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Stallion survives Nomads' second half surge

Czeasar Dancel/UFL

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Stallion appeared to have responded to Coach Ernie Nierras' open letter last week after their shock draw with Voltes after an impressive first half in a UFL match on Sunday.

However, Nomads reminded them there is still 45 more minutes to play, and Stallion got a sigh of relief in the end.

Stallion nearly lost a comfortable first half cushion but held on to a 4-2 victory against Nomads at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Fitch Arboleda started Stallion's first half onslaught in the 19th minute as he had much space to drill in the opening goal.

Joshua Beloya made it 2-0 at the half-hour mark with his own attempt inside the box.

Arboleda and Beloya then teamed up for Stallion's third goal just as the first half ended as Arboleda did enough to lure Joshua Cruz before dishing the ball to Beloya.

Stephen Appiah, however, took one goal back for Nomads nine minutes into the restart after he converted a penalty kick.

James Eje then made it a match again after beating Andrew Tan in a one-on-one sequence and scored Nomads' second goal.

However, that turned out to be Nomads' last gasp as Stallion restored order in the latter stages of the second half capped by Park Bo-Bae's penalty dagger in the 84th minute.

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