Big UFL Cup wins for Nomads, Stallion

Manila Nomads and Stallion both bolstered their chances of making the quarter-finals of the UFL Cup after emphatic victories on Sunday.

Football News: Manila Nomads

By staff

Manila Nomads are now top of Group C with nine points after a 7-2 win over Mendiola FC 1991, but both Loyola Meralco Sparks and Pachanga are three behind with a game in hand and a better goal difference.

Nomads did, however, get off to a slow start at the University of Makati Stadium, falling behind in the 23rd minute through a Jerome Orcullo strike, although Aron de Rama restored parity from the spot six minutes later.

Mendiola edged ahead once more through a Prince Alhassan strike in the 59th minute but the Nomads were awarded another penalty in the 71st minute, which Phil Connoly successfully converted.

Steve Borril then put Michael Denison's charges ahead for the first time in the 76th minute, before Jason Arroyo all but wrapped up the points with a fourth for his side a minute later.

From then on, there was always only going to be on winner and the Nomads went on to cap off a remarkable outing with further strikes in the final eight minutes from Paolo Enrile, Borril and Arroyo.

Over in Group D, Stallion recorded a 8-0 triumph over Agila to move second in Group D.

Stallion captain Reuben Doctora netted twice in the opening nine minutes to put his side firmly in the driving seat, before Lee Joo-young made it 4-0 shortly before the half-hour mark with two goals in a couple of minutes.

OJ Clarino then added another in the 37th minute, Jason de Jong got in on the act with a brace, before Nam Yeul-woo made it 7-0 five minutes from time.

Stallion are now just two points behind Philippine Army, whose charge to the quarter-finals took a slight blip as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Sta. Lucia Mustangs.

The Mustangs took the lead through Kim Da-bin in the 24th minute, but Eduardo Gempisaw found the back of the net a minute after the hour mark to steal a share of the spoils for Army.

Sunday's UFL Cup Results

Group C

Manila Nomads 7-2 Mendiola FC 1991

Group D

Philippine Army 1-1 Sta. Lucia Mustangs

Agila 0-8 Stallion

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