 4-1.
(Tuesday) 21 January Matches:
17:15 Pasargad v Global
19:30 Pachanga Diliman v Stallion
Source: http://www.ufl.ph

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