The Perfect Pass presents the final 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.
#9 Team Socceroo [ Last month: #9 ]
0 Points (0 Wins, 0 Draws, 5 Losses)
With no wins to show for in the last few weeks allowing 25 goals in the process, the Paranaque based squad will have a lot to work on for next years competition. Socceroo will have to shape up with Laos FC coming into the first division.
#8 Pachanga-Diliman [ Last month: #8 ]
4 Points (1 Wins, 1 Draw, 3 Losses)
The Diliman-based squad earned four points with a win against Socerroo and a high scoring draw against Jeepney with all losses coming from the the top teams. Pachanga has shown some flashes of brilliance this season considering many of their players shift from their day jobs to the league during game days.
#7 Green Archers United [ Last month: #1 ]
4 points (1 Win, 1 Draws, 3 Losses)
The Archers were brought down to earth this period as tough fixtures against the league’s top teams. Though trailing with Pachanga in goal difference, United is up in the rankings because of their impressive draw with Stallion which eased the title race in Ceres’ favor.
#6 Manila Jeepney [ Last month: #3 ]
5 Points (1 Win, 2 Draws, 2 Losses)
Though falling to three places from last months ranking, Jeepney continued to surprise with their league altering draw with Global and their second round finale defeat of Ceres. There is still some improvement needed defensively for them to push for a better place next season.
#5 Stallion [ Last month: #6 ]
7 points (2 Wins, 1 Draw, 2 Losses)
Up one spot in the rankings, Stallion will have a lot to think about as points dropped in the first half of June made a big difference for their title aspirations considering they were in second place after the first round. Though the finish is not what they wanted, the team is still commendable for their trust in young players throughout the tournament.
#4 Kaya [ Last month: #5 ]
9 points (3 Wins, 0 Draws, 3 Losses)
Kaya had a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde performance this period which did not help them with their title aspirations. The LBC squad lost in their final chance for a league title after being beaten by eventual champions Ceres in their July meeting but their narrow losses against Stallion and Global made it difficult for them to lock the number two spot.
#3 Global [ Last month: #4 ]
12 points (3 Wins, 3 Draws, 0 Losses)
Coming from behind to draw Ceres was a great feat, but their draw with Jeepney became their stumbling block from snatching away the title. Though being unbeaten for the last six games put them in 2nd place, the result of the current protest against them may have an effect on the final order of the league.
#2 Ceres-La Salle [ Last month: #2 ]
13 points (4 Wins, 1 Draw, 1 Loss)
With Ceres allowing Global to come back and draw them, the title race became interesting early July. But due to results of other matches, Ceres virtually sealed the deal when they disposed of a tough Kaya squad. Their final day loss against Jeepney is the reason why they are just in second place.
#1 Loyola [ Last month: #7 ]
13 points (4 Wins, 1 Draw, 0 Losses)
The biggest mover of this periods rankings, Loyola have made a good account of themselves after getting good results and being unbeaten in the process. Beating Stallion and drawing Global were the highlights giving them number one spot for the final Power Ranking period for this year.
You can also view a summarized table for the league’s Big 5 Teams here: 2015 UFL First Division Big 5 League Table
Hope you enjoyed this monthly feature. See you next year!
By Ivan Gayares (@ivangeoffrey)