Kaya-Iloilo FC's Takumi Uesato went head to head against Muhammad Syahrul Sazali and the rest of Tampines Rovers in their AFC Cup match at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Kaya FC Iloilo
By Xy-Zha Cabanlong
MANILA - Tampines Rovers were able to hold Kaya-Iloilo FC to a 0-0 draw, Wednesday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
While the home side were able to start out strong in the match, creating chances after chances to try and draw first blood, Tampines were able to stand their ground and kept the hosts from finding the back of the net.
Michael Casas had a stellar performance in the entire game, dodging about three decent shots on target by the Singaporeans to keep a clean sheet.
The closest attempt made by Kaya to break the tie came in the 51st minute as their skipper, Jovin Bedic, found an opportunity to strike only to see the ball fall straight unto the hands of Tampines keeper, Muhammad Syazwan Buhari.
"Overall, I think, we controlled the game very well. We created chances, we were consistent, we maintained our [style of] football and I give credit to my players for doing that," says Tampines Head Coach Joshua Lee.
On the other hand, Kaya-Iloilo's Head Coach, Oliver Colina believes that his team were not able to maintain their stance in the first half and allowed Tampines to control the pace of the game in the second half, something that they would have to review and correct as part of their adjustment on their next match.
"We did well in the first half but we all know that football is not just first half. At the second half, Tampines were able to cope up with their game which made it difficult for us especially when we play in transition," Colina explained.
Tougher test ahead for Kaya as they are scheduled to face a familiar foe in PSM Makassar on March 10 in Indonesia.
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