By Gabriel TanFollow @@gabetan13
Having fallen to their first defeat of the season last Tuesday after being beaten 4-2 by Stallion Sta. Lucia, the Sparks entered the game at the Emperador Stadium desperate to bounce back but took awhile to get going, despite taking a fourth-minute lead when Mark Hartmann converted Phil Younghusband's right-wing cross at the far post.
Luisito Brillantes equalised for the second-from-bottom Army in the 29th minute, but Loyola reclaimed their lead three minutes before the break when Younghusband clinically fired a penalty into the bottom corner, after Jang Joo-wong had been brought down inside the area.
Jang then got on the score-sheet himself in the 54th minute when he latched Hartmann's neat pass and skipped past a defender before blasting home in emphatic fashion, and it was 4-1 seven minutes later when Younghusband raced onto Simon Greatwich's 60-yard pass before slotting past the onrushing goalkeeper.
Younghusband then completed his hat-trick in the 72nd minute when he netted with a brilliant 25-yard piledriver, and a minute later, Matthew Hartmann got in on the act when he received the ball via a neat flick from Matthew Uy and drilled a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.
Mark Hartmann then doubled his tally in the 76th minute with an acrobatic volley, and two minutes after, he too completed his hat-trick when he robbed Joshua Singson off the ball and was left with the simplest of finishes into the unguarded net.
Not to be outdone, Younghusband grabbed his fourth a minute from time after a neat interchange between Greatwich and Mark Hartmann led to him blasting the ball home from 12 yards, but there was still time for one final goal in the second minute of injury-time; Mark Hartmann volleying home on the rebound to cap off an excellent outing for Loyola.
In Tuesday's other game, Global were also able to bounce back from defeat - a 3-2 loss to Kaya last Thursday - as they saw off Pasargad 2-0.
Following a goalless first half, Brian Reid's side broke the deadlock in the 67th minute after Patrick Reichelt embarked on a determined run down the right and left five players in his wake, before floating an inch-perfect cross for Izzeldin Elhabbib to head home from inside the six-yard box.
Pasargad's chances of victory were then dealt a blow five minutes later when Emmanuel Mbata was sent off, but their opponents were also reduced to ten men in the 79th minute when Jason de Jong also received his marching orders.
But three minutes from time, the three points were wrapped up when new signing Koray Gunduzoglu picked up possession on the edge of the box and drilled a brilliant effort into the bottom corner, opening his Global account in the process.
The win was enough to take the defending champions back on top of the table, although Stallion can reclaim the lead on Thursday when they take on Green Archers United.
Tuesday's United Football League Results
Loyola Meralco Sparks 10-1 Philippine Army
Pasargad 0-2 Global
Image courtesy of UFL Philippines (Mark Dimalanta, InterAKTV)