MANILA, Philippines- Kaya FC blanked Green Archers United FC, 2-0, to take the provisional top spot of the first division of the United Football League at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Sunday, February 15.
The Adam Reekie-mentored men clinched the number one spot early in the tournament after coming off with two consecutive clean sheet wins to start their campaign.
Kaya were right on track after the opening of their game as veteran defender Masanari Omura hit his mark off a free-kick from Chris Greatwich, taking the early 1-0 lead fro his club in the 9th minute.
The Green Archers, on the other side, tried their luck to equalize the tally but their chances were off target.
Young Kaya FC striker OJ Porteria capped off their successful two-goal outing with an uncontested shot on the Paolo Pascual-manned posts after losing his defender off a through ball.
Meanwhile, Loyola Meralco Sparks FC slipped through the pesky Manila Jeepney FC, 3-2, late in their bout to grab their second win of the season.
The first half of action was marked by the aggressive offense of Jeepney as Arthur Kouassi found the back of the net 13 minutes into the heated affair off a counter-attack.
Former Meralco Spark turned Manila Jeepney booter Jake Morallo doubled their club’s lead to 2-0 after finishing off a clinical pass from Kouassi deep in Loyola’s territory.
Before the break, however, Loyola FC newbie Tahj Minniecon scored off a well timed pass from James Younghusband to cut the lead to just a solitary goal in the 43rd minute.
A hungry Meralco side came out of the locker rooms after the break as another newcomer, Anthony Putrus-Schnell, stepped up to the plate and struck two thunderous goals in the 58th and 62nd minutes, respectively.
Hot heads erupted during the end of regulation as a crazy sequence ended with two players, Manila Jeepney goalkeeper Hyun Don In and J. Younghusband, were given cautions after an altercation before the teams went off the pitch. -