The Perfect Pass presents the March edition of the 2015 United Football League Power Rankings. This monthly feature will showcase who’s hot and who’s not in the Philippines’ top football league.
#10 Philippine Army [ Last month: #10 ]
1 Point (0 Wins, 1 Draw, 3 Losses) – Unchanged
The Army men started with two 7-0 blowouts against Ceres and Loyola but showed better performances in their last two games. Losing out in the final minutes against Stallion and a draw with Manila Jeepney highlighted a better finish for the Army squad. Although earning their first point a -16 goal difference is the reason for them to be in the relegation spot.
#9 Team Socceroo [ Last month: #9 ]
1 Point (0 Wins, 1 Draw, 2 Losses)
Socceroo started well with a draw against mid-table Pachanga-Diliman but faltered in its last two games with back-to-back 5-0 losses against Kaya and Green Archers. Socceroo have been more disciplined compared to Army with a better Goal Difference compared to the Armed Forces squad.
#8 Manila Jeepney [ Last month: #7 ]
1 Point (0 Wins, 1 Draw, 1 Losses)
Jeepney drops one place in the ranking after just earning a point and having consecutive 4-1 losses against Stallion and Pachanga Diliman. Jeepney almost lost against Army but a late equalizer salvaged them a point. The return of their UAAP players have not yet made an impact on their current standing.
#7 Global [ Last month: #2 ]
0 points (0 Wins, 0 Draws, 2 Losses)
The team with the biggest drop of five places is defending League Champion Global FC. Because of AFC Cup commitments, the Leyte based squad only had two games which they both lost this month. A 2-nil loss against Kaya and a disappointing 1-nil defeat against Loyola marked a low in Global’s performance. Though not earning any points for the month, the squad is at number seven because they have played tougher matches against title contenders.
#6 Pachanga-Diliman [ Last month: #8 ]
4 Points (1 Wins, 1 Draws, 2 Losses)
The Diliman based squad improved by two places to number six in this months ranking after raking in 4 points with a win against Jeepney and a draw with Team Soccerroo. The team however suffered heavy defeats against contenders in Ceres and Kaya. Pachanga has been better after the return of their UAAP players into the fold.
#5 Green Archers United [ Last month: #5 ]
3 points (1 Win, 0 Draws, 1 Loss)
The Green and White squad started its two-game campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Loyola but recovered witha 5-0 drubbing of Team Soccerroo. Though having less points earned than Pachanga, the Archers have fared better against better opposition and have steadily improved with the return of their UAAP players.
#4 Stallion [ Last month: #3 ]
6 points (2 Wins, 0 Draws, 1 Loss)
Stallion started its month well with wins against Jeepney and Philippine Army. The win streak was however ended when they lost 0-3 in a highly physical contest against Bacolod’s Ceres. The Ernie Nierras-mentored team dropped a place due to the resurgence of the Ceres.
#3 Loyola [ Last month: #4 ]
6 points (2 Wins, 0 Draws, 0 Losses)
The other undefeated squad for this month jumps one spot to number three after a drubbing of Army and a well played performance against Global. Loyola stuck to its game plan against Global, frustrating the defending Champs and scored when it mattered..
#2 Kaya [ Last month: #1 ]
9 points (3 Wins, 0 Draws, 1 Loss)
The LBC-backed squad started the month right with a convincing 2-nil win against Global but the gains were reversed after losing a 1-2 against the red hot Ceres-La Salle FC. The Kaya squad turned their frustrating loss to two consecutive wins against Socceroo and and Pachanga-Diliman.
#1 Ceres-La Salle [ Last month: #6 ]
12 points (4 Wins, 0 Draws, 0 Losses)
Ceres claims top spot this month after still being undefeated in the league by winning four matches in the said period. Their good showing was highlighted by wins against fellow contenders in Kaya and Stallion and scoring ten goals in a three day span against Pachanga and Army. The Bacolod squad impressively scored fifteen goals while only allowing a solitary goal in for the whole month.
You can also view a summarized table for the league’s Big 5 Teams here: 2015 UFL First Division Big 5 League Table
By Ivan Gayares (@ivangeoffrey)