Chieffy lifts Green Archers to club semis
MANILA, Philippines – National team mainstay Emelio "Chieffy" Caligdong scored off a virtuoso move to lift his new club, Green Archers United, to a 1-0 win over hard luck Pachanga in the quarterfinals of the PFF Smart National Club Championships at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium Sunday.
Caligdong, playing only his second game with the Green Archers, scored the match’s only goal in the second extra period to propel his team to the semi-finals of the tournament.
In the 114th minute, Caligdong blew past Pachanga left back Nathan Octavio down the right goalline. The former Air Froce midfielder fired at the goal but was blocked by Pachanga keeper Kim Versales.
The ball rebounded out to Caligdong and with defender Andew Santiago closing him down, he fired a difficult right-footed shot towards the first post for the goal.
Green Archers and Pachanga also met in the quarterfinals of the recently concluded UFL Cup, where they took a 1-1 score not just into two extra 15-minute periods but to a penalty shootout.
Green Archers won that match as well after prevailing 4-3 in penalties.
In the club championships, both sides played a more defensive match, only attacking on the counter offensive.
Caligdong had two chances to score in the second extra period, including one that saw him blow past two defenders, only for Pachanga central back Yves Ashime to poke the ball away.
Green Archers will face Pasargad in the semi-finals on Saturday, January 26 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.