Global blanks Kaya to extend unbeaten run in UFL

Global sustained its fine form to overcome Kaya, 3-0, and tighten its grip of top spot last Sunday in the United Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Ivorian midfielder Serge Kaole and Japanese winger Hikaru Minegishi were on target before an own goal from Kaya defender Masa Omura sealed the victory for coach Leigh Manson’s side, which extended its lead at the top to five points.

Global extended its unbeaten start to the league to five matches for 15 points with JP Voltes, which fought Stallion to a scoreless draw earlier, in second spot with 10 points.

It was Kaya’s second loss of the season after slumping to a 0-1 defeat to Stallion last May 15.

With its confidence soaring, Global broke the deadlock in the eighth minute when Kaole headed the ball past Matthew Acton.

Serbian defender Milan Nikolic headed the ball back to Kaole from the far post, before the Ivorian placed the ball to the bottom corner.

Minegishi doubled the lead three minutes after halftime, firing low from a tight angle. Global kept the pressure up until the end as Omura’s clearance crossed the line for the third goal.

In a game of few chances, Voltes and Stallion picked up a point each, while Nomads recorded its second win of the season with a come-from-behind 2-1 triumph over Forza.

Takumi Uesato and Yu Hoshide were both denied by Stallion goalkeeper Roland Sadia early on as Voltes started the game brightly before fading in the second half.

But Stallion also struggled to create clear-cut chances even as Masaki Yanagawa and Camelo Tacusalme marshalled the Voltes backline effectively.

The result left Stallion at sixth at the table with seven points, while Nomads moved up to eighth with six points.