Karl Decena, InterAKTV ·
Newly-relegated Philippine Air Force toppled Division One squad Kaya FC, 1-0, in extra time to advance to the quarterfinals of the United Football Cup on Tuesday night at the Emperador Stadium.
Air Force, which finished at the bottom of the first division last season, faced a huge disadvantage against Kaya after missing four of its players due to red cards following a walkout against defending champion Stallion FC last November 5.
But the military squad showed its toughness for the rest of the match as it held Kaya scoreless in regulation, which ended nil-nil. Air Force found a golden chance at the end of the first extra time as Jimmy Vergara slotted a goal off a Joebel Bermejo free kick at the 104th minute.
Kaya suffered another blow as the squad was trimmed to 10 men due to a red card by Jovin Bedic.
Air Force was also down by one player as Bermejo got a red card after a hard tackle which gave some glimmer of hope for Kaya.
Kaya had plenty of chances to score the equalizer, but Air Force goalkeeper Kenneth Delloso held his ground between the sticks as he deflected shots from Mitchell Davidson and Anton Ugarte to help the military squad come away with the upset.
Air Force, which won the Cup title in 2011, will face in the quarterfinals the winner of the Round of 16 tiff between Green Archers United Globe and guest team Manila Jeepney FC.
With its lineup beefed up by several foreign players during the off-season, Kaya, one of the winningest clubs in the UFL, capped off yet another disappointing campaign after finishing fourth place in the League competition last season.