Kaya FC Elite seeks to stretch its lead, as it takes on Manila Tala FC in the second match day of the Weekend Futbol League (WFL) Elite Division today at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) Turf in Taguig City.
Kickoff is set at 2 p.m.
Kaya Elite is currently sitting atop of the standings of the six-club tournament with a two-goal advantage in goal difference over the other opening day winners Green Archers United (GAU) FC and Stallion Laguna FC B.
The team from Makati scored a 5-2 win against FC Meralco Manila Reserve Team at the McKinley Hill Stadium last week.
Manila Tala, on the other hand, looks to bounce back from a narrow 1-2 loss to Green Archers United at the BGC Turf.
Meanwhile, Green Archers United and Stallion Laguna B clash at 2 p.m. at the De La Salle-Santiago Zobel Globe Football Field in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
GAU is coming off a slim victory over Manila Tala while the second team of Stallion Laguna enters the crucial fixture from a 4-3 win against Laos FC at the Blue Pitch in Circuit, Makati.
First day losers Meralco Manila Reserve Team and Laos try to notch their breakthrough victory when they tangle at 3:30 p.m. at the San Beda College Football Field in Manila.
http://www.manilatimes.net/kaya-aims-keep-lead-battles-manila-tala-wfl/340008/ Results : Green Archers United 4-0 Stallion B
Cambodia claimed third place in Group J as they wound down their participation in the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers with a 1-0 win over the Philippines.
The margin of victory could been wider but Cambodia's Chreng Polroth saw his 29th minute penalty saved and the follow up blasted wide.
Javier Gayoso was thwarted with his side's best chance 10 minutes after the restart. The forward, bounding down the left flank, cut inside but Cambodian keeper Um Sereirath stood tall and strong to parry away his effort.
Sok Samnang, who had threatened for large parts of the game, finally found the second a minute shy of the hour mark. Substitute Son Vandeth’s long range effort cannoned off a Philippines defender in the box and fell kindly onto the path of the No. 9 who blasted into a yawning goalmouth.
Marlon Maro (Philippines Coach)
"We lost 1-0 from open play. There was an attempt and there was a missed clearance. Aside from losing the game, what is important is that we were able to play as a team. Now we have to go back home and prepare for the SEA Games and improve on our weaknesses."
Leonardo Vitorino (Cambodia Coach)
"I know the players were tired because we played a tough match today and also two tough matches against China and Japan. But I have told my players we can do more for the country. Not only the players but me also. We are working hard for the future and my players know we must do better."
BIÑAN—On May 24, Global Cebu and Kaya Makati played in a Wednesday night match that was initially meant to make up for the former's AFC Cup schedule.
However, the midweek games have become a frequent staple since then.
Curiously, Cebu and Negros, the other PFL squad in the AFC Cup—and is still in the running at that—each played only two Wednesday night games from May 31.
On the other hand, Laguna has played in four of the six Wednesday playdates that took place since the said date, and Coach Ernie Nierras told some reporters that for him, it is taking a toll on all the players.
"In [a span of] five weeks, we played 10 games. We're not even done yet. We still have three games in 10 days. It's not just us. It's the whole league. But honestly, this is dangerous," said Nierras after Laguna's latest midweek mayhem against Marikina at the Biñan Football Stadium.
Curiously, both clubs are set to meet again on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
He also bared that a meeting with the PFF is happening soon to discuss the scheduling of the PFL.
"We're gonna meet with the [Philippine Football] Federation and see what we can do, because this is beyond ridiculous," he continued.
Still, Nierras is happy that his players braved the fatigue and injury factors to score their first win of the season.