KAYA FC sustained its status as arguably the best defensive team this early in the United Football League following a 4-0 shutout of Manila Jeepney on Saturday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The perennial title contenders kept a clean sheet for the third straight match behind a defense anchored by young goalkeeper Nick O’Donnell, to remain the only squad in the 10-team Division 1 standings not to concede a goal in the tournament.
Kaya clicked on both ends of the field as Joshua Beloya, Chris Greatwich, and subs Younousse Yaogo and Joven Bedic found the back of the net on the way to a third successive victory that hiked the Adam Reekie-coached team's point total to nine points.
Jeepney, on the other hand, stayed winless and without a point after three starts as the newly promoted side was left stuck in second to last place in the table.
Beloya, an Azkals training pool member, opened the scoring in the 27th minute, while national team mainstay Greatwich doubled the lead in the 67th with a strike off a feed from Louis Clark from the wing.
Yaogo wasted little time after coming in for Beloya in the 79th as the Ivorian midfielder struck just two minutes later, before Bedic did the same with a goal barely a minute gone by.
It turned from bad to worse for Jeepney as the squad went down to 10 men after Dexter Chio was sent off with a straight red card following an intentional hit on Kenshiro Daniels four minutes before stoppage time.