Sekou Sylla netted a last minute equalizer as Global Cebu FC and Kaya FC-Makati split the gains with a 2-2 draw in the Philippines Football League (PFL) on a sunless Sunday afternoon at the University of Makati Football Stadium.
Down by a goal one minute before injury time, Sylla sent the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Ref Cuaresma as Global Cebu regained the third spot with 14 points, one marker clear of Visayan rival Ceres Negros FC.
“What a game. At least at the end, we scored and leveled (the score),” said Global assistant coach Marjo Allado.
Kaya Makati head coach Noel Marcaida commended his wards’ performance although he rued their defensive breakdown on the last play.
“Only that split second of switching off caused that goal (by Sylla),” said Marcaida, whose team yielded its second stalemate at home as it remained No. 5 with 11 points.
Shu Sasaki slotted home the ball off a low cross from Sylla, giving Global the advantage in the 27th minute.
Kaya tied the scoreline at one goal apiece just a minute gone after the halftime as Jordan Mintah caught the Cebuanos’ defense napping and blasted his goal from a tight angle.
The match was temporarily suspended from the 73rd minute due to heavy rain and lightning.
On a wet pitch, Robert Lopez Mendy escaped the offside trap then beat goalkeeper Patrick Deyto to lift the home side ahead in the 89th minute.
However, in a surprising turn of events, Ghanian forward Sylla sprung on a loose ball inside the box before firing a low shot which rolled past the legs of goalkeeper Cuaresma.
Meanwhile, JPV Marikina FC’s bid to ascend to the top spot once again was cut short as its game against Davao Aguilas FC was postponed due to inclement weather at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
Satoshi Otomo struck his first goal for JPV Marikina in the third minute before the game was officially called off a few minutes going into the halftime.
With 18 points to their name, the Marikeños currently sit behind leading FC Meralco Manila while the Davaoeños remain No. 6 with four points.
JEREMIAH M. SEVILLA