Last Sunday, the Loyola Meralco Sparks rallied in the second half and snatched a 3-2 win against JP Voltes to retake second spot in the 2016 UFL League. Despite the win and its implications on potential AFC Cup qualification, team captain James Younghusband expressed his disappointment with how the squad played — particularly in the first half.
“Obviously, we know we are better than our first half performance. We are all disappointed with the way we played even though we won one-nil up,” said Younghusband.
Though wary of the room of improvement, the skipper commended the big adjustment that the whole team made during their second half resurgence.
“Performance-wise, it’s just very disappointing but I think it was a big change, a big up percentage-wise in terms of work rate in the second half. I think we got our reward,” said the captain.
With the recent win, the Sparks are closer to the aim of snagging a slot in the 2017 AFC Cup slot, two points ahead of nearest rivals Ceres-La Salle and JP Voltes.
“Obviously, it’s great to be there. I said our aim last week is always first place and this brings us closer. We just want to compete with the top. It’s always the motivation,” Younghusband said.
The Sparks next face Ceres on Saturday, in what will be a crucial encounter in deciding which team will join Global as the second Filipino representative in the AFC Cup. The crunch tie will kickoff at 4:00pm at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.