UFL: Kaya bucks tentative first half, beats Socceroo 4-2

Myke Miravite
After letting in two goals in the first 45 minutes, Kaya FC returned in the second half with their title aspirations in mind as they trumped Team Socceroo FC

MANILA, Philippines – After letting in two goals in the first 45 minutes, Kaya FC returned in the second half with their title aspirations in mind as they trumped Team Socceroo FC, 4-2, in the 2014 United Football League on Saturday, March 29 at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig City.

Four players found the back of the net for Kaya tonight as they improved to a 9-3-3 slate midway into the league competition, racking up their points to a third-best 30 with nine more games left in the calendar.

More importantly, though, the win brings David Perkovic’s side back into this season’s championship discussions after pulling through to within four points from league-leaders Global FC in the table.

Kaya FC looked bright in the early goings as Christian Ayew only took six minutes to open the scoring, banking in Richard Greer’s neatly-threaded cross for 1-nil.

Team Socceroo, however, made Andrew Liauw rue his defensive blunder less than ten minutes later as Lee Jeong Woo displayed nerves of steel from the penalty spot, scoring the equalizer 13 minutes into the game.

Pumped up by their good start against the streaking Kaya, the Korean doubled his production moments before the break when he curled in a left-footer past Nick O’Donnell in the 39th, putting Socceroo up by 2-1.

Not to be outdone, Kaya FC halted Team Socceroo’s celebration as Anton del Rosario scored off a wonderful diving header deep into the first half’s injury time, restoring parity at the break. 

Kaya then flexed their muscles on both ends of the pitch as they dominated Socceroo in the second half with Pablo Rodriguez Aracil reclaiming the lead for the fan-favorites, 57 minutes into the night.

Kenshiro Daniels promptly wrapped up the match when he scored Kaya’s fourth goal in the 73rd, gently rolling the ball into the back of the net for 4-2.

The win also cut second-place Loyola Meralco’s lead to just three points while Socceroo drops to 2-3-10 to remain at the eighth position in the standings.

Kaya and Loyola will figure in an all-important battle on April 1 that could make or break either squad’s title hopes. Socceroo, on the other hand, will try to bounce back on April 5 against Pachanga – Diliman. – Rappler.com

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