University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) headlined the upsets Matchday 4 as they beat Ateneo de Manila 2-1 in the final day of eliminations of the 2nd Sagay Men’s Open in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.
Ateneo came in as favorites in the match as the second seed while UNO-R was already out of contention by being fifth in the six-team tournament. Goals from Prince Robles and Eric Mauring made the difference while Jeremiah scored the lone goal for the UAAP Champions.
The loss came as a surprise to many as the Blue Eagles played very well the previous day coming from 3-1 down versus University of St. La Salle (USLS) to almost win the game but settled for a draw in the end.
Villa Angela FC pulled a surprise of their own by beating USLS 2-1 after a winner from Jaime Poderoso allowed the Bacolod squad to edge the league leaders twelve minutes from time. Poderoso also completed a brace of his own with the winning goal.
The win by Recoletos allowed the Sagay-Northern Negros Selection to leapfrog to second place after beating the Negros selection 3-0 and setup the final with USLS.
Villa Angela will face Ateneo in the third place match at 830AM at the Sagay City National High School Football Field. The championship match is set at 2pm in the same venue where the UNIGAMES champion will face the home team.
The tournament is running in its second year and has been growing with the full support of Sagay City Mayor Thirdy Maranon.