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Ernie Nierras turns to basketballs to improve Stallion's football striking skill

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Stallion coach Ernie Nierras revealed an interesting tweak to one of his club's offensive drills.

The said training amendment, however, is not as conventional as you think.

"We changed our finishing drill, kicking basketballs instead of footballs. I feel like [it's gonna] help a lot to keep our shots low," Nierras told some sportswriters on Thursday night.

It turned out, the said tactic bore fruit as Stallion blew past Laos in their UFL clash at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

"Before, we missed the goal all over the place, but now, it's been at the goalkeeper or hitting the post or going in. I think we're improving in something that we've been missing since the beginning even in the cup, it's the finishing," the mentor evaluated how the basketball training improved their offensive flow.

Out of 25 attempts Stallion made the entire match, 16 were on target with half of them eventually going in.

One of the players who made the greatest impact in the game was Joshua Beloya, who sparked Stallion's breakaway with a hat trick in just eight minutes.

The last two goals of Beloya, who ended up with four, all in the second half, came off beautiful headers from good crosses.

"I've been waiting for Joshua to come out of the shelf in the long time," Nierras lauded Beloya's explosion.

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