Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Kaya wins in Perkovic’s debut as Army implodes

Kaya wins in Perkovic’s debut as Army implodes
by rick olivares

David Perkovic got his first win with his new club after one practice and in his first coaching stint abroad. And the ending made it every bit more memorable.

Kaya, in need of a big win, broke out in a big way with a 3-0 win over Army with goals coming from the rejuvenated Sean Illif, OJ Porteria, and super sub Janrick Soriano.

Soriano’s goal was in the 90th minute and maybe that should have been the last thing on anyone’s mind but Army’s Rodrigo Betita and the coaching staff were enraged about an apparent missed call offside call on the Kaya player by linesman Ronald Yurag.

Betita kicked the ball towards Yurag and referee Ariel Montaña issued him a yellow card. Not content with his actions, Betita rushed towards Yurag and kicked him in the leg earning him a red card.

Montaña, with the outcome beyond reach despite there being four minutes of added time, whistled the match to an end to prevent tempers from escalating. “Wow, I am shocked,” remarked Perkovic who planed in last Saturday and was able to scout Army in their match with Green Archers United that ended in a 1-1 draw. Added Perkovic about Army: “They are good when they want to be because they have skill but when they begin to play physical they lose their focus.”

Ironically, it was Army that threatened to score early on. In their past three matches, their football took precedence over the rough play for which they are also known for. Army coach Sgt. Ricky Cain put five attackers up front that kept Kaya’s defense busy. Meliton Pelayo, Luisito Brilliantes and Roel Gener had shots at Kaya’s goal but keeper Saba Garmaroudi was up to the task including an acrobatic tip off a bending shot by Gener from 30 yards out.

Both sides traded counter attacks however neither team looked like they were in control. However, a miscue between Army midfielder Boogie Margarse and the defenders saw Kaya forward Eric Dagroh latch on to the ball. Dagroh was able to send a cross from the deep right corner that Illif headed in for a goal in the 44th minute.

The game threatened to get rough in the first half after a tackle by OJ Porteria on Army midfielder Ricardo Becite that saw the solider carried off on a stretcher. Becite would return but a couple of more fouls threatened to turn what was a well-played match into another donnybrook. Mercifully, the first half ended without further incident.

At the half, Perkovic took off midfielder Anton Ugarte for defender Nico Bolzico. Having another tall and rangy defender in Bolzico allowed Perkovic to move Dario Dakic forward a tactic that put more pressure on Army as Kaya had better chances on winning high balls and headers. Perkovic also reminded his players to make better decisions with the ball and their passing.

The adjustments worked but it was another lapse in concentration that led to Army’s undoing.

In the 63rd minute, Brilliantes got in the way of Becite who had the ball just in their attacking half. Forward Alu Kigbu pilfered the ball from Brilliantes then dashed forward unchallenged until the final third. Drawing the defense towards him, Kigbu found Porteria who finished off the pass with Kaya’s second goal in the 63rd minute.

It was a huge goal and a backbreaker. Unfortunately, it also sent the match spiraling downward.

In a later attempt, Brilliantes fell down on Garmaroudi who kicked out at the Army man. Sgt. Cain and the rest of the coaching staff felt that Brilliantes fall was unintentional and demanded a caution on the Kaya keeper.

At one point Pelayo looked to get a long ball where he threatened to go one-on-one with Garmaroudi. But he was whistled for being offside. An incensed Army coaching staff harangued the referee earning a warning.

Then came Soriano’s goal. Soriano, who played with title winning teams in his two seasons in the UFL (Global in 2011 and Pachanga in 2012), scored off a longball where he fired away from a diving Sacapaño. Army felt Soriano was offside and argued vociferously.

“It’s a shame the match ended that way,” said Perkovic after the final whistle. “I think Kaya played well and of course we can only get better. It’s a process of adjustment and learning. The end shouldn’t take away from the efforts of the boys.”

The win saw Kaya even up its slate to 2-2-2 while Army dropped to 0-1-5.


Additional reading: Perkovic is Kaya's new coach

1 comment:

  1. Sobrang rough talaga maglaro ang AFP teams.