AN undermanned Green Archers United sustained its fine form late in the United Football League, outdueling Philippine Army, 4-2, on Tuesday night at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
Despite missing starters Patrick Deyto (family matter) and Dodong Villareal (suspension), the Archers erased an early deficit, before keeping their momentum in the second half to score the their fifth victory in six games.
Senegalese striker Robert Mendy registered a brace and an assist, while Tating Pasilan and Shapay Johnson chipped in two impressive goals for the Archers, who jacked up their point total to 23 points to stay in sixth spot, trailing fellow streaking side Pachanga only on goal difference.
The Archers also kept the seventh-running Troopers at bay with only 17 points.
"The key was in the midfield. Nalaro namin ang laro namin," Archers coach Rodolfo Alicante said.
While two Archers were absent, Chieffy Caligdong saw action, although for a mere minute, for the first time in nearly two months after fracturing his right foot.
John Cain put the Troopers ahead 24 minutes after kickoff when the homegrown Filipino striker caught the Archers’ defense napping as he struck from the middle off a left-side cross.
Mendy then orchestrated the Archers comeback, knotting the count six minutes before first-half injury time, putting his team ahead five minutes after the restart, before providing the neat back flick to Johnson, who finished with a left-footed strike in the 73rd.
Before the sublime Mendy-Johnson connection, the Troopers equalized anew courtesy of Jeon Shin Sheok, who struck a penalty awarded after Archers center-back Boiboi Fernandez committed a handball infraction.
Pasilan joined the scoring fray six minutes before stoppage time when the star striker scored an amazing jumping volley off a cross from the right side.