Archers bounced back from long layoff to smother Laos on Villareal's brace

Reynald Villareal was on target as GAU pummel Laos after a long layoff.
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA-- One month without football? No problem.

Green Archers United made it look easy after a long layoff, tearing an already listless Laos side back to shreds for a 4-0 rout in the first of the UFL doubleheader early Sunday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Right-back Reynald Villareal became the surprise of the Lasallian outfit, firing a first-half brace to power the Archers to their sixth win of the season, consolidating their seventh place on the table with 20 points.

Centre-back Nam Gi Won and newly minted Azkals assistant Chieffy Caligdong put themselves into the scoresheet as they shake off a month's rust since their last competitive match, a loss to second-placed JP Voltes last Aug. 10.

After taking their time touring the country for a football clinic for a cause, GAU sharpened it's arrows right away and were rewarded by Villareal 25 minutes in, as he fires the ball with his right boot that left Felipe Tripulca grounded and went into the bottom left corner.

Twelve minutes later, the right-back completed his brace with the same foot and put the ball away into the same location, after a brillant Hossein Doustdarsefidmazgi feed that found him much closer inside the box as GAU looked set to repeat over Laos this season with a two-goal cushion at the break

GAU then tripled their edged thru the South Korean five minutes into the restart as he pounced on his skipper's feed to put the match beyond doubt.

With 26 total shots out of 34 combined and 60% of the possession belonging to the Archers, it's not surprising that gulf between the league's pioneers and last season's Division 2 titlists were huge.

Such gap was confirmed deep into added time, as the Azkals legend put the finishing touches in the match with his right boot over a deflated Oliver Moreno.

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