Last Wednesday, the Loyola Meralco Sparks took down Belmont-Deft Touch FC, 4-2, in the Stallion-Laguna Invitational Cup. Despite conceding two goals, keeper Ric Padilla put out a notable performance worthy to be commended by the head coach, Aris Caslib.
If not for the sneaky freekick and the last minute goal by the opposition, Padilla could have gotten a clean sheet for the Sparks. However, his crucial saves throughout the game kept Deft Touch at bay and led to several counterattacks by the Sparks.
“Ipinagkatiwala sakin yung game na ‘to. Parang challenge ko rin sa sarili ko na break ko to, kailangan kong panindigan yung role na binigay nila sakin ngayon. First game. First win,” said Padilla as one of the key players in their win.
Next Saturday’s game is a tough battle against Kaya-Makati FC and Padilla is hoping to bring the momentum up until the next match up.
“Dagdag puhunan ko na yung (performance) para sa next game na sana magtuloy-tuloy na nasa focus pa rin ako. Suportahan lang with the team.”
“It’s a big game pero yun nga, parehas naman kaming nagreready. Sila nag-tratraining, kami nagtratraining so nasa motivation tapos yung will-to-win na lang kung sino ang unang babagsak.”
The classic derby between the Sparks and Kaya-Makati will kickoff at 1:00pm on Saturday at the Binan Football Stadium. The Sparks are currently sitting with a 1-0 record in the Stallion Cup.