AFC Challenge Cup Golden Boot winner Phil Younghusband scored his 10th goal of the season as the Loyola Meralco Sparks overpowered Nomads Auction Manila, 5-0, to join a three-way logjam on top in the First Division of the United Football League at the University of Makati field over the weekend.
Younghusband, whose Golden Boot award propelled the Phl Azkals to a historic third place finish in the AFC Challenge Cup in Nepal last week, came through on the 38th minute, one of the five unleashed by the Loyola Meralco Sparks to join idle Kaya FC and Global FC at the helm with 18 points apiece on six wins against a loss.
David Cortina unveiled the scoring curtains for Loyola Meralco Sparks with a fifth-minute goal that was followed by Mark Johnson boot 20 minutes later. Younghusband then joined the parade by making it comfortable 3-0 advantage going into halftime.
Randy Musters and Mark Hartmann finished the Nomads booters off with goals on the 53rd and 91st minute, respectively.
Younghusband’s 10th goal kept him on top of the list of players with most goals scored ahead of elder brother and teammate James and Stallion Gilligan’s FC’s Korean striker Lee Joo Young with seven apiece and another Loyola Meralco Sparks teammate Mark Hartmann and Air Force Phoenix’s Ian Arantea with six each.
Nomads fell to a share of eighth place with Pasargad FC – which joined the win column after a pulsating 3-2 win over Army Fritz & Macziol FC Sunday – with five points apiece after picking up their fourth defeat against a triumph and two draws.
In the only other First Division match, Green Archers United drew strength from a spectacular four-goal performance by Christian Floriano Pasilan Jr. to smash a listless Navy Red Juice side, 5-0.