first_imgBut Marikina has since racked up five straight victories since that defeat to Meralco, zooming to second place with 18 points as the competition reached its ninth week.After back-to-back draws, Meralco returned to its winning ways last Saturday at the expense of Ilocos United, 1-0, at Quirino Stadium in Vigan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSince the defeat to the Sparks, Marikina has conquered powerhouse sides Global Cebu and Ceres Negros as coach Dan Padernal’s men staked their claim as a contender this season.“Meralco is a strong team, especially on the counterattack,” said Padernal. “We also have to be wary of their threat in set pieces.” LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FC Meralco Manila and JPV Marikina dispute top spot when they clash on Saturday night in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.With 20 points from their first eight matches, the Sparks can extend their lead at the top with another victory against a JPV side which they beat, 1-0, last May 20 in Biñan.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Meanwhile, Ceres Negros returns to the comforts of home after a tough away defeat at midweek as the Busmen battle Ilocos United at Panaad Stadium in a match that will be aired live on PTV at 4 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Magsayo stakes spotless slate Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection MOST READlast_img

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