Kaya’s hopes of winning the United Football League were dented on Thursday after they were held to a 0-0 draw by defending champions Stallion FC at the Emperador Stadium.
Having seen Global claim a decisive four-point lead at the top of the table on Tuesday after coming from behind to beat second-played Loyola Meralco Sparks 2-1, David Perkovic’s charges were looking to claim all three points over Stallion and keep their title hopes firmly alive.
However, they were just unable to find the breakthrough as they missed a number of excellent chances.
Their best opportunity of the first half fell to Jovin Bedic but he was denied by a fine reaction save from Wilson Munoz, before Emmanuel Mbata could only fire back off the bar in the second half after a goal-mouth scramble inside the opposition area.
Right at the death, Chris Greatwich had an excellent chance to win it when he was found unmarked inside the box by Pablo Rodriguez’s layoff, but the Philippines international was unable to keep his header on target.
To add to Kaya’s miserable evening, they finished the game with ten men after OJ Porteria was sent off in injury-time for an altercation with Matthew Nierras, who was also issued his marching orders.
In Thursday’s earlier kickoff, Team Socceroo took one step closer to preserving their top-flight status with a 2-0 win over Philippine Army GTI, moving seven points clear of bottom side Pasargad in the process.
Following a goalless first half, Park Yi-young fired Socceroo ahead six minutes after the hour mark, before Cleopas Beleu-Ebi Timi added a second in injury-time to wrap up the three points.
Thursday’s United Football League Results
Team Socceroo 2-0 Philippine Army GTI
Stallion FC 0-0 Kaya