KAYA Makati took its third win in the Philippines Football League after grinding out 1-0 victory over the struggling Stallion Laguna on Sunday at the University of Makati Field.
The hosts controlled majority of the first half, with Robert Lopez Mendy wreaking havoc and often testing Roland Sadia, only to be denied by the in-form Stallion keeper.
Sadia however, never had a chance against Marwin Angeles in the 40th minute.
Coming off a corner, Angeles beat everyone to the ball and after a brief moment of scrambling, sent the ball to the near post and right past Sadia for the goal which would turn out to be the decider of the match.
In the second half though, Stallion started to show up.
The 2013 UFL champions picked up the pace in the final 45 minutes, with their trademark speed on full display against the hosts.
None however were converted into goals as Fitch Arboleda struggled with his touch, wasting away several chances from inside the box.
Kaya remained at second place with 10 points, after three wins, a loss and a draw. Stallion on the other hand remained at the bottom with a solitary point in four games.
Atop the table is Meralco Manila with 12 points from four matches.
What was supposed to be a good win for Kaya also took a turn for the worse as midfielder Miguel Tanton was sent off in injury time after incurring two yellow cards in a span of two minutes.
Tanton got his first booking in the 90th minute for a rash challenge, the second for time wasting, leaving the door open for a Stallion comeback, which thankfully for Kaya, didn’t come.
It’s the third straight time a Kaya player got sent off, an alarming trend that shows its players’ inability to maintain composure.