MANILA, Philippines - Phl Army FC leaned on late goals by John Cain and Ricardo Becite as it turned back a stubborn Agila FC, 2-0, to seize the solo lead in Group D of the United Football League Cup at the University of the Makati field in Makati.
With the game locked in the first 80 minutes, Cain scored a rocket to shatter the tie and Becite hammered the final nail to Agila’s coffin with a rocket two minutes into injury time.
The Armymen, who eked out a shock 2-0 victory over heavily favored Stallion Penson FC last week at The Fields in Nuvali, zoomed to the top of Group D with six match points ahead of defending Cup champion Air Force, which fell to second with three points.
It was the second goal for Becite, who also scored in their win over Stallion to move just a goal shy of scoring leader Nate Burkey of Kaya, who has three goals thus far.
And Army did it in the absence of team captain and former Azkals mainstay Roel Gener, who served out a one-game suspension after he was tossed out in their first game for a couple of yellow cards.
Agila remained winless in two starts.
Pasargad, for its part, sank Phl Navy, 3-0, to barge into the win column in Group A where it leapt from a share of bottom to No. 3 with three points, a point behind reigning league titlist Global and four behind bracket pacesetter and tournament sensation General Trias.
Alireza Jamali broke the ice with a 37th minute goal before Masood Shedideh and Emmanuel Mbata Ameachi scored on the 68th and the second minute of injury time to seal the emphatic win by Pasargad, which dropped its first outing at the hands of Global FC, 1-3, on opening day.
The Navymen went deeper down in Group A with nothing two show in two matches.
In the only other match of the day, Diliman Victory Liner FC and Dolphins United FC fought to a scoreless deadlock.
It was the second draw in three outings in Group B for the Diliman booters who had two points to move up to No. 3 behind bracket leader Kaya with seven points and Green Archers United with four points.
The Dolphins scored their first point of this tournament.