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    Kaya solidifies lead in UFL Cup Group B

    Oct 9, 2012
    Nate Burkey of Kaya and Jan Michael Benidicto of Diliman FC battle for the ball in first half action. Jerome Ascano

    WITH its offense leaving much to be desired, Kaya turned to its renowned defense to turn back Diliman, 1-0, on Tuesday night in the United Football League Cup at The Rizal Memorial Stadium.

    Kaya got a first-half goal from Jonah Romero but failed to build on it and settled for the close victory that nevertheless hiked its point total to seven points and solidified its lead in Group B.

    “I just saw an opportunity to score. But it’s not one of our best performances. We have to pick it up,” said the 24-year-old Romero, a member of Guam’s national team.

    Kaya defender Anton del Rosario echoed the sentiment, saying the team continues to struggle to find its offensive form practicing on a basketball court at North Forbes, their makeshift training facility while the club’s usual training ground the Turf in Bonifacio Global City is being renovated.

    “We’ve been struggling offensively. It’s hard to train on a basketball court especially our attacking game. We have to work on it,” said Del Rosario, who at times tried to take matters into his own hands in the second half to try and double the lead.

    Diliman, which found Kaya’s defense impenetrable, suffered its first loss of the tournament and remained with one point.

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    Nate Burkey of Kaya and Jan Michael Benidicto of Diliman FC battle for the ball in first half action. Jerome Ascano
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