Football

SITTING on top of the table two weeks into the inaugural Philippines Football League season, FC Meralco Manila coach Aris Caslib feels his squad has yet to play to its potential after toiling to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over newcomer Ilocos United last Saturday at Rizal Memorial Stadium. 

Goals from new signing Tyler Matas and Jake Morallo in each half completed another fightback for the Manila side, which fell behind on former Meralco player and now Ilocos striker Graham Caygill’s 13th minute strike. 

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DEVELOPMENT of Philippine football is set to get added push with the establishment of a “truly national and professional league” in the country -- the Philippines Football League (PFL) -- which one football analyst describes as the “next logical step.”

Formally launched last Friday at the Shangri-La at the Fort, the PFL is the culmination of what proponents said is four years of making a dream of taking the growth of the sport of football to another plane a reality.

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Started slow in the match, Global eventually broke through before the opening half came to a close, with skipper Misagh Bahadoran finding the net off a fine cross from teammate Matthew Hartmann in the 39th minute to go up, 1-0.

Boosted by its strong finish in the first half, “The People’s Club,” as Global is referred to, continued to take it to Mangwe, getting into scoring position a couple of times but was not able to convert.

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