FAR Eastern University leaned on Eric Giganto’s 81st minute conversion to nose out University of the Philippines, 1-0, on Sunday and move within a win of sweeping the first round of UAAP men's football at the FEU-Diliman pitch.
The victory was the fifth straight for the Tamaraws, who tote a league-best 15 points. They go for a sweep of the first round before the league goes on a holiday break against the De La Salle Green Archers in a televised duel on Friday.
In Sunday’s other match, Al Bustamante struck in injury time to give De La Salle a 2-1 decision over archrival Ateneo. The Green Archers moved to third place with nine points.
Coming from a Greggy Yang free kick, Bustamante scored in the dwindling seconds as the Green Archers booked their third straight victory after opening the season with two successive defeats.
De La Salle is now a point behind second-running University of the East (10 points).
The loss ended the Fighting Maroons two-game winning streak and kept them in fifth palce with six points, while the struggle continues for the Blue Eagles, who still have four points on a 1-1-3 slate.
The Green Archers, who again dominated possession, equalized on a 76th-minute goal by Gelo Diamante, who is playing only his second game after a bout of illness.
Ateneo opened scoring with Emilio Acosta following up a misfired attempt by Emmanuel Paredes which was deflected by De La Salle goalkeeper Josh Cruz in the 65th minute.
Wednesday’s matches pit Ateneo against National University at 1 p.m. and UP against University of Santo Tomas at 3 p.m.