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Trigo keeps clean sheet as Loyola ends UFL season with rout of GAU

Phil Younghusband celebrates after a goal. Mark Cristino/UFL
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA--Tomas Trigo rode on his momentum of their last match against Global as he kept a clean sheet to lead Loyola into a season-ending 4-0 win over Green Archers United in the first game of a UFL doubleheader at the Rizal Memorial Stadium early Saturday evening.

Goals by Brad Grayson, Simon Greatwich, Graham Caygill and skipper Phil Younghusband complements the Trigo shutout as Simon McMenemy’s Sparks impose everything on to the hapless Archers side, which ended their season on a four-match winless streak after winning their first four matches in the second round. With the win, the Sparks also achieved a season sweep for the first time since 2012.

Pascual will have to rue his makeshift backline for his worst performance against a top five side as he conceded nine goals already in his last three matches between the sticks.

Grayson shoved the Sparks ahead in the 18th minute when he converted on Adam Mitter’s header to smash it from close range.

Fifteen minutes later, Greatwich doubled the advantage after he latched on to the cross of the younger Younghusband from the right wing.

And before half time, the Archers had a chance to reduce the deficit in half before when Robert Lopez Mendy was fouled by Trigo in the box. But the midfielder missed penalty when he clanked his spot kick off the post and out.

Nine minutes into the restart, the Azkals skipper surely made Dolfo Alicante and his men pay with the missed penalty, as he made it 3-0. Phil outsmarted Paolo after he received a cross from his older brother James.

Grayson became the provider as he assisted Caygill for a tap-in to put the full-time score eleven minutes from the final whistle.

The Sparks ended their season with 35 points and will hope that Kaya will force at least a draw against Global to cement their runner up finish.

On the other hand, the Archers will end outside of the top five for the second time in three seasons after finishing with 24 points and will might be ten points adrift of the top five with Stallion having two more games in hand.