PSG continued to look more like the team that made the finale of the National Cup earlier in the year as it pounced a shorthanded Philippine Air Force side, 5-0, Thursday night in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
After starting the season with four straight losses, the Iranian-flavored squad came through with its second straight blowout win behind the two goals of Emmanuel Mbata and a goal each from three others to move up to sixth place with 11 points.
“We are so happy because we are rising up in the table,” Mbata said. “Our goal this season is to finish above the Top Five.
“We started poorly, but I think right now, we are starting to improve our confidence and with the way we are playing, we will finish inside the Top Five,” the striker added.
Already without coach Edzel Bracamonte and booter Antonio Albor Jr., the Airmen’s personnel woes were compounded even more by the ejection of Paul Concepcion and Martin Doctora in the first half for arguing PSG’s first goal courtesy of Younousse Yaogo 31 minutes into the game.
That left Air Force with only nine men on the field the rest of the match.
And PSG – which played minus coach Esse Sedigh who’s currently in Malaysia to handle the Pasargad Futsal team – was quick to take advantage of the situation,
Mbata doubled the lead 12 minutes later when he scored after anticipating a back pass by an Airmen center back to goalkeeper Ken Dolloso.
Vasseba Toure sustained the spree in the second half when he found the back of the net 12 minutes after the restart.
After Mbata scored his second goal in the 86th minute, Kalilou Toure added insult to injury by completing the rout with a goal late in stoppage time.
The Airmen finished the first round as the only club in the 10-team field without a win in nine games.