Stallion FC banked on a second half revival to defeat Kaya FC, 2-1, in Sunday’s United Football League at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
It was a morale-boosting win for the Iloilo side after their 3-3 draw against Green Archers United last week. On the other hand, Kaya dropped to fourth place and are now level with Stallion at 28 points. Kaya are ahead due to a better goal difference.
Kaya could have gone ahead in the 11th minute when Louis Clark sent a cross that was tipped away by Johann Noetzel. OJ Porteria recovered the ball but his shot went wide of the post.
Matthew Nierras had a chance for Stallion in the 21st minute. The defender sent a well taken free kick on goal but Nick O’Donnell blocked the shot.
Clark almost put Kaya ahead with seconds left before half-time. The winger fired a driven shot on goal but Noetzel foiled it with a one-handed save. The first half ended scoreless.
It was Kaya that went ahead eight minutes into the second half. Samuel Bonney was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box and Clark converted the ensuing penalty.
Stallion skipper Ruben Doctora Jr. scored the equalizer in the 61st minute. O’Donnell stood rooted to his line as Doctora’s header went into the top-right corner.
Jordan Mintah turned the match around in the 79th minute. The forward sneaked past the offside trap and sent a chip past O’Donnell and with that goal handed Stallion the full three points.
In the first match, brothers James and Phil Younghusband were on target as Loyola Meralco Sparks FC defeated Manila Jeepney FC, 2-0.
The elder Younghusband scored off a header in the fifth minute to put the Sparks ahead. Phil Younghusband added the insurance goal in the 71st minute. The Sparks are now level with Global FC on points but are behind due to an inferior goal difference.
Wednesday’s matches will be crucial for the four teams chasing second place. These teams are Global, the Sparks, Kaya, and Stallion, in that order. As of publishing, only three points — and goal difference — separate the four teams from each other. Stallion will face Ceres La Salle FC on Sunday, August 2nd.
Should the newly-crowned UFL League champions Ceres La Salle FC win the UFL Cup, the second placed team in the League might claim the second AFC Cup slot. The slot will not be an outright spot in the group stage but will be a playoff spot to get into the group stage.
Kaya battle Team Socceroo FC at 5:15 PM while the second is between Global and the Sparks at 7:45 PM. Both games will be at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. — CAL
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Published last: 2015-08-10 01:04:08