Global survives Kaya to keep UFL lead

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Global FC’s Dennis Villanueva (left) and OJ Clarino (right) scramble for the ball against Kaya FC’s Jovin Bedic (center) in the United Football League on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Global FC’s Dennis Villanueva (left) and OJ Clarino (right) scramble for the ball against Kaya FC’s Jovin Bedic (center) in the United Football League on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Global FC kept its unbeaten slate after escaping the late game outburst of Kaya FC, 3-2, in the United Football League Saturday night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.

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Despite conceding two goals late in the game, Global FC’s defense held their own towards the end of regulation to protect their territory and secure another win.

The men in blue took the first taste of the lead in the 13th minute as Kaya FC defender Audie Menzi accidentally tapped the ball into the back of his own net off a Misagh Bahadoran cross.

Not long after the opening goal, Global FC’s advantage was quickly doubled following Hikaru Mine­geshi’s conversion from deep to put their club up, 2-0, in the 17th minute.

Kaya did not back down from the challenge in spite of being down by two goals as winger Junior Munoz managed to slice down the deficit to a solitary margin, 2-1, four minutes before halftime.

After the break, Global continued its aggressive stance on the offensive end as Minegeshi copped his second tally of the day with a strike from the edge of the box in the 49th minute.

Both clubs engaged in a fierce exchange of blows throughout the remainder of the second half with Global FC dominating the attacking end with a series of raids.

However, Kaya FC managed to slip another goal through the defense of their foes in the 80th minute courtesy of the rebound conversion by striker Robert Lopez Mendy.

With momentum on their side, Kaya FC pushed hard for the equalizing goal to salvage a draw before the end of regulation with attempts coming from Louis Clark and Jovin Bedic but came home empty handed.

“The important thing is of course, now, widen that gap a little bit and we’ve done a double over Kaya this season,” team manager Leigh Manson said.

Global FC currently sits comfortably on top of the standings with a record of 12 wins and a draw with a seven-point gap on total points against provisional second seed Loyola Meralco Sparks FC.

“Overall I’m just proud and delighted. The players did what was asked from them and that is deliver three points at the end of the day, that is what matters,” concluded Manson.

Former UFL Cup champion Kaya FC is at the fifth spot of the rankings with eight wins and five losses for a total of 24 points.

The game between Stallion FC and JP Voltes FC ended in a scoreless draw despite exchanging a multitude of strikes in their 90-minute affair.

JP Voltes is seated at the fourth spot of the pack with nine wins, two draws and three losses while the Stallions are at the sixth with six victories, five draws and three defeats.

Meanwhile, the 2016 season of the country’s top football competition will enter a three-week break to give way to the September international friendly games of the national team.

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