Laguna blasts Guamanian side Rovers in special friendly

Jojo Lirio/Smile 8/Stallion Laguna FC
By Ivan Saldajeno

BIÑAN--A 4-0 result happened on Saturday after all.

Stallion Laguna dropped four goals and blanked reigning Guam Soccer League champions Rovers in a special club friendly at the Biñan Football Stadium.

Yannick Tuason struck first for Laguna 15 minutes into the match, while Ryota Ishikawa made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute.

Nicolas Ferrer added one more to the goal count with a 65th minute strike, while Jhan-Jhan Melliza sealed the 4-0 shutout in the 80th minute.

"I'm happy with how Jhan-Jhan Melliza and Nicolas Ferrer are playing," Coach Ernie Nierras commended the match's last two scorers.

Nierras, whose Laguna side looks to pull off a late run to the PFL Final Four, further said, "As a whole. It's working pretty good. We're getting there."

Led by national team mainstays Jonah Romero, Ian Mariano, and skipper Jason Cunliffe, who all once played for the former Philippine top tier league UFL, Rovers are using the two-game series as part of their preparations for their upcoming title defense in the Guamanian league.

Both clubs' second teams are to face each other in another friendly on Sunday also at the said venue.

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