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United City claims second win with 4-1 beating of Air Force

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by Drew Malihan

MANILA - United City Football Club continues their winning ways as they deal Philippine Air Force FC their third straight loss of the season, 4-1, Sunday inside the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The armed forces club held its own for the first 40 minutes until Ivan Ouano converted a set piece from Chester Pabualan and Paolo Bugas that went past Jose Abraham's guard.

Air Force answered after five minutes when Angelo Obero passed the ball to Joh Delariarte who headed it past Matt Silva's guard to give the Airmen the equalizer.

The draw did not last long as Pabualan's set piece was converted by Sierra Leonean midfielder John Bankole Kamara who beat the Air Force defense and headers the ball to the back of the net to put UCFC ahead at half-time, 2-1.

Set-piece taker Pabualan found himself on the scorer's list as Nurhidayat beat the defense to find Ricki Sendra, who then sent the ball to Pabualan to make it 3-1 in the 67th minute.

Nurhidayat found himself in yet another play in the 70th minute, finding Ariel Ngueukam who slotted the ball to the bottom corner of the goal to seal the deal for UCFC.

With the win, United City climbed to fifth in the league table with six points, tied with four other clubs.

The men in black and yellow will try to get their third win of the season against Don Bosco Garelli on May 5, while Air Force will seek their first win of the season on April 28 against young Tuloy FC.

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