MAKING sure it didn’t underestimate its lower-seeded foe, Green Archers United thumped Manila Jeepney, 6-2, to clinch a berth in the quarterfinals of the United Football League Cup on Thursday night at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill.
Only two days after 13th seed Philippine Air Force pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament so far with a 1-0 squeaker over fourth seek Kaya in extra time, the fifth-seeded Archers scored a runaway victory over the 12th-seeded Jeepney to arrange a Round-of-8 meeting with Ceres-La Salle on Tuesday.
“Hindi kami nag-rerelax kasi ayaw naming matulad sa nangyari sa Air Force tsaka Kaya,” said Archers skipper Tating Pasilan, who was adjudged Man of the Match. “Kailangan talaga naming i-respeto yung opponent.”
Pasilan was one of six booters who found the back of the net in a balanced scoring attack for the Archers, who also gained offense from Agbayomi Olowoyeye, Arnie Pasinabo, Chieffy Caligdong, Jessie Martindale, and Mikel Garcia.
The Archers were supposed to face Air Force, but the UFL decided to revert to its original knockout-stage format at the last minute that drew the ire of most players and coaches.
“Medyo unfair para sa akin,” Pasilan said. “After natalo yung Kaya, nag-iba yung sistema. Nagulat kami, pero okay lang.”
Olowoyeye opened the scoring for the Archers six minutes into the game, before Pasinabo added a goal six minutes later and Caligdong tripled the lead in the 40th minute.
After Mamadou Sangare pulled a goal back for Jeepney three minutes into the second half, Pasilan retailed six minutes later.
Jeepney, the UFL’s newest team, scored anew courtesy of Christopher Arceo in the 68th minute, but the ejection of Sean Iliff for a straight red card four minutes later didn’t help the team’s cause.
The Archers thus pounced on the undermanned opposition as Martindale (77’) and Garcia (88’) joined the scoring fray.