LOYOLA Meralco tries to prove its recent outing was a fluke as it squares off against Pachanga-PLDT Home Fibr on Tuesday in an anticipated rematch of the UFL Cup final last December in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill.
Held to a shocking 3-3 draw by Division 1 greenhorn Socceroo that halted their winning run, the Sparks take the field for the fourth time in four days aiming to tighten their grip of the lead.
The 7:30 p.m. match definitely won’t be a cakewalk for the Sparks, who has 16 points in six games, as they face a Pachanga side that is starving for its first victory in three games.
After starting its League campaign on a bright note, Pachanga has slowly slid in the nine-team standings – relegating it to seventh place—as it has so far unable to live up to expectations following its UFL Cup final appearance.
“It’s gonna be an interesting match,” Sparks coach Vince Santos said. “They also came from a tough draw last game, so both of us need to bounce back.”
Already without skipper James Younghusband, the Sparks will continue to miss two more injured key cogs in midfielder Park Bo Bae and striker Freddy Gonzalez.
“We have nothing to complain about. We can’t use that as an excuse. We still have enough quality on our side,” said Santos, who remains full of top players at his disposal, led by Phil Younghusband.
Pachanga, bannered by Nate Burkey and Ariel Zerruod, is coming off a 1-4 loss to Global, which hopes to keep in step with Loyola as it faces upset-conscious Socceroo earlier at 5:15 p.m.
Global is running second with 12 points, while Korean-powered Socceroo is second to last in the standings.