Kaya close to PFL Al­can­tara semi­fi­nals

Panay News - - REGION -  By Adria n Ste­wart Co

MANILA – Kaya Iloilo moved closer to seal­ing a semi­fi­nals seat – and a chance to play at the Iloilo Sports Com­plex, their home field – in the 2018 PFL Copa Paulino Al­can­tara.

They averted an up­set by Global Cebu by forc­ing a 3-3 draw at the Rizal Me­mo­rial Sta­dium on Sun­day night.

“Our pri­or­ity is to top the group and play our semi­fi­nal in Iloilo,” said Kaya head coach Noel Mar­caida. “Who­ever will be num­ber two in the other side, we don’t care. We just want to play in Iloilo.”

Global drew first blood in the match with Joshua Beloya scor­ing eas­ily in the fifth minute. Kaya man­aged to equal­ize in the 25th minute with Miguel Tan­ton sail­ing the ball to­ward the box.

The Cebu team re­gained the ad­van­tage early in the sec­ond half with Char­lie Beaton over­pow­er­ing the de­fense of Kaya’s Nathaniel Vil­lanueva. The Iloilo squad an­swered back anew via an in­side hit by Robert Lopez Mendy.

For the third time, Global surged ahead as Jor­dan Jarvis rose above his man on the cor­ner and nods it in. Kaya had its re­sponse again with Lopez Mendy head­ing a cor­ner by Tan­ton.

Kaya sur­vived the match de­spite be­ing re­duced to 10 men as early as the 21st minute with vet­eran Eric Gi­ganto be­ing slapped with a straight red card for get­ting in­volved in a scuf­fle./

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Lee Jeong-Min of Global Cebu (4) and Robert Lopez Mendy of Kaya Iloilo race to­ward the ball dur­ing their 2018 PFL Copa Paulino Al­can­tara match on Sun­day night.

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