Quick Thoughts on Kaya 2 Global 0
n Match of the heavyweights lived up to its billing, with chances created on both ends. Both teams play the passing possession game, which is a treat for neutral fans.
n First real test for Kaya FC, who has played Army, Green Archers and Manila Jeepney prior to this game.
n Global kick off a series of four tough games in 14 days with game vs. Kaya. Patrick Deyto, Misagh Bahadoran, Satoshi Otomo among the notable absentees.
n Kaya coach Adam Reekie: “We’re happy not to concede. If we’re not conceding, we’re not losing.”
n Reekie: “We’re very motivated; we want to prove a point vs. the bigger teams. The pressure is on Global, the have to prove that they are champions.”
n Reekie on the Ultras Kaya: “They are better than fans in the lower leagues in the UK. Hands down, they are the best supporters in the UFL.”
n Reekie on Ultras Kaya: “They are great motivation for the team. We hope to give something back to them.”
n Global should have at least one goal to its name going to the half-time break, with Izzo Elhabib showing composure in front of goal only to hit the post.
n Global was the better team in the first half, creating chances via crosses from the wings continually troubling Kaya defenders.
n Hikaru Minegishi in particular, was a threat on the left side, combining well with Daisuke Sato, in delivering crosses to Izzo and Hartmann in the middle.
n Coach Leigh Manson at the half: “Kaya will be the happier side with the 0-0 score line at half-time.”
n Both teams come out strong in the second half, with Global’s Izzo scoring a goal that was disallowed for offside. Again, television replays inconclusive, but looked like he was onside.
n Moments later, Kaya took their chance. Christian Ayew combining with Chris Greatwich on the right before delivering a cross to find an onrushing and unmarked Louis Clark for the header. 1-0 Kaya.
n After being shackled by Jerry Barbaso in the first half, Louis Clark came to life and snatched a second goal for Kaya with a fine effort in injury time, sending Coach Adam Reekie jumping for joy and the Ultras Kaya to delirium.
n What now Global? With Pahang FC looming on March 11, here’s the scenario:
Patrick Deyto is questionable for the AFC Cup match because of injury. With Roland Sadia ineligible, that will leave only Junjun Badelic and Felipe Tripulca as their options.
Misagh Bahadoran is unable to make the trip to Malaysia as well, due to injury.
Izzo Elhabib, Matthew Hartmann (a player they acquired primarily for the AFC Cup), Satoshi Otomo, Hiraku Minegishi, and Yu Hoshide are NOT in the AFC Cup roster.
Things are going from bad to worse for Global. You have to fear the worst in Malaysia in the AFC Cup.
The main question is: WHY aren’t the abovementioned names on the AFC Cup roster? Sources claim administrative issues are the cause, although if we are to be honest, it is a totally unacceptable reason given that Global and the PFF knew about the tournament months in advance.
n What now, Kaya?
Kaya belied claims that ‘they had an easier schedule’ and won against Global, even if they required a very, very big slice of luck to do so.
They passed the first test, and they will have to face another test in Ceres La Salle next week.
Game was stopped midway in the second half as the referee threw out some drunken spectators in the bleachers who were apparently heckling the linesman nearest to them.
This could probably be the first time spectators were ejected from the stands, but here’s another twist: said spectators are former and current UFL players.
A cat stepped on to the pitch as the game was winding down, prompting calls for the appearance of the ‘12th man’ from the commentary panel. Coach Adam Reekie was trying to douse water in a vain attempt to shoo it away.