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    Apr 17, 2013
    Phil Younghusband accounted for four of Loyola Meralco's 10 goals in the team's victory win over Philippine Army last Tuesday. Jerome Ascano

    THE real significance of Loyola Meralco’s resounding 10-1 win over Philippine Army last Tuesday will come into play if and when the United Football League title race goes down to goal difference.

    The most lopsided game in the league this season has boosted the title aspirations of the third-running Sparks, who are currently behind Global and Stallion on points, but are ahead on goal difference with 25.

    Sparks coach Vince Santos is confident his team can still win the title outright.

    “It’s wide-open. I think it’s still in our hands," said Santos. "Thanks to that (first-round, 3-2) win of Kaya over Global, I think it evens out everything.”

    “Obviously, it’s a short league. We cannot afford to drop points. Every game is a must win,” Santos added.

    Still, the Sparks' scoring spree over the Troopers remains noteworthy.

    In perspective, Loyola’s double-digit effort tied Army’s total goals this season while its eight goals in the second half are one more than Nomads’ and twice more than Air Force’s total output this season.

    Individually, Phil Younghusband and Mark Hartman, who scored four goals apiece, increased their goal total to 10 apiece, which suddenly gained for them the league lead.

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    Phil Younghusband accounted for four of Loyola Meralco's 10 goals in the team's victory win over Philippine Army last Tuesday. Jerome Ascano
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