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Loyola FC dominates JP Voltes to grab UFL Plate

Photo by UFL

by Philip Maranan

MANILA- Loyola turned up the heat midway into the second half to defeat JP Voltes 2-0 for the UFL Plate on a hot Saturday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Two goals in sixteen minutes by Tahj Minniecon and Jinggoy Valmayor was enough for Simon Mcmenemy to retain the Plate they last won in 2011.

Early on, Loyola was the attacking force. The men in orange entered the opposing penalty box on numerous occasions.

However, despite the amount of chances created by Loyola, the first half ended goalless thanks to Voltes custodian Nelson Gasic who was in stellar form.

The Sparks kept their attacking stance in opening minutes of the second half. Gasic however, kept his composure by making key stops five minutes into the restart.

Finally, the former Western Sydney Wanderer broke the deadlock eleven minutes later as he broke free inside the penalty box and shot his goal to the bottom corner.

Loyola continued to dominate the game and on the 77th minute, as the former Fighting Maroon sealed their win by doubling their lead after he slotted his rebound to the bottom left corner of the unguarded net.

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