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    James among goals as Sparks open UFL quest on winning note

    Oct 12, 2012

    The Loyola Meralco Sparks seemed to have gotten over their Singapore sorrow as they kicked off their United Football League Cup campaign on the right foot, defeating Laos, 2-1, on Thursday night at the University of Makati pitch.

    Coming off a blowout loss in the Singapore Cup against the Tampines Rovers last week, the Sparks were expected to come out with a better performance and they didn’t disappoint.

    Newcomer Chad Gould and James Younghusband struck for a goal each for the Sparks, who gained three points and tied Pachanga and Nomads for the Group C lead.

    Gould, a former member of the national team, made a rousing debut as he successfully slotted home a shot in the 24th minute that sparked the Sparks’ first-half attack.

    Younghusband, who along with brother Phil, became available after they missed the Azkals’ trip to Bahrain, doubled the lead with a header one minute into first-half injury time.

    Laos made a more commendable stand in the second half as they never let the Sparks score again. The club was finally rewarded after Lester Villanueva finally scored with a header six minutes before full time.

    But Laos failed to duplicate the feat as it reeled to its second loss.

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