04 November 2012

2012 UFL Cup Quarter-finals Preview

United Football League Champions Global FC renew their rivalry with league runners-up Kaya FC in what is easily the most intriguing tie of the UFL Cup quarter-finals that are scheduled to be played this week. The titanic clash was set up after Kaya could only finish level on points in Group B with Green Archers United but behind on goal difference. The tie itself is worthy of a final and is probably at least a round premature.

Global topped Group A by defeating Pasargad FC (3-1), Team Socceroo (11-0) and Philippine Navy (4-0); and drawing 0-0 with General Trias International FC. Kaya, on the other hand, defeated Forza FC (2-0), Diliman Victory Liner (1-0) and Dolphins United (7-0) after its opening day 1-all draw with group leaders Green Archers United.

Global are the second-best goalscoring team of the group stages with 18, next only to Stallion Penson, which scored a goal more. However, both Global and Kaya possess – with General Trias – the competition’s most frugal defence with only one goal conceded in the group stage.


Whoever tops the group sets up a date with Group D’s second-placed team Philippine Army. The Armed Forces team defeated Agila FC (2-0) after their victory over the Stallions and managed 1-all draws with Sta. Lucia FC and their Armed Forces rivals Philippine Air Force.
The only other clear-cut tie is the one between Stallion Penson FC and newcomers General Trias International FC. The Stallions topped Group D despite an opening day 0-2 loss to Philippine Army. The Iloilo-based club won its remaining three group fixtures against Sta. Lucia FC (6-0), Agila FC (8-0) and the defending cup winners Philippine Air Force (5-1).

General Trias has been the UFL Cup’s fairytale team, reaching the quarterfinals after having gone through the qualifying round. Apart from its creditable goalless draw with league champions Global FC, General Trias defeated Philippine Navy (5-0) and Team Socceroo (2-0) before forcing a 1-all draw with Pasargad FC in their final match to send the top division side packing.

The remaining two quarterfinal ties are as yet hanging on the twice rescheduled last round of Group C matches.

Nomads FC tops the group but have played all of their four matches, winning over Laos FC (1-0), Pachanga FC (1-0) and Mendiola FC (7-2). The club’s only loss was an embarrassing 1-8 rout at the hands of a rampant Loyola Meralco Sparks.

Both the Sparks and Pachanga FC have six points with a match each to play. Wins by both teams over Mendiola FC and Laos FC, respectively, can send the group into an intriguing triple tie that will be decided on goal difference.

In this regard, the Sparks have the advantage with a goal difference of 7; while Pachanga has 3. Nomads, with a 0 goal difference, may yet end up not even involved in the quarterfinals.

Whoever tops the group sets up a date with Group D’s second-placed team Philippine Army. The Armed Forces team defeated Agila FC (2-0) after their victory over the Stallions and managed 1-all draws with Sta. Lucia FC and their Armed Forces rivals Philippine Air Force.

The Group C runners-up earn a tie against Green Archers, which defeated Dolphins United (7-2), Diliman Victory Liner (3-0) and Forza FC (4-0) after its opening day draw with Kaya.

Philippine Air Force, the defending UFL Cup winners, have been bundled out of the competition after only finishing third in Group D with 5 points. The Airmen defeated Agila FC (2-0) but could only managed draws with Army and Sta. Lucia FC.











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