GREEN Archers United continued its resurgence in the United Football League as it survived Socceroo, 2-1, behind the heroics of Robert Mendy on Thursday night at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
The Senegalese striker struck a brace, including the go-ahead goal at crunch time for the Archers, who took advantage of a Socceroo side that went a man down in the last 10 minutes of the match.
“It was not only me, but the whole team who fought for this win,” the 27-year-old Mendy said,
The Archers thus stretched their winning streak to four games and fifth overall to tighten their grip of fifth place, while leaving their victims stuck in eighth spot and still in danger of getting relegated.
Deployed on defense and at the midfield at times, Mendy showed why he is more effective on top as he broke the ice 20 minutes in the game when he scored off the rebound from a Shapay Johnson miss.
Diego Barrera equalized for the Division 1 rookies 10 minutes later when the Colombian forward scored with a fine finish that left the crowd in awe.
Socceroo, though, suffered a blow in the 81st minute when Kennedy Uzoka was sent off following a second yellow card infraction that proved too costly for 2013 Division 2 champions.
It also set the stage for the brave effort of Mendy, who found the back of the net nine minutes later to protect the gains he made earlier.
“Anywhere you put me, it’s fine. I just like to play,” said Mendy, who also had a neat bicycle kick that just missed its mark in the first half.