Jordan Mintah struck the match-winner as Kaya FC-Makati pulled off a hard-earned 2-1 win over Ilocos United FC to recapture the lead in the Philippines Football League (PFL) on Sunday at the University of Makati Football Stadium.
Locked at 1-1, with just a few minutes before the final whistle, Mintah scored off a setpiece to carry Kaya Makati to its eighth victory in 13 games with 26 points, restoring its pole position in the eight-club competition.
“We’ll take it (win) – No.1 in the league so far – we’re happy with the result,” said Kaya head coach Noel Marcaida.
The Makati-based booters also extended their winning streak to five in less than three weeks.
Ilocos United suffered its second straight defeat as it remained at the bottom with only three points to show from its 12 outings.
Robert Lopez Mendy played a one-two passing with Eric Giganto who then launched a low shot from close range, scoring the opening goal for Kaya in the 32nd minute.
The visitors leveled shortly after an hour with John Kanayama converting from the penalty spot following a hand ball violation called on Jalsor Soriano inside the box.
Mintah came to Kaya’s rescue as the Ghanaian striker stood on the right place at the right time to tap in the corner kick from Miguel Tanton in the 81st minute.
Meanwhile, Stallion Laguna FC shocked JPV Marikina FC anew with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
Just as when JPV Marikina seemed to finally get back to its winning ways with an early goal from Takashi Odawara, Swiss forward Gabrielle Mascazzini scored in the 87th and Jhan Melliza notched the other goal two minutes later to lead the Biñan booters to a stunning comeback.
Stallion Laguna posted its second straight victory—both against the Marikeños—in 13 matches to firm up its hold of No. 6 with 10 points.
JPV went on a four-game losing skid though it stayed No. 5 with 18 points on a 6-0-6 win-draw-loss record.