Kaya Iloilo and Global Cebu battle to an exciting six-goal draw in Copa

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Kaya Iloilo and Global Cebu settle with sharing the spoils after a scintillating 3-3 draw in their second Copa Paulino Alcantara face-off held Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Global started brightly as they aim to give a better performance and avenge their first loss against their rivals for the night.

But it was Kaya that was able to produce an attempt in just the fifth mminute as Robert Lopez Mendy just shoots wide of the mark.

Global’s positive approach was immediately rewarded though as Joshua Beloya produced a well-taken volley that beat Kaya keeper Ace Villanueva to put his side up front in just the sixth minute of the proceedings.

An unexpected substitution though was undertaken by Global in the 11th minute as centre-back Adam Mitter seemed to not able to continue anymore with a knock as Anton del Rosario took his place.

Kaya seemed to still struggle a bit to get a hold of the game as Tanton’s 20th minute freekick from way out was easily dealt with by Global’s sentry Jun Badelic.

Two minutes later, a commotion ensued from both teams triggered by a mix-up between Kaya’s Eric Giganto and Global’s Jordan Jarvis. The former seemed to have lashed out with a second motion off a clumsy yet unintentional foul by the latter. After the officials discussed among themselves based on what transpired, referee Linjun Talaver was given no other choice but to hand a straight red card to Giganto in the 24th minute with Jarvis receiving a booking.

It could have been a worse situation for Kaya as they were put then and there at a disadvantage, but like wounded lions, Chris Greatwich’s wards produced a brilliant response as Tanton fortuitously scored the ensuing free-kick as his attempt from a considerable distance evaded the Global defenders, then bounced off the ground before completely fooling Badelic to find itself into the back of the net.

Kaya continued to push and impose themselves for the lead as they continued the pressure until reaching the half-hour of the match.

Charlie Beaton then unleashed a shot after a commendable effort to create space in the 37th minute of the match but Villanueva was able to gather easily.

Global should have headed into half-time a goal up as Beloya ran down the left wing in injury time and crossed right to Darryl Roberts whose touch was good enough to unleash a shot but the ball went wide as He could have done better with the effort.

In the second half, Global tried to shift the momentum to their side as they threw the pressure once again to the 10-man Iloilo outfit.

Seven minutes after the restart Global Cebu produced a ball with opposing keeper Villanueva in no man’s land, but his teammate, defender Camelo Tacusalme, showed enough presence of mind to get to the ball first for the crucial clearance.

Global regained the advantage in the 57th minute as Charlie Beaton powered through to beat his marker off a breakaway play and showed enough composure to wrong-foot Badelic for the goal.

But Kaya immediately retaliated as Mendy connected with Jovin Bedic’s well crafted cross to fire home from an extremely close range and restore the parity.

At this time Stevic-Rankovic’s wards were probably kicking themselves in bringing back their opponents back in the game as they once again pushed forth for to get a winner.

The probable winner did arrive in the 64th minute when Jordan Jarvis headed in Marwin Angeles’ corner kick to restore Global’s lead.

Jarvis Global

The game opened up a bit moments later as both sides enjoyed brief spells of promising football with Kaya racking up some promising set plays save for an equaliser.

But right at the 74th minute the Iloilo-based squad found themselves level again, refusing to throw in the towel as a quick corner taken by Miguel Tanton found Mendy to convert with with a header and make it 3-3.

The remaining minutes proved to be an exciting and edge-of-your-seat stuff as both teams tried to claw themselves up for the winner, but the final breakthrough failed to arrive as both sets of competitors settled for a draw.

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