By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
One of the oldest and most respected football stars currently playing in the Philippines Football League (PFL) just turned back the clock and displayed a vintage performance.
Stephan Schrock, one of the pioneers of the Philippine Azkals national football team, led the Azkals Development Team (ADT) to a convincing win over Mendiola FC 1991, 3-0, in the ongoing PFL season.
The 36-year-old midfielder orchestrated the ADT offense from the get-go and set up several chances for their first goal in the first half.
However, Mendiola’s well-coordinated defensive schemes in the first 45 minutes prevented ADT to punch their way into the scoring column.
The dogfight continued for 20 minutes after the whistle was blown in the second half as both squads knew each other well, trading defensive stop after stop.
Answering the call for the young ADT squad is their leader Schrock who drew first blood in the 66th minute after tapping Emilio Borlongan’s strike inside the penalty area.
Schrock’s emphatic goal then set the tone for ADT and paved the way for their tremendous performance in the closing minutes of the match.
With only two minutes left in the match, a disappointing meltdown happened to Mendiola after conceding two header goals in just two possessions.
Jaime Rosquillo and Ealwhine Dalam added two more goals to ADT’s side during the 89th minute and the last extension period.
With the win, ADT improved to two wins and two defeats with seven points while Mendiola dropped to just three points in the young PFL season.