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Kaya and Stallion stride closer to Football Alliance Cup Semis

Kaya FC goal scorer Emmanuel Mbata jogs casually along the Rizal Memorial pitch after scoring for Kaya. Mbata led Kaya FC to a lopsided 4-1 victory over Pachange PLDT Home Fibr
Kaya FC goal scorer Emmanuel Mbata jogs casually along the Rizal Memorial pitch after scoring for Kaya. Mbata led Kaya FC to a lopsided 4-1 victory over Pachange PLDT Home Fibr

There were to be no upsets on the opening day of the Football Alliance Cup, as the higher placed clubs grabbed the initiative at the new Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Kaya swept aside Pachanga PLDT Home Fibr, 4-1, in the first match, with Stallion Giligan’s following suit in the following game with a 2-0 victory over Green Archers United Globe.

The results gave the top seeded teams a major advantage heading into the second leg matches on Tuesday July 15.

Jovin Bedic started the four-goal outing for Kaya in only the sixth minute, with Emmanuel Mbata adding a second before half-time with a clinical finish from inside the box. Substitute Inigo Herrera, a product of the Kaya academy, replaced Mbata in the second period and chipped in with a goal, converting new addition Diego Barrera’s pass into the box.

Christian Ayew added the gloss to the scoreline, eight minutes from time. The only blemish in the outing was a 90th minute goal from Paolo Salenga, a strike that means Pachanga need to overcome a three-goal advantage in the second leg.

In the following match, Stallion leaned on a quick-fire double from Mario Clarino and newcomer Landry Nguene late in the first half to down a game Green Archers side. David Angelo Diamante and Robert Lopez Mendy came close to cutting into the lead before the final whistle, but both efforts went agonizingly wide.

The scores will carry over to the second leg, which will be held at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Tuesday, July 15.

Matches on Tuesday, July 15:

4:45 p.m. – Stallion Giligan’s versus Green Archers United Globe

8:15 p.m. – Pachanga PLDT Home Fibr versus Kaya FC

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