Karl Decena, InterAKTV
The Loyola Meralco Sparks came away with a 3-1 victory against Indonesian side Persepam Madura United to bounce back in their campaign in the 2013 Menpora Cup on Monday at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java.
James Younghusband and Lee Joo Young scored one goal apiece for Loyola before an own goal by Madura sealed the final score for the Sparks, who recovered from 1-nil loss against Arema Malang last Saturday.
Lee started the scoring with a goal at the 19th minute, but Madura’s Denny Rumba quickly answered with a conversion at the 20th minute to tie the match.
Younghusband broke the deadlock after hitting the back of the net at the 45th minute to give Loyola a 2-1 halftime lead.
Madura suffered a huge blow in its comeback effort as Fachruddin Wahyudi Aryanto made an own goal at the 55th minute, allowing the Sparks to take a commanding 3-1 edge en route to the victory.
Loyola notched the triumph despite having just 41 percent of the possession and attempting eight shots, five of which were on target. Madura had more goal chances with 17, seven of which were on target.
The Sparks will next face Mitra Kukar on Wednesday to complete their matches in the Malang Group.
The 2013 Menpora Cup is an invitational club tournament featuring local clubs in Indonesia and some international teams. Also playing in the other group of the competition, the Bandung Group, are defending Australian League champion Central Coast Mariners, reigning Southeast Asian Games champion Malaysia Under-23 football team, domestic sides Persib Bandung, one of the most successful clubs in Indonesian history, and Sriwijaya FC, 2012 champion of the Indonesia Super League.
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