2014-2015 PFF-Smart Nat’l Club Championship: Loyola on Top the World with First Nat’l Club Title

Loyola overcame an early Phil Younghusband injury loss to win 2 – 0 in the final against fellow finalist, Global FC. Goals came from defender Eddie Mallari and eventual tournament MVP Matthew Hartmann.

chanp The Final

The Meralco squad lost their star striker in Younghusband to a re-aggravated hamstring injury just after ten minutes which dampened the spirits of the Loyola faithful.

This however was erased when Roxy Dorlas made a powerful run in the left flank and patiently laid off to an onrushing Mallari who secured the one-goal advantage in the 19th.

Loyola doubled the lead in the second half when Matt Hartmann found himself some space and calmly pick out spot using his weaker right foot.

Global tried to get back in the game, even hitting the woodwork twice,. but injuries and fatigue meant that it was too tall of a task to overcome.

Tournament Awards

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Fair Play Award – Global FC
Best Goalkeeper – Tomas Trigo (Loyola)
Best Defender – Joaco Canas (Loyola)
Best Midfielder – Matt Hartmann (Loyola)
Best Striker – Izzo El Habbib (Global)
Tournament MVP – Matt Hartmann (Loyola)

Matt Hartmanm stood out in the tournament with his great passing and shooting. He tallied at least an assist or goal in every game spreading his influence in the matches. His performance has significantly improved since the last UFL FA League Cup during when Simon McMenemy
assumed the coaching duties for the Sparks.

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Good Sixed Crowd in the Final

 

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