Kaya shock Ceres to win UFL Cup

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Ceres-La Salle came into the fixture as favorites after only having lost just twice in the entire domestic season, but it was clear that Kaya came in with an upset in mind.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Ceres-La Salle may have won the league, but it fell short of winning the double after falling to Kaya in the United Football League (UFL) Cup Final, 4-2 after a penalty shootout, at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Friday (August 28).

League champions Ceres-La Salle came into the fixture as favorites after only having lost just twice in the entire domestic season, but it was clear that Kaya came in with an upset in mind.

In the first half, both sides had clear chances to open the scoring but failed to put the ball at the back of the net.

But with one minute of added time to be played in the first half, Kaya broke away through through OJ Porteria then to Diego Barrera, who duly served up the ball for Tishan Hanley to break the deadlock, 1-0.

Ceres started out strong in the second half as they fought to restore parity to the scoreline, but it was Kaya who struck first again in the second half.

In the 56th minute, Kaya’s Diego Barrera whipped in an unstoppable ball onto the crossbar and into the net to double their advantage at 2-0.

Unfortunately for the men in yellow, things would get worse from there.

Ceres finally woke up after Lee Jeong Woo took one back for the Bacolod-based squad in the 63rd minute to make it 2-1. Just six minutes later Kaya’s Chris Greatwich was shown his marching orders for a second bookable offense, leaving his side with only 10 men.

The busmen would make that advantage count in the 73rd minute after Juani Guirado headed in a lofted Martin Steuble free kick past the keeper to make it 2-2.

The game moved on to extra time, but no team could find that decisive goal and avoid the dreaded penalty shootout.

In the end, it was Kaya who had the cooler head as keeper Nick O’Donnell saved two penalty attempts on the way to a 4-2 victory.

 

The UFL Cup triumph books Kaya a ticket to the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup as one of two club representatives from the Philippines.

Ceres-La Salle will be the other representative as a result of their victory in the UFL League.