Kaya pips Diliman 1-0
by rick olivares
October 9, 2012
Rizal Memorial Football Stadium
“Tinelevise pa yung massacre, no?” quipped Diliman’s Paolo Misa before kickoff.
After full time and the score only 1-nil, in favor of Kaya, the result definitely flattered Diliman that has had only one full practice or game when they made their debut just last week in the ongoing UFL Cup.
There was concern that stacked and loaded Kaya would pulverize Diliman that had lost much of their firepower to Pachanga. But Kaya although thoroughly dominating possession and attempts managed only one goal and it was off a broken play.
In the 42nd minute, Yannick Tuason spun and found himself with space deep in the left flank. He launched a perfect cross that was met in the air by Nate Burkey who headed the ball towards the goal. However, Diliman keeper Kim Versales, only returning to competitive play after a long lay off (he was the goal keeper coach of Pachanga for the entire last season), blocked the shot. A Diliman defender was unable to latch on the rebound and Kaya midfielder Jonah Romero came crashing in for a close range shot that this time was straight and true.
Kaya had would have numerous chances more but their inability to once more score proved to be of great concern. “The quality of the finishing or even the final pass needs a lot of polishing,” lamented head coach Kale Alvarez. “We are wasting too many chances.”
“If we cannot score then we will be in trouble against teams like Global or Loyola,” added midfielder Armand del Rosario.
How dominant was Kaya? Diliman’s first completed pass into their attacking half occurred in only the 31st minute. They would have one other four minutes later but for the most part, they launched forward passes or long balls that they couldn’t track down or even control.
They did threaten once on a counter where they managed to loft a cross inside the Kaya box that didn’t find anyone although it did prompt team management to howl their displeasure at the team’s inability to score more goals.
Not even the entry of Eric Dagroh whose speed upfront was welcome although he too was lacking in finishing quality.
“It’s a win,” sighed Alvarez. “We got the three points. But we still have a long way to go.”
And those three points saw Kaya take the leader position of Group B with seven points from three matches although Green Archers is at second with four points and a game at hand.
Kaya will return to action on October 21 when they play Dolphins United that took a 7-2 shellacking at the hands of Green Archers United in the second game. The 11-day layoff allows plays like Jason Sabio, Sean Illif, Eddie Mallari, and Kurt Alvarez to recuperate from injuries.