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    Super-sub Younghusband quick to atone for missed Sparks practice

    Mar 1, 2013
    Sparks star Phil Younghusband had to come off the substitutes bench after missing practice. Jerome Ascano

    TEAM rules apply to everyone.

    No less than strike star Phil Younghusband was not spared of punishment for missing Loyola Meralco’s last training session before the game against PSG on Thursday night at the Emperador Stadium in Tagiug.

    Unable to attend the Sparks’ last practice due to a commercial shoot, the 25-year-old forward of the Azkals was relegated to the substitutes bench in the match against PSG as per team rules.

    But Younghusband took the one-off demotion in stride and made up for his transgression by scoring off the bench in the 3-0 victory that kept the Sparks unbeaten in four games.

    He, however, insisted his brilliant goal nine minutes into the second half was not a way to make up, but was only to ensure his team’s victory.

    “Whether I play fifteen minutes or ninety minutes, I wanna score. Whether I’m starting from the bench or playing the whole game, I wanna score,” said the popular striker.

    “But it wasn’t a way, because I started on the bench, to prove anything. I was just trying to make sure the team wins,” added Younghusband, who came on in the 31st minute.

    Younghusband explained that the off-pitch commitment was booked earlier than the Sparks’ last training session.

    “I wanted to go to training, obviously. It’s just one of those conflicts that happen. Scheduling is quite difficult at the moment,” he said.

    Loyola coach Vince Santos said rules are rules.

    “We understand this is a semi-professional league and there are other commitments outside, but just the same, they have to follow team rules,” Santos said.

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    “It’s one rule for everyone whether it’s Phil or anyone else.”

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    Sparks star Phil Younghusband had to come off the substitutes bench after missing practice. Jerome Ascano
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