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Resolute Kaya squeaks past plucky Voltes to get even

Louis Clark settled matters with a 16th minute penalty, as Kaya get even at Voltes earlier today. Czeasar Dancel/UFL

By Kevin Estrada

MANILA—Kaya squeaked past JP Voltes in an exciting encounter to end the first day of the second round early in the evening at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Louis Clark’s 16th minute penalty was the difference between them in a fairly-matched contest, as the three-time UFL champions ended the five-match winning run of their victims and got its revenge on them after they were upset by the former playoff winners last month.

Chris Greatwich’s men kept their nerve on the defensive end the rest of the way to prevent a repeat of last month’s meltdown for back-to-back wins to solidify their hold in fifth with 24 points, only a point behind Voltes in the table.

“I’m very happy with the three points. It is important that we close that gap. I think the pattern of the game was very similar to our first encounter with them. How we defended their set pieces was the difference today, which was the  reason why we get all three points,” the former Azkals hero commented after the match

Dan Padernal’s official debut went on a wrong foot, as they muffed several chances, especially at the restart to equalize and fell to fourth with the loss after Loyola routed Forza earlier to overtake them at third.

“The goal was unlucky for us, we have lots of attempts in the second half but for me, it was a good game but the result is not good for us,” the former Union manager said, added that all players must step up apart from striker Takumi Uesato who did not play today, in preparation for Wednesday's tussle with Green Archers United

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