On-fire Kaya Iloilo score six past hapless Global Cebu

Kaya FC Iloilo Osei salutes the fans

Kaya Iloilo produced another sensational yet ruthless performance in front of their home supporters as they score six unanswered goals against Global Cebu in their Philippines Football League Saturday clash in Iloilo Sports Complex.

Soon after kick-off, hosts Kaya came out as the aggressors as they knocked on relentlessly at Global’s door by seizing the lion’s share of possession and chances created.

In the 23rd minute Kaya eventually got what they were chasing for as Miguel Tanton received a back-pass giving him enough space and time to unleash an unstoppable shot from near the edge of the area that beat Global’s debuting goalkeeper, Ceres-Negros legend Louie Michael Casas.

Kaya only needed to wait lesst than three minutes as they see their second goal scored in spectacular fashion off a quick counter as Robert Lopez Mendy was able to smartly evade an on-rushing Casas to strike low from distance and with enough precision to put the ball into the back of an empty net.

The second goal scored proved to be a crucial padding for the hosts as, soon after, Global Cebu were able to settle into the match especially their new players which improved their showing as the half wore on making the tie more balanced right until the officials signalled for the half-time break.

The second half became more tactical in nature as Global switched more to damage limitation while Kaya eased off their marauding style that was evident in the previous half, relying more on quick counter-attacks with the hopes of catching their visitors unaware. It also handed the hosts some offside calls in the process.

A particular play in the 55th minute was evidence of such tactical shifts from both ends when Mendy was unleashed with a promising ball with only him up front, but Casas rushed in time to thwart the danger.

In the 69th minute though Kaya were able to exploit Global’s lapse who were employing a high defensive line that moment to come up with a very promising counter-attack as Robert Lopez Mendy was once again on the loose with only Casas to beat. But seeing an onrushing Jovin Bedic on his left side, the Senegalese forward opted to forego in achieving a brace as he perfectly laid off a pass to his captain for a golden chance that could not be missed to make it 3-0.

In the 75th minute, the men in yellow suddenly made it a rout once again as a mix-up in Global’s box led to a failed clearance as the ball found Jovin Bedic inside the box who made no mistake to notch his second goal of the afternoon making it four unanswered goals against their opponents.

Kaya Iloilo proved that they weren’t done yet though as a fifth goal did arrive in the 85th minute courtesy of 80th minute substitute Jayson Panhay who made sure of his attempt after receiving a lateral pass in a very promising area.

Finally, the Ilonggo outfit continued in their role as tormentors as substitute striker Connor Tacagni notched his second goal of the PFL season after a more than six-month drought after he poached a goal off a well-worked save by Michael Casas.

Runners-up finish for Kaya

With Kaya now sitting at 45 points, and their grip of second place unassailable as chasers Davao Aguilas and Stallion Laguna are already well behind with 29 and 28 points respectively, the Visayan squad now has an outside chance of qualifying for next season’s AFC Cup depending on Ceres-Negros’ AFC Champions League qualifying campaign.

Kaya Iloilo now need to win the Copa Paulino Alcantara if they want their slot in the continental competition to be assured.

Global’s rebuilding begins to take shape

A new look Global Cebu, particularly the backline has come into full-view in this particular fixture with the aforementioned Casas as the starting keeper and the return of Milan Nikolic in central defence after his two season odyssey with the now defunct Meralco Manila and Serbian Club Radnicki Pirot. The Serbian’s arrival completes their central defence setup with former Ilocos United centre-back Adam Mitter who arrived from Singaporean club Hougang United partnering him.

With these new additions, the lopsided routs that the former Philippine club football powerhouse is experiencing could start to diminish bit by bit, which could come as a good preparation ahead of the Copa Paulino Alcantara.

Despite another setback, the loss this time could most probably be attributed to the unfamiliarity of the new players who are still yet to adjust to their new club. But the latest developments are something to look forward to for the Cebu-based outfit as they aim to rise up from their worst showing in their history as one of the most prominent football clubs in the nation.

Photo credit: Kaya Futbol Club Facebook Page

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