Tanton comes in the nick of time as Kaya shatters Ceres' title defence

Miguel Tanton became the light Kaya needed in a match that ended in sublime darkness

By Kevin Estrada

MANILA-- There was an old adage that out of the darkness comes the light.

That is how Miguel Tanton was described, after giving Kaya a well deserved revenge on reigning champions Ceres early Saturday evening at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The midfield dynamo for Chris Greatwich slotted home the last-gasp winner in added time to make a massive dent on the Busmen's title defence, while getting their revenge on a five-goal beatdown on them last July 10 in the process, as they tightened their grasp in fifth place with 28 points, just only three behind bitter rivals Loyola.

Adrian and the rest of Risto Vidakovic's men will left to rue their missed chances in this tight affair despite holding 55% of the possession, which may see their defence of the crown all but slipping away after this setback, just their third overall this season.

The color and the exciting nature of this encounter was very evident in the numbers after the match, in which a total of 24 fouls where whistled by Clifford Daypuyat for both sides as they ended it on a 10-on-9 after three dismissals were carried out for their rough play.

Both teams had made four changes from their first-round encounter, with Ceres getting the biggest shake-up by putting Eduard Sacapaño in place of first-choice Louie Casas and Valentine Kama inserted in the heart of their backline. Kaya have also made their adjustments, by putting in Audie Menzi in central defence and Eric Giganto favored over Robert Lopez-Mendy in the front line.

The match started like fireworks blazing, as they do not need to warm and they they went straight to the goalframe with their attempts getting cleared by their backline.

Disaster struck for Ceres just 12 minutes in, as Kama gets tossed under controversial circumstances when he fouled Jovin Bedic hard in the right wing.

Kaya had few chances in the opening salvo, but they came closest 20 minutes after Kama's dismissal, with Junior Muñoz skied his open header over the crossbar.

Ironically, Kaya were also reduced to 10 men five minutes before the interval, when Shirmar Felongco got his dishonorable discharge after a brutal foul on Bienvenido Marañon as both sides failed to find the back of the net when Daypuyat whistled for halftime.

Second half was a carbon-copy of the first as both sides had their fair share of misses have kept their supporters in their edge of their seats.

But just as the match looked dead set for a goalless stalemate in the midst of darkness that hover over Rizal Memorial, Tanton became the shining light Kaya desperately needed, as he finally snagged the winner deep into added time from close range that sent their fanatical Ultras into hysteria. The winner came at a price, with the midfielder duly dismissed for taking off his shirt for the second bookable offence which did not matter as they finally won their first ever league match against the Busmen on the fourth time of asking.

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