LOYOLA Meralco put on another clinical offensive performance while taking care of business on defense at the same time as it whipped PSG FC, 3-0, on Thursday night to remain unbeaten in four games in the United Football League.
Regarded as an offensive powerhouse that usually win games by merely outscoring opponents, the Sparks continued to show a marked improvement on the other side of the pitch by registering their third straight game without conceding a goal to the delight of the orange-clad fans who trooped to the Emperador Stadium.
Mark Hartmann, Jang Jo Won, and Phil Younghusband provided the goals for the Sparks, who kept their share of the lead with Global and Stallion-Sta. Lucia. Global, though, technically has the upperhand on goal difference.
PSG remained at the bottom of the standings with a winless four-game slate.
“I think each goal was a team goal and the buildup was very strong plus we kept the clean sheet, which is something we’ve been focusing on,” Sparks coach Vince Santos said.
“We’re beginning to take pride in that, not conceding any week goal,” added the eloquent mentor, whose team has allowed the least goals in the tournament so far with one.
“I hope we can continue doing that.”
Hartmann kicked off the scoring parade by unlocking the PSG defense 17 minutes into the game, but the Sparks seemed to slow down when they temporarily went a man down following Freddy Gonzalez’s collision with PSG goalkeeper Reza Ataei in the 34th minute.
But the Sparks continued to put pressure on PSG and were rewarded anew when the Korean Jang found the back of the net just two minutes into the second half.
Younghusband, who came off the bench in the first half, put the exclamation point with a brilliant conversion seven minutes later.