UFL: Mallari propels Kaya over Global
MANILA, Philippines - In a titanic matchup between two Azkals-laden squads, Kaya FC emerged as 1-nil winners as Eddie Mallari punched in the lone goal of the game against Global FC in the 2014 United Football League, Wednesday, February 26 at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig City.
Playing on a rare Wednesday playdate to give the National Team players from both squads time to prepare for their flight to Malaysia this week, Global and Kaya engaged in a tactical battle as they utilized their full arsenals of stars but it was the lesser-known Mallari who delivered tonight to hand Kaya the full three points and stay in the chase of the top spot in this year's tough League competition.
The fan-favorites started hot as OJ Porteria terrorized Global's defense early on but Mallari drilled in the shocker only ten minutes into the game to put Kaya up 1-0.
Coach Leigh Manson's side then tried their mighty best to answer back as Mark Hartmann and Misagh Bahadoran almost restored parity in the first half but young Kaya keeper Nick O'Donnell and the rest of the Kaya defense did well to hold Global scoreless.
With the clock ticking away, Milad Behgandom took matters into his own hands as he rained O'Donnell with shots and came close to scoring a header in the 73rd but Kaya held on to their hairline one-goal lead to avenge their 1-2 defeat to Global in the first round of the eliminations.
Kaya improved their record to 6-1-2 but they remain third in the table with 19 points. Global meanwhile, absorbs only its second loss this year winning seven matches and drawing one for 22 points good for the second spot behind league leaders Loyola Meralco Sparks.
Anton del Rosario, Andrew Liauw, Chris Greatwich, OJ Porteria, Kenshiro Daniels, and O'Donnell from Kaya were all called up by the Azkals for coach Thomas Dooley's debut match against Malaysia on March 1 while Global's Hartmann, Bahadoran, Amani Aguinaldo, Marwin Angeles, Jeff Christiaens and Jason de Jong will also make the trip for the International Friendly. - Rappler.com