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Voltes volts just in time, repulses Kaya in furious fightback

By Kevin Estrada

MANILA—JP Voltes pulled the biggest shock of the season, coming from a goal behind to snatch the win away from Kaya in a thrilling match to cap off the Saturday doubleheader at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Taking a page off the famous anime series, the biggest surprise of the season showed their fighting heart, pulling the rug in the closing moments of the match as they scored three goals in a span of five minutes for a 3-1 win.

With the shocking win which was their third straight, Yu Hoshide’s Voltes also vaulted to second in the table today with nineteen points, one more than idle Loyola and Ceres and only two behind unbeaten leaders Global.

“I shouted at them at halftime, and good thing they wake up and inspired us to win,” the former Global veteran quipped after the match.

With James Younghusband watching, both sides came from contrasting situations last Wednesday, as Voltes came from another come from behind triumph over Green Archers United, while Kaya saw their supposed fixture against Agila-MSA called off for bad weather.

However, the three-time UFL champions showed the way in a fairly contested encounter, as OJ Porteria calmly opened the scoring from the spot five minutes into the match after Robert Lopez-Mendy was fouled by JPV keeper Nelson Gasic.

“Dumikit siya sa akin, then he reacted,” Gasic commented on the early call made by referee Clifford Daypuyat.

From then on, Kaya dominated matters as they try to put the playoff winners of last season back into their place but they rue their missed chances as they went to the changing rooms 1-0 ahead at the half.

Those were pounced by Voltes at the restart as they created several opportunities, but Tadashi Odawara’s header in the 59th minute came closest, but it was denied by the post.

As the time ticked away, Voltes finally came back to life in the final nine minutes of the match, as Takumi Uesato leveled the match with a neatly placed header from their playing manager’s corner kick to set up the .

With momentum now swinging in their favor, Voltes shockingly took the lead four minutes after their equalizer, with Odawara beats Matt Acton on a counter and fired home from a tight angle.

Uesato then completed the improbable a minute after their marginal strike with an early contender for the goal of the season. From their own half, he launched a 50-yard long bomb that caught the Australian custodian by surprise and bounced into the empty net, sparking wildest celebrations from their supporters.

“Very happy,” an astonished Uesato said after the stunning strike.

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