Global Cebu and Kaya FC settle for goalless draw

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It was a well contested PFL fixture between long-time rivals in Cebu City Sports Complex, but Global Cebu FC vs Kaya FC Makati ended with a goalless draw that featured a good deal of chances.

The match was set-up to be a tough one as both teams fielded their almost full-strength squads with Shu Sasaki a notable absentee for Global who has already departed the club during the transfer window, while Kaya FC was boosted by the return of Jordan Mintah after serving a bookings suspension.

The hosts immediately showed their intent from kick-off as striker Rufo Sanchez fired an attempt that just went wide off the mark in just under four minutes.

It somehow jolted Kaya into life, as the visitors were able to apply pressure that resulted to two corners in the 6th and 11th minutes.

Come the 12th minute, Kaya mounted an attack that could have produced a scoring opportunity but Global defender, Wesley Dos Santos, stepped up big time for a two-time denial of strike partners Robert Mendy and Jordan Mintah too keep the two sides scoreless.

Visiting goalkeeper, Ref Cuaresma, was called into action in the 14th minute as he saved a goal-bound  Yu Hoshide freekick.

The biggest early chance though came for the home side in the 24th minute, as Rufo Sanchez shoots that deflected off Kaya defender, Alfred Osei, only for Cuaresma to gather the ball safely.

Kaya could have thought that they had the best response possible off that Rufo attempt as Mintah found the back of the net the next minute only for the linesman to call it an offside.

It would prove to be the last clear chance as both teams head into the halftime break on a deadlock.

In the second half, both teams came out more determined to get the winner as chances were created on either end heading into the hour mark.

Darryl Roberts and Hikaru Minegishi came out with attempts for Global in the 60th minute, but were not able to convert.

In the 67th minute, it could have been the goal of the game as Jordan Mintah once again found the back of the net but in a seemingly deja vu scenario, the linesman once again called it for offside.

Both teams desperately tried to get a winner near the end of full-time, but their efforts came to naught.

The final play of the game came in favor of Global Cebu FC as they were awarded a free-kick on added time from a promising area, but Rufo Sanchez’s shot failed to hit the target as both squads settle for a draw.

The result means there will be no change in the top three teams in the league standings as Kaya and Global retain second and third, respectively.

Global Cebu FC travels to Binan as they next face Stallion Laguna on August 25 at 7:00PM while Kaya will have their next game on September 10 as they visit JPV Marikina for a 4:00PM fixture.

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