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Kaya stays in hunt for second with 4-1 beating of Jeepney

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--With many UFL fans already saying that Ceres has already won the championship despite having to at least get a draw in either of its last three matches, the race for second place continues to heat up.

Kaya made it even wilder.

Kaya bludgeoned Manila Jeepney, 4-1, to stay in step with idle Global for the runner-up finish in a stormy Wednesday night affair at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Despite goalkeeper Nick O'Donnell conceding Nicolas Ferrer's opening strike in the sixth minute, his teammates went on a tear later in the match.

Tishan Hanley equalized in the 19th minute, while Jovin Bedic put Kaya up for good three minutes later.

The scoring continued for Kaya in the second half as Christian Ayew connected on a 53rd minute attack, while Diego Barrera capped the win with his conversion in the 69th minute.

The victory pushed Kaya to a tie with Global points-wise with 28 points, although the latter remains second on goal difference.

Jeepney, on the other hand, got a big blow for its next assignment as Nano Amita got ejected after resenting to a call by the referee on a hard foul on Jorge Butron with a few seconds left in the game.