KAYA FC regained the attacking prowess that had been missing in past games as it turned back Pasargad FC, 3-1, in a come-from-behind victory that got the squad back on the winning track in the United Football League on Thursday at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill.
Since scoring seven goals against Socceroo late January, Kaya has fired blanks in its last two games, until Thursday when the title contender found the scoring touch anew for its third win in five games that improved its point total to 10 points, five behind leader Loyola.
OJ Porteria shone brightest with a brace, while Kenshiro Daniels scored his first goal for the squad this season for Kaya, which kept Pasargad winless in five games with its fourth loss to remain at the bottom.
For a while, though, it seemed Kaya was headed for another disappointing result as it gave up an early goal to Hamed Fateh 39 minutes into the game.
But Kaya displayed resolve after the restart as Daniels scored the header off a Richard Greer free kick that equalized the count six minutes into the second half.
Underscoring his value for the squad, Porteria, in his first game from suspension, then turned the game around with a volley conversion in the 74th minute, before duplicating his effort seven minutes later.
“We made it difficult for us again, but the halftime talk was all about being patient and not to panic,” Kaya coach David Perkovic said. “It’s nice that we more clinical in the second half.”