STALLION-Sta. Lucia hardly skipped a beat with the absence of Jason de Jong as it dumped Pachanga-Diliman, 3-1, on Thursday to remain unbeaten in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
Despite continuing to make changes with their top defensive midfielder on loan to Global, the reigning UFL Cup champions remained as ruthless as ever, turning to regular scorers Lee Joo Young, Balut Doctora, and Rufo Sanchez in posting their six straight victory for the provisional solo lead with 18 points.
Pachanga-Diliman dropped its fourth game against two wins for six points to remain in sixth place.
“We’ve made a few adjustments because of injuries so we were a little bit loose defensively, but we knew we were gonna be able to score goals.,” Stallions coach Ernie Nierras said. “It’s just a matter of time.”
True enough, after being scoreless in the first 29 minutes, the Stallions were finally rewarded a minute later when a well-defended Sanchez found a wide-open Lee, who fired a long-range missile that found the back of the net.
Nine minutes later, Doctora, the team’s Ilonggo skipper, doubled the lead when he finished off a nice sequence that led to Bervic Italia finding him with a cross.
Jason Cunliffe, Pachanga’s Guamanian import, pulled a goal back for his squad with a curving free kick conversion in the 70th minute.
But the Stallions proved too much after Sanchez put the final nail in the coffin with an 82nd-minute strike.