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Late surge helps Stallion shock Kaya

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--In the 61st minute of a Sunday night UFL match, Blanchard Belinga checked in for Milan Arends just before their club was about to take a free kick.

Seconds later, Belinga was tasked to take the free kick. The low shot went in to the surprise of the crowd. Stallion fans celebrated shortly after the shocking goal.

Belinga's free kick sparked a late second half attack that pushed Stallion to a 3-0 win over erstwhile leader Kaya.

Stallion's efficient offensive that started early into the first half bore fruit as Belinga converted the free kick, which he sneaked past Kaya's wall before getting past Nick O'Donnell.

Kaya, playing for the first time without former coach Adam Reekie, lost steam after the Belinga goal, and added to the frustration was the red card on Jorge Butron in the 71st minute.

Stallion added more woes as Simone Rota converted an 89th minute penalty after a handball call on Alfred Osei and Balut Doctora found himself free from the left to score the club's third goal.

Kaya failed to regain the leadership from Ceres, which won the night before against Loyola.

Stallion, on the other hand, moved up to fourth place again while able to force a three-way tie for second on points.