PFL: Kaya races to third win in a row; Stallion routs Mendiola

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Kaya FC–Iloilo captain Jovin Bedic battles for the ball in Kaya’s 1-0 win over the Global Cebu FC on Saturday. -- KAYA FC-ILOILO

KAYA FC-Iloilo kept its unblemished record in the Philippines Football League intact while Stallion Laguna FC was a big winner in league action on Saturday.

Back after the FIFA international break, Kaya hacked out a 1-0 victory over Global Cebu FC at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium with Alfred Osei providing the winning goal.

Kaya dictated the opening half with solid opportunities to score but could not complete them.

In the 52nd minute though its efforts paid off when Mr. Osei found himself in the right spot.

As Jovin Bedic was attempting to wriggle free inside Global’s box, the ball fell to Mr. Osei, who while on the ground, managed to opportunistically steer a low shot into goal for the 1-0 lead.

“Honestly, it was a lucky goal, but I’ll take that any day, especially with a performance like that, being that sloppy in front of goal. The chance was there, and I just took it. We had 19 shots in the first half, only four on target. That’s not good enough. When the ball came, I was thinking, ‘Just hit the target.’ Most importantly, we got three points on the board,” said Mr. Osei after the match.

“It’s a good thing that we got three points today. As a bonus, we were able to maintain the clean sheet. That’s all that matters. But we have to be conscious moving forward,” Iloilo head coach Noel Marcaida, for his part, said.

“It’s not that we played badly. We created chances, we were able to play that ball around well. But moving forward, we need to work on our finishing. We need to be more clinical and composed in front of goal,” he added.

The loss pushed Global to a record of 0-0-3, the lone team still without a point.

Meanwhile, Stallion notched back-to-back wins after a 6-1 victory over Mendiola FC 1991 at the Biñan Football Stadium.

Substitute Chima Uzoka scored a hat trick, with Fitch Arboleda adding a brace and Nathan Alquiros a goal to help their team fashion out the rout.

Mr. Alquiros opened the scoring, finding the goal just two minutes into the contest.

His teammate Arboleda doubled their lead, 2-0, six minutes later.

Mendiola managed to narrow the gap, 2-1, in the 20th minute off a penalty kick of Ashley Flores.

The scored held up to the halftime break.

In the second half it was all Stallion with Mr. Uzoka scoring in the 55th and 83rd minute to make it a 4-1 count.

The home team put the finishing touches after with Messrs, Arboleda and Uzoka adding a goal each for the final score.

The win was the second straight for Stallion (2-1-1), in follow-up to its 3-0 victory over Philippine Air Force FC previously. It pushed the team to third spot in the standings with seven points.

Mendiola with the loss, meanwhile, fell to 0-1-2 with a point after three matches.