FC Meralco Manila: Eliminated In The PFL Finals Series

The Sparks Lost To The Sugbu Warriors

Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila – The top seed, FC Meralco Manila, lost to the Global Cebu F.C. (fourth seed) with an aggregate score of 3-2. A heartbreak loss for the Sparks as they fall short from the Sugbu Warriors in the semi-finals of the inaugural season of the Philippines Football League. 
During the first leg of the semi-finals last December 2, 2017, Global Cebu F.C. won the game with a 2-1 lead. On the second leg (December 9, 2017), the Sparks led 1-0 during the halftime with an excellent goal from Curt Dizon in the 2nd minute of the game. 
Global fought back hard in the second half and Rufino Sanchez scores a stunning goal in the 85th minute. The game ended 1-1 but with an aggregate score of 3-2. The Sugbu Warriors booked the first ticket to the PFL Championship.
In the other match of the PFL semi-finals which also happened last December 9, 2017, the Ceres-Negros F.C. defeated the Kaya F.C. Makati at the home court of the Ceres at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City. The Busmen book the second ticket to the PFL Championship shortly after denying the The Mighty Kaya to their appearance in the first PFL Championship. The roaring fans of the Busmen helped their team in performing better against their opponents.
The Global Cebu F.C. advances to the first-ever Philippines Football League Championship and will face the Ceres-Negros F.C. These two giant teams of Philippine football will clash on December 16, 2017 at Panaad Stadium. The Visayan Clasico is the most awaited game in the PFL by the football fans in the Philippines. Also, the battle for third place between F.C. Meralco Manila and Kaya F.C. Makati will also be held on December 16, 2017, but at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Davao Aguilas FC Fans Goes to Another Exciting Head to Head Match With FC Meralco Manila

Matthew Hartmann debuts as a Davao Aguilas FC player at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City
28 JULY 2017 – TAGUM CITY, DAVAO DEL NORTE: The home crowd in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, can expect another exciting match this Saturday, July 29 at 4 p.m., as the home team – Davao Aguilas FC (DAFC), collides with FC Meralco Manila (FCMM) once again.
The last match these two teams had at Davao del Norte Sports Complex was last June 21 ended in a draw, with a score of 2-2, damaging what was then the perfect record of wins of FC Meralco Manila.
The Aguilas have also strengthened its team by adding new players such as Matthew Hartman, Nick O’ Donnell, Australian striker Harrison Sawyer who were all seen on the start list in their previous match against Ceres-Negros FC last week at Panaad Stadium, in Bacolod City.
For this Saturday’s match, fans might be able to see new signings such as Tagum native U22 player Raymart Cubon, Jorrel Aristorenas, Simone Rota and Jason De Jong show off their wares at the home pitch of Davao Aguilas.
Match will be held at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex.  Tickets are available at the stadium.
For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial.

Davao Aguilas RC Rips Meralco Sparks’ Perfect Record, Ends with a Draw 2-2

22 JUNE 2017 – TAGUM, DAVAO DEL NORTE: In what seemed to be a David vs. Goliath match, wherein San Miguel Davao Aguilas Football Club, went up against top seed FC Meralco Manila (FCMM), the home boys sent the Sparks a very clear message, it was its home turf.
For over 90 minutes, the crowd of more than 4,000 spectators in a packed stadium at Davao del Norte Sports Complex, held its breath in what seemed to be a roller-coaster ride of a match.  San Miguel Davao Aguilas gave its fans a bigger reason to support football in its home stead, and showed that it can ground into halt Goliath’s perfect PFL joyride.
Fans were seen waiting for the Aguilas outside their locker room in a seeming celebration of having new hometown heroes.  
Australian Coach Gary Phillips says, “There’s no question, it’s a massive confidence boost for the team.  I think the bigger picture is for us is, we grew as a team, we got back into the game and we showed a lot of spirit.  And from day 1 I’ve said, we will be competitive, and that’s what we proved today.  It is great to have so many supporters here, it is great to be back home.  We believe in this team, we believe in this club.  I’m very proud of the effort, and collectively as a group, we are all very proud and we certainly take it as a win.” 
Its next match will be  June 25, 2017 at 4 p.m., wherein the home team would play host to visitors from up North – the Ilocos United Football Club (IUFC).  This will be the second time that these teams will go against each other, with their last match ending in a draw, with a score of 1-1 in Vigan, Ilocos Norte.
While on June 28, San Miguel Davao Aguilas FC will go up against the former UFL champs, Global Cebu FC.  It will be the first time that the Aguilas will play against Global FC, so fans can expect another exciting match. 
Tickets are available at the stadium.  For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/DAFCofficial.  

FC Meralco Manila Debuts at the RMS, Bags Second Straight Win

From the stands, fans watch FC Meralco Manila’s first home
match against Ilocos United FC.

FC Meralco Manila, the football  team representing the Philippines’ capital faced Ilocos United FC at the Rizal Memorial Stadium for their second match in the PFL. This is the first time Meralco played in front of their home crowd and they did not disappoint as the men in orange took a narrow 2-1 victory  over the visitors. 

Ilocos United FC who came off a 1-1 draw against Davao Agilas in their first PFL match took the lead early on in the game after Graham Caygill found the back of the net on the 13th minute. The home squad however were quick to take it back as Tyler Matas banked the equalizer on the 18th minute. 

The visitors, despite being a new team, looked very impressive as they showed no signs of intimidation against Meralco Manila. The Sparks on the other end showed composure and patience, their passing were very fun to watch as it was very organized and well designed to break the opponent’s defense.

Both teams exchanged chances until Jake Morallo broke the deadlock in the second half to give the Sparks the lead. In the final minutes of the match, Ilocos threatened a lot taking every bit of chance to equalize and share the points with Manila. The visitors dominated the possession as they looked determined not to give up scaring everyone with every shot they took. The fans rejoiced as the final whistle blew. FC Meralco Manila now has 6 points putting them up top the table of the league.