In what would be the biggest upset so far in the PFL, JPV Marikina hacked out a shock 2-1 win against Ceres Negros at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila on Saturday night.
With the Marikina Sports Complex still under rehabilitation, JPV Marikina opted to "borrow" Rizal Memorial from Meralco Manila, which played at Kaya-Makati also on Saturday, for what would be credited as a home game for the upstart franchise.
Takumi Uesato struck first for Marikina in the 56th minute, while J Baguioro added another goal 13 minutes later for the 2-0 count.
Bienve Marañon provided a late scare with an 87th minute strike that put Negros on the board, but that turned out to be the Visayan club's last hurrah.
"We're very lucky. Our teamwork is very good," said Uesato, whose side zoomed to second place following Makati's 0-2 loss to Manila.
Despite suffering its first loss of the season, Negros remained at fifth place with four points after playing three games.
At the University of Makati Stadium, goals from Joaco Cañas and Phil Younghusband helped Meralco Sparks Manila prevail over Kaya Makati in the latest instalment to pro football's own version of the "Manila Clasico".
For the fourth straight time, Makati ended up one guy out as Jordan Mintah was sent off for a hard foul on Milan Nikolic inside the box that set up Younghusband's dagger penalty goal.
Meanwhile, Stallion Laguna and Davao fought to a goalless stalemate in a PFL clash at the Biñan Football Stadium last night.
Laguna somehow escaped with the draw as Davao misfired what was its best chance to steal the road win.
Stallion was the more aggressive side all match long and was nearly rewarded in the 20th minute when Balot Doctora found himself with only Markus Trkulja to beat only that his flicker was too strong.
Davao got a breakthrough opportunity in the 69th minute as the team was given a penalty for a foul inside the box.
Nikola Grubsejic, however, missed the spot kick as his shot hit the crossbar.
"Very frustrating," Davao coach Gary Phillips reacted to the flubbed attempt.
Laguna remained aggressive the rest of the way, but the team could not just find the target.
Both sides moved up to two points after five matches with Davao just ahead on goal difference.
The unbeaten Meralco Sparks occupy the top spot in the team standings with 15 points after playing five games, while JPV Marikina trails at No. 2 with 12 points after six games. Global and Kaya have 10 points for No. 3 and No. 4 spots. *PNA
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