KAYA FC-ILOILO made it five wins in a row in the ongoing Philippines Football League (PFL) tournament after defeating Philippine Air Force FC, 5-0, in league action on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Jordan Mintah had a brace with Alfred Osei, Jovin Bedic, and Darryl Roberts adding a goal each to help their team to the victory that took Kaya to a 5-0-0 record and 15 points for solo leadership in the standings.
Kaya took control right from the get-go with Mr. Osei breaking through for a goal just after a quarter of an hour into the match.
Six minutes later it was Mr. Mintah on the scoring end to double their lead.
Kaya kept the pressure up but Air Force would hold its own to make it just a 2-nil deficit by the halftime break.
In the second half, Kaya was at it again, attacking the Airmen’s defense and eventually puncturing through care of Mr. Bedic.
The team’s lead was stretched to 4-0 when Mr. Roberts, off the bench, made his presence felt on offense, slotting in a goal in the 69th minute.
Kaya put on the finishing touches with another Mintah goal seven minutes from time to complete the shutout victory.
“I’m happy for the five straight wins, and I’m looking forward to how we can continue. We have three crucial games in the first two weeks of July, so it’s very important for us. It’s going to be a real test on whether or not we can continue the streak,” said Kaya coach Noel Marcaida postgame.
Also victorious last Saturday were Stallion Laguna FC and Ceres-Negros FC.
Stallion beat Global Cebu FC, 5-1, while Ceres was a 4-0 winner over Mendiola FC 1991.
The wins pushed Stallion (3-2-1) and Ceres (3-1-0) to 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the tournament, good for second and third place to date. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo