MANILA – Kaya Iloilo ended its campaign in the 2018 Philippines Football League on a winning note.
Jovin Bedic came up with a game-winning goal for Kaya to escape with a 1-0 victory over Global Cebu during their match on Saturday.
The Ilonggo struck one over the defense of Global’s goalkeeper Louie Casas with just four minutes remaining at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Kaya finished the season on second place with 49 points on 15 wins, four draws and six losses while Global got stuck on last place with 5 points on one win, two draw and 20 losses.
Kaya had early chances on the goal early courtesy of Connor Tacagni, Arnel Amita Masanari Omura and Bedic but all their attempts were blocked by the tight defense of Casas.
The Iloilo-based team continued to attack the defense of Casas just before the halftime break with close-range attempts from Tacagni, Eric Giganto and Miguel Tanton, but could not find its way to the goal.
Global also had opportunities to score in the second half but Kaya’s reserve goalkeeper Zach Banzon was on point to block the shots. Kaya finally scored one in the 86th minute when Bedic caught Casas’ defense down.
“We are happy to end the league on a high note. I am also glad with the performance of our players, including those who rarely played. This is a good preparation for the Cup conference,” said Kaya head coach Noel Marcaida.
This was Kaya’s fourth win in five encounters with fellow Visayas squad Global this conference./PN