Global FC secured second place of the 2015 United Football League (UFL) after slipping past Kaya FC, 3-1, at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Saturday.
Last year’s UFL champions ended the league with nine wins, five draws and two losses in their route to clinch the second spot after Ceres La Salle took snared this year’s title with an impressive finish.
Global’s offense heated quickly immediately after the opening whistle as National University standout Paolo Salenga took care of business with just a few seconds into the match to take the lead for his club.
Not long after, another goal was tallied for this year’s UFL bridesmaids as Azkal Misagh Bahadoran completed a corner sent by Jason De Jong in the sixth minute.
Kaya FC remained vigilant on the attacking end, relying on Kittitian national team player Tishan Hanley to pester the defense of their foes in the remaining minutes of the first half.
With the lead on their side, Global FC’s platoon was depleted to just 10 men in the 56th minute as De Jong was sent off after a hard challenge of Jovin Bedic.
The offense of the Kaya booters woke up from its slumber in the final 10 minutes of play as Hanley sliced the advantage of their rivals with a goal in the 83rd minute.
Hikaru Minegeshi ended Kaya FC’s late game surge in the final minute of stoppage time as he silenced the crowd with a counterattack to finish off their three-goal outing.
After bowing to Global FC, Kaya now drops to the fourth in the league standing as the Loyola Meralco Sparks FC overtook them to take the third place in fashion with a 4-0 drubbing of Green Archers United FC earlier in the match date.