United Football League Cup: Stallion FC out to build on first win

Posted on February 12, 2016

STALLION FC, victorious in its United Football League (UFL) Cup opener last Sunday, is bent on building on its first win and help its push to achieve its initial goal of advancing to the next round.

Stallion FC players celebrate during their game against Kaya FC on Sunday. The Stallions won the said game, 1-0. -- KC Cruz/UFL Facebook account
The Ernest Nierras-coached Stallions are to face MSA Agila FC when they collide on Feb. 14 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium at 4 p.m.

“We always want to do better than the previous year. Obviously we want to go the easy way to the next round so we have to top our group,” Mr. Nierras told a handful of sports media after their 1-0 win over defending champion Kaya FC.

In the just-under-way UFL Cup, a compressed field of 12 teams is featured. The teams are divided into two groups of six teams with the top four teams advancing to the next round.

Group A has defending UFL Cup champion Kaya, Stallion, JP Voltes FC, Laos FC, Forza FC and Agila MSA FC.

In Group B are League champion Ceres-La Salle FC, Global FC, Loyola Meralco, Green Archers United FC, Nomads FC and Pasargad FC.

Against Kaya, the Stallions survived a tough stand from the defending champs to notch win number one in the new UFL Cup season.

Jordan Mintah gifted his team a goal at the 39th minute with an impressive shot from the outside, which turned out to be the game winner.

“This is a young team with many under-23 players. But I’m optimistic that they can complement the play of our veterans like Jordan Mintah, Ruben Doctora and Simone Rota and do better in the tournament. This is a good start for us as we are off to a winning note,” said Mr. Nierras.

UFL Cup action resumes tomorrow with Global vs. Green Archers United at 4 p.m., JP Voltes against Forza at 6:15 p.m. and Pasargad versus Loyola at 8:30 p.m.

On Sunday, after Stallion versus Agila, it is Nomads against Ceres at 6:15 p.m. and Kaya vs. Laos at 8:30 p.m.

The UFL is opening the gates to the games for free for the second straight weekend. -- MASM