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    Loyola Meralco Sparks display versatility against Pasargad to stay unbeaten

    Jan 25, 2014

    LOYOLA Meralco showed off its depth and versatility in drubbing Pasargad, 4-0, to sustain its sizzling start in the United Football League on Saturday night at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill.

    Despite having three new faces in Simon Greatwich, PJ Fadrigalan, and Boyet Cañedo in the starting XI, the league-leading Sparks flashed the same fiery form to blank the Iranian and African-laden squad and roll to their third straight victory for their ninth point.

    Phil Younghusband delivered as usual with a brace, but Greatwich shone brighter as he took advantage of one of his few starts by scoring two goals of his own.

    “Good to know anyone you give an opportunity to can perform,” Sparks coach Vince Santos said. “They know that if they put in the extra effort on the training ground, they’ll get the opportunities to play.”

    Pasargad suffered a second loss in three games as it stayed in eighth place with a point to show, only ahead of Socceroo on goal difference.

    Younghusband, who again wore the captain’s armband with brother and skipper James unfit to play due to a sprained ankle, unlocked the Pasargad defense seven minutes into the game, before Greatwich doubled the lead just four minutes later.

    After Younghusband scored his second goal in the 45th minute, Greatwich, who started as center midfielder, moved to right back, before finishing as striker, put the exclamation point with a strike in the 90th minute. 

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