|For Coach Marjo Allado, Global Cebu played with heart despite the losing effort. Art Enriquez/Stallion Laguna FC|
By Ivan Saldajeno
BIÑAN--For a coach whose team is in a stage of internal struggles, Marjo Allado can't just help but laud his Global Cebu players for keeping a positive spirit.
While it may not be somehow evident on Wednesday, when Stallion Laguna mauled the former three-time first division champ at the Biñan Football Stadium, it was the things you don't see in the scoreboard that mattered for him.
"All I can say as a coach is in times of difficulties, I'm happy to see my players giving more than you expect in the game," said Allado.
What made it more laudable was that some of his players had to deal with some concerns of their own like health issues.
"Patrick [Deyto] didn't play against Ceres because he had a sore throat, and now, he tried his best to be with the team. Lee [Jeong-Min] also has injuries. We pushed him to play but cannot anymore in the second half," Allado bared Cebu's injured list for the match.
Laguna basically dominated the first hour of the match with a very aggressive offense, leading to goals from Abou Sy, Carlo Polli, and Fitch Arboleda.
But Cebu held its ground down the stretch to keep the lead from ballooning further and even threatened to get one goal back, although Polli still managed to find the goal in stoppage time for the final count.
"You can see in the game that they pushed just to get one goal," Allado further quipped. "We lost this, but all of them worked hard more than 100 percent."
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