Philippines keeps Peace Cup-A A +A
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
AN EXEMPLARY performance from Bundesliga regular Stephen Schrock towed the Philippines to a 3-1 comeback win over Pakistan, allowing the host to retain its Peace Cup trophy last Tuesday night at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
The Philippines, Pakistan and Chinese Taipei all finished with three points but the Philippines gets the trophy on superior goal difference. The Philippines lost to Chinese Taipei, 2-1, last Friday, while Pakistan beat the Taiwanese, 1-0, last Sunday.
The Azkals got off to a bad start and Kaleem Ullah got past defender Jerry Barbaso to get past Neil Etheridge for the first goal of the match in the 15th minute.
However, that did not dampen the Azkals with Schrock, Misagh Bahadoran, Chris Greatwich and Patrick Reichelt continuing to harass the Pakistan defense.
And in the 35th, the Philippines finally got the equalizer, thanks to Schrock. The Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder chased the ball down left flank and got past his defender before connecting to a streaking Reichelt, who banged in the first goal.
Schrock could have made it 2-1 in the second half but his teasing cross beat everybody including Bahadoran.
In the 78th, the Philippines finally got the go ahead goal as the veteran Greatwich, who has played for the national team since 2004, banged in a miss by Reichelt.
Ten minutes later, Schrock capped a magnificent night as he got the third goal, this time, with Reichelt playing the provider. Schrock was later replaced by Phil Younghusband and was applauded when he got subbed.
Team manager Dan Palami said they dedicate the win to the victims of the 7.2 earthquake in Bohol and Cebu and added he has asked the players to donate their allowance for the relief efforts.
“We would like to dedicate this game to all our kababayans who are victims of the calamity. We hope that with this small victory, we are able to uplift their spirits,” Palami said.
The Peace Cup was part of the Philippines preparation for the 2014 Challenge Cup in Maldives.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 17, 2013.