Angel Guirado and Harrison Sawyer starred as Davao Aguilas FC stunned Kaya FC-Makati, 3-1, in the Philippines Football League (PFL) on Saturday at the University of Makati Football Stadium.
Guirado blasted a brace while Sawyer netted the other goal as the No. 7 Aguilas soared to 18 points built on three wins and nine draws against 13 losses.
Davao Aguilas nailed their first win against Kaya Makati in their four-game elimination round tie, exacting revenge for two losses on their home pitch at the Davao Del Norte Sports Complex in Tagum City.
“I’m happy and satisfied because we lost to Kaya on our home turf and now we’ve beaten them as well on their home turf. It’s because the players really wanted to win tonight,” said Davao head coach Marlon Maro.
“For me, the delivery of crosses was the main reason why we scored lots of goals. We were able to take advantage of our height. What’s positive tonight is that the players responded well to the plan,” he added.
The lone Mindanao-based club also snapped a four-game winless run.
Kaya, which was already bound for the Finals Series, ended its season with a loss and remained on No. 3 with 47 points on 14 wins and five draws.
It was also the Makati booters’ second straight defeat and ninth overall, putting them on danger of facing the top seed in the semifinals.
“It’s a tough loss. If you’re looking at the 90 minutes, I couldn’t see that the Aguilas were really on top,” said Kaya mentor Noel Marcaida.
Guirado notched the opening goal for the visitors 26 minutes into the match, heading home a second ball from an uncleared setpiece.
Alfred Osei pulled the home side level in the 58th minute as the Ghanaian center back fired a free kick past goalkeeper Nicholas O’Donnell.
Sawyer broke the deadlock just seven minutes later with an easy tap-in on a well-placed low cross before Guirado notched an insurance goal with another header.
Meanwhile, Ceres Negros FC failed to sneak into the top spot anew as it settled for a 1-1 draw with Ilocos United FC at the President Elpidio Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur.
Adam Mitter scored in the first half for Ilocos United before Ceres Negros’ Arnie Pasinabo buried the equalizer late in the second half.
The Yellow Busmen, who had 53 points after another stalemate, stayed one marker behind leading FC Meralco Manila.
The ousted Conquistadors improved to nine points on a 1-6-20 win-draw-loss record, with one match left in their campaign.
JEREMIAH M. SEVILLA