|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.