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Stallion bucks last-second scare, downs Kaya

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Balut Doctora's goal appeared to have sufficed for Stallion in their UFL clash with Kaya.

The three-time champs, however, made it interesting at the death.

The 2013 winners survived one final stand from the league's winningest franchise to escape with a 1-0 victory at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Sunday night.

Doctora displayed his veteran smarts in the 25th minute by beating Matt Acton and slotting what would be the only goal of the match.

However, Stallion only walked out of the woods after staving off Kaya's late push.

With about five seconds left in the game, Aly Borromeo almost spoiled Roland Sadia's clean sheet as the Kaya skipper's header went high past the Stallion keeper, but the ball hit the post and Robert Mendy's second serving took a deflection before the ball went straight to the goalie.

It was Stallion's first win of the league season, putting them back in the early title picture following two straight defeats.

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