Kaya and Global hurdled their semifinals opponents on Tuesday to book a finals date against each other on Saturday at the UFL’s Charity Cup in Rizal Memorial.
Kaya had a 4-3 lead after Saturday’s leg one versus Loyola, and with a 3-1 victory on Tuesday, cruised to a 7-4 aggregate win.
Thomas Taylor (pictured) scored his fourth goal of the tie just before the half off a through-ball from Christian Ayew. Eight minutes into the second half Dinho Mbata headed past Ric Padilla off a corner to make it 6-3 aggregate and pretty much put the tie out of reach. Mbata got a second fifteen minutes to go.
Freddy Gonzalez came in as a sub for Loyola and blasted in a late consolation off a superb Phil Younghusband pass. The Sparks were missing James Younghusband, who was unavailable, and FEU stars Arnel Amita and Paolo Bugas, who reportedly had exams in school.
Gonzalez said after the game that he preferred the new turf in Rizal Memorial to the turf in Emperador and even to the new turf in Jalan Besar in Singapore. “When you run on it it feels like nothing.”
In the second match of the evening UFL league champs Global overturned a 2-1 first leg deficit to reach the finals via a 3-0 second-leg triumph against Stallion.
Global leveled on aggregate four minutes before the half when Raul Martinez scored straight off an in-swinging corner. Patrick Delon Yao nodded it into the net but apparently the officials thought it had already crossed the line off the corner and credited the score to the Mexican.
On a wet and rainy evening that bedeviled both goalkeepers, it was Stallion’s goalie, Wilson Muñoz, who blundered in the second goal, fumbling a Mark Hartmann shot that ricocheted off him to Izzo Elhabbib, who blasted home to make it 2-0 on the evening.
Hartmann got on the scoresheet with ten minutes to go off a defensive lapse from the Stallion defense.
Global started youth player John Kanayama at left wing and he played very solidly. Mark Winhoffer and Marco Casambre also came on as subs after the match was beyond reach.
The final takes place on Saturday, 6:45 pm at Rizal Memorial. The winning team gets the P100,000 first prize that they can donate to their charity of choice.