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    Kaya gives Australian mentor rousing debut

    Mar 12, 2013
    OJ Porteria scored one of Kaya FC's three goals as the team blanked Philippine Army FC. Jerome Ascano/File Photo

    KAYA FC gave new coach David Perkovic a rousing debut as it whipped Philippine Army, 3-0, on Tuesday to move in the upper half of the standings in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.

    Sean Iliff, OJ Porteria, and Janrick Soriano emerged the goal scorers for the 2012 League runners-up, who vaulted ahead of Pachanga-Diliman in fifth place with eight points in six games.

    The Troopers, fresh from a draw with Green Archers United last Saturday, lost for the fifth time in seven games and remained in ninth spot.

    The victory also rewarded Chris Greatwich’s work as temporary head coach for nearly a month or since Maor Rozen’s abrupt resignation.  

    “Chris has been doing a fantastic job of taking session while they were being coach-less, so to speak, so I can’t take all the credit for today’s victory,” said the 31-year-old Perkovic, who got the job with the help of center-back Masa Omura. “We’ve all been working hard.”

    “He’s only had a couple of days to work with the team so pretty much he was going on what we’ve done in previous weeks,” Greatwich said. “Hopefully he can instill his system and style of play and we can hit the ground running next week.”

    Iliff, who scored in the 1-1 draw against Loyola Meralco last week, found the back of the net anew when he drew first blood off an Alu Kigbu cross two minutes before first-half stoppage time.

    Porteria then doubled the lead with a strike in the 63rd minute, before Soriano, who came in the 77th minute for Kigbu, added insult to injury by scoring right before stoppage time, further cementing his status as the league’s top scorer off the bench.

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    “I thought our first half was scrappy. We couldn’t combine well. There was no flow to our football. We lacked structure and shape so Army was the better of the two sides even though we were leading in the first half,” Perkovic said.

    “We made a change in halftime to try and get a little bit more balance and I think that was the start of us dominating the second half,” the Australian mentor added. 

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    OJ Porteria scored one of Kaya FC's three goals as the team blanked Philippine Army FC. Jerome Ascano/File Photo
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