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    Ceres-La Salle dethrones 10-man Kaya in penalty shootout to set up UFL Cup final vs Global

    Apr 6, 2016
    Adrian Gallardo slots in a goal for Ceres-La Salle. Jaime Campos

    CERES-LA Salle needed a penalty shootout to dethrone Kaya FC, 8-7, on Wednesday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium to arrange a final showdown with Global FC in the United Football League Cup.

    Goalkeeper Michael Casas saved two spot kicks, including a retake, by Woody Ugarte, before Juani Guirado struck the marginal goal in the shootout as the Busmen survived a Kaya side that fought back from a goal down even after going a man down in the second half.

    Ceres set up a date in the final with Global, which shut out Stallion FC, 2-0, in their Final Four matchup earlier.

    “In these types of games, whoever wants it more, wins,” Ceres coach Ali Go said. “And in the shootout, it was just fifty-fifty.”

    “Kudos to Kaya,” he added.

    In a rematch of last year’s Cup final, Ceres took a 3-2 lead at the half as Carli de Murga, Patrick Reichelt, and Adrian Gallardo found the net.

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    But the Busmen squandered the cushion despite Kaya going a man down in the 61st minute when Jovin Bedic was sent off after picking up a second yellow card, with Louis Clark firing the equalizing goal 12 minutes after coming in the 58th.

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    The match went back and forth until the final buzzer of extra time as the match headed into penalty shootout.

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    Adrian Gallardo slots in a goal for Ceres-La Salle. Jaime Campos
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