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    Younghusband in search of Singapore Cup tonic after Sparks' UFL slip-up

    May 24, 2013
    James Younghusband is hoping the change in scenery can make a difference as Loyola Meralco try to at least replicate its semifinal finish in the Singapore Cup last year. Jerome Ascano

    A Loyola Meralco side still reeling from two recent disappointing showings in the United Football League tries to move on in a different stage as it vies in the Singapore Cup on Sunday.

    The Sparks, who lost to Kaya, 3-1, last week then settled for a 2-2 draw against lowly Nomads on Tuesday, are set to arrive in Singapore later in the day ahead of their match on Sunday against a young Harimau Muda side.

    Sparks skipper James Younghusband admitted their last two games, which left a huge dent on their UFL title chances, failed to prepare them well for the invitational tournament.

    But the Azkals mainstay is hoping the change in environment can make a difference as they hope to at least replicate their semifinal finish in their inaugural stint in Singapore last year.

    “It’s not the best preparation,” Younghusband said. “But it will be a good environment for us being together as a team in the hotel to really prepare well off the field.”

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    Meanwhile, Green Archers United and PSG battle for solo sixth place in the UFL standings on Saturday at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.

    The two middle-tier teams, which take the field at 8:30 p.m., have identical 4-2-8 win-draw-loss records for a total of 14 points, with PSG only ahead on goal difference.

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    James Younghusband is hoping the change in scenery can make a difference as Loyola Meralco try to at least replicate its semifinal finish in the Singapore Cup last year. Jerome Ascano
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