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Nierras saves Stallion Laguna's blushes, splits pot with Global at the death

Matthew Nierras of Stallion Laguna bucked Global Cebu's defensive stance as they save two points with a last minute equalizer.
By Kevin Estrada

BIÑAN -- Stallion Laguna saved their blushes right at the final minute, foiling Global Cebu's plans of taking all three points in the lone PFL match played Sunday afternoon at the Biñan pitch with a 1-1 stalemate.

After debuting their season with a drubbing at home at the hands of league-leading Meralco Manila, Ernest Nierras's men were set to be condemned to its second consecutive setback until his son Matthew cancelled out Shu Sasaki's opener, getting their first points of the campaign in dramatic fashion.

The reigning national champions could have gone two up but they could not convert their overall dominance to the game as they let in a late equalizer for the second match running in all competitions.

After an uninspired first half, the action heated up at the restart, with Global taking initiative in the 51st minute, when Sekou Sylla got a penalty call in a questionable situation, but Roland Sadia said no to that when he saved Paul Mulders.

What transpired in the next half-hour was just a set up of the late drama that transpired in the final ten minutes of the match.

With six minutes to go, Sasaki lifted the Queen City outfit ahead by converting on a Hikaru Minegishi pass.

However, their inaccuracies in front of goal earlier had a heavy price to pay for Marjo Allado's troops, as the younger Nierras beats his former La Salle teammate Patrick Deyto with a minute of injury time left on the clock, as the header of Jhan-jhan Melliza found him with open space and finishes with his right foot from close range.

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