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STILL finding its traction in the ongoing season of the Philippines Football League (PFL), Stallion-Laguna FC underscored the need for the team to “follow the process” from training to better compete in the two-week-long tournament.

Padded their cause after holding tournament favorite Kaya FC-Iloilo to a 1-1 draw in their matchup of league pioneers on Tuesday, the Stallions (0-1-1) now look to have some stability as the league’s coronavirus pandemic-hit season progresses.

“We learned our lesson in our first game; that we must follow what we do in training,” said Stallion assistant coach Richard  Leyble following their match on Tuesday, referring to their first game against Maharlika Manila FC on Oct. 31 where they lost, 1-2.

Against Kaya, Stallion-Laguna took a while still to get it going, down, 1-0, by the halftime break after Jovin Bedic broke through for Kaya in the 10th minute.

But instead of folding, the Stallions regrouped and came out more aggressive and steady in the second fold of the contest.

Their efforts were rewarded when Jhan-Jhan Melliza scored the equalizer in the 80th minute.

The teams tried to go for the go-ahead after, but nothing would come as the full-time buzzer sounded, leaving them to share the spoils with a point each.

“Kaya is one of the strong teams in the tournament. We just told the players to just follow the process, and it’s good for us to hold Kaya to a draw,” said Mr. Leyble.

Stallion-Laguna plays league-leader United City Football Club on Nov. 6. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo

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