Global Cebu seize win against 9-man Kaya Iloilo

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A battle of wits and composure went Global Cebu FC’s way as they exploit their two-man advantage against Kaya with Mendy and Osei handed with red cards.

Kaya started brighter in the early proceedings of the match as the squad came off from a morale boosting win against Davao Aguilas in Iloilo last weekend.

Several looks came to the Ilonggos’ way as they tried to unleash shot after shot in the 10th minute but Global stood firm to to keep the attempts at bay.

In the 20th minute a breakthrough came for Kaya as they were awarded a penalty kick when Robert Lopez Mendy was brought down inside the box.

However, Mendy was denied from the spot as Patrick Deyto was able to read the balls flight for a spectacular denial.

The penalty save seemed to have encouraged Global as they were able to gain confidence in their plays.

Soon enough, Marasigan was able to come up with a chance for Global with an on-target attempt but Kaya’s goalkeeper Ace Villanueva was alert enough to quell the strike.

A few minutes after the half-hour, the match began to shift more into a heated affair as Salenga and Tanton clashed that gave the referee no choice but to hand out Yellow cards for both.

Further heated scenes followed with Tacagni also meted with a caution but the pivotal point happened in the added time of the first half. The missed penalty might have gotten to Lopez Mendy from a psychological standpoint as he was somehow provoked by Lee’s physical play. The referee then handed the Global defender with a yellow card but the Mendy was given his marching orders.

Despite being a man down, Kaya got the icebreaker as on-rushing and unmarked Masanari Omura scored with a header from a corner kick to give Kaya the lead heading into the halftime break

In the second half, Global’s man-advantage has come into full effect as Kaya were given less chances while Global started to gain momentum.

Global’s insistence and use of their advantage eventually paid off as Jordan Jarvis scored the equaliser at the stroke of the first hour.

The former Ateneo standout and UAAP rookie of the year was able to drift unnoticed to connect with the ball’s flight and beat Villanueva to bring the ball into the back of the net.

Kaya misery was further compounded when Alfred Osei was handed a straight red after committing a foul on the offensive end.

The sending off left Kaya with nine men to go against a still full Global Cebu roster.

With the obvious disadvantage that Kaya is faced with, eventually Global found the go-ahead goal from a run of play with an unchallenged Darryl Roberts heading in a fine cross.

Late in the game, Kaya’s capitulation has come to a completion as Gerardo Valmayor scored from a breakaway in the 83rd minute to hand Global a two-goal cushion en-route to a much needed 3-1 win for the cellar-dwelling club.

The loss meanwhile puts an end to Kaya’s four-match winning-streak.

Kaya Iloilo will next host Davao Aguilas on June 2 while Global Cebu will lock horns with JPV Marikina on May 27.

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