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Kaya-Iloilo, Nomads Braves collide in 7's FL women's final

Kaya-Iloilo looks to add another silverware to its now successful women's program. AIA 7's Football League
By Dugout Philippines

TAGUIG--After over three months of intense seven-a-side football action, the AIA 7s Football League is nearing its heart-stopping conclusion.

Kaya FC and Nomads Braves will face each other in a winner-take-all affair for the women's championship at the McKinley Hill Stadium this coming Sunday, November 20 at 6 p.m.

Kaya finished the elimination round with a 6-1 record; good for first though tied with Azzurri Verde on account of goal difference. Their only blemish was the loss to Manila Nomads Braves. In the playoffs, Kaya skewered Maharlika Manila, 13-0, then ousted Manila Nomads, 3-1.

Nomads Braves, on the other hand, placed third with a 5-2 slate.

In the playoffs, they knocked out Azzurri SC-C, 5-2, on aggregate after which they stunned Azzurri Verde, 1-nil, to set up the finals clash with Kaya.

Over at men’s division one football, undefeated Sino FC (10-0) will go up against the upset-conscious Rangers Philippines.

Sino defeated Spoly FC, 6-3, but this match saw the undefeated side allow the most goals this season. 

After the elimination round wherein Sino FC was 9-0 with 26 goals for and only nine goals against (the only squad in the league below double digits). 

Rangers, on the other hand, pulled off a stunning upset in their 7-nil thrashing of suddenly off-target Middle Beast. 

Although both teams weren’t too far apart from one another in the standings with Middle Beast in fourth (6-0-3, 25 goals-for, 21 goals against) and Rangers in fifth (5-0-04, 24 goals for and 13 goals against), it was the manner of the win that was surprising.

The other men’s semifinals match pits defending champions Manila Digger against the Manila Stars.

Manila Digger had a more difficult time as they slipped past a Maharlika Manila side that was full of fight, 3-2. 

The big surprise of the quarterfinals was Manila Stars’ 4-2 upset of erstwhile men’s division one leader, Manhur Fatima, 4-2.

Manhur Fatima was running second to Sino FC all season long but lost steam late in the elimination round which allowed Manila Digger to boogie up to the second spot.

The semifinals of the AIA 7s Men’s Division One football will be held on Sunday, November 20 at 7 p.m.

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