Sparks, Stallions split the pot on Araw ng Maynila

Jhan-Jhan Melliza became Laguna's savior when his close-ranged shot at the hour nicked them a point against league leading Manila.
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA -- League-leading Meralco Manila drew for the second time on the trot in the inaugural season of the PFL, after a resilient Stallion Laguna took two points away from the Sparks in a 1-1 draw Saturday evening at the Rizal Memorial.

In a match marred by weather delays in between the halves, Phil Younghusband's 14th minute penalty was cancelled out by Jhan-Jhan Melliza at the hour mark, as the capital side failed to add more color to the city's 446th anniversary of its foundation.

The draw means that their lead on top of the PFL table are in a precarious situation. JPV Marikina is only two points behind them and can snatch the first place outright on Sunday with a win over Global Cebu.

Stallion got their third point of the season but they have to search for an elusive win a little further in the season, sharing newcomers Davao and Ilocos United with their winless run that stretched to six.

“Our adjustment in the second half worked. We eliminated Phil Younghusband and then we pressed high kasi nakita namin sa kanila [Meralco] na down ang kanilang fitness,” said Stallion assistant Richard Leyble after the match.

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