KAYA Futbol Club – Iloilo scored a double victory at the Iloilo Sports Complex in La Paz, Iloilo City on Saturday to fortify its hold on the second spot of the 2018 Philippines Football League standings.
Ilonggo Jovin Bedic played the hero’s role for Kaya as he scored the game-winning goal late in the second half for a repeat win over third placed Davao Aguilas 2-1.
With both teams struggling offensively in the first half, Kaya drew first blood in the second frame as Kenshiro Daniels smashed the ball low toward the Aguilas goalkeeper in the 53rd minute.
Aguilas managed to tie the scores minutes later on a header by James Younghusband. Kaya snatched the advantage in the 77th minute on a header by Bedic from a missed free kick by Miguel Tanton.
The victory was fitting for Kaya as it played undermanned – Robert Lopez Mendy and Alfred Osei were out due to suspension and Jordan Mintah and Ilonggo Shirmar Felongco, due to injuries.
“[We] missed a number of players but others took it as an opportunity to step up,” said Kaya head coach Noel Marcaida. “There were aspects of our plays that were affected but we were able to find ways to pull off the win.”
Prior to the match, Kaya got 3 points added to its total without sweat as Liga Futbol, Inc., the PFL’s governing body, awarded it a 3-0 forfeiture win for their postponed match against Global Cebu, also in Iloilo City, on May 2.
“Global Cebu FC was found responsible for the abandonment of the said match on May 2, 2018,” Liga Futbol, Inc. said in a statement released right after a meeting of its Board of Directors.
The May 2 match was supposed to be Kaya’s debut at its new home field and would have formalized its move from Makati. But Global Cebu – due to what was eventually disclosed as a financial problem – was unable to travel, causing the match cancellation.
Kaya moved up to 22 points on seven wins, one draw and three defeats. Aguilas, meanwhile, remained on third place with 14 points on four wins, two draws and five losses./PN