Report: Kaya FC Makati 2-1 FC Meralco Manila - Philippines Football League
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Report: Kaya FC Makati 2-1 FC Meralco Manila

Eric Giganto could not have asked for a better moment after firing the winning goal late in the match to lift Kaya FC Makati past bitter rivals FC Meralco Manila, 2-1, last Saturday at the University of Makati Stadium.

A second half substitute, Giganto pounced on the winner in the 90th minute with a left footed strike to give Kaya their first win of the season over their neighbors. It also put reduced Meralco’s lead at the top of the table to just three points. However Kaya have played two more games over their rivals.

“When I came in, I just did my best and performed my game. A goal, a win, it’s such a nice feeling,” said match winner Eric Giganto after the match.

Jordan Mintah scored his 15th goal of the season in the 22nd minute. The forward was on the end of another clinical strike after Kenshiro Daniels provided the inviting cross.

Things escalated quickly near the half-hour mark. Miguel Tanton and Anto Gonzales had to be separated after a foul on the Kaya midfielder.

The altercation played in Meralco’s favor as Lee Jeongmin equalized in the 37th minute. The defender chested the ball down before firing a half-volley past Ref Cuaresma to settle the first half at 1-1.

The second half could have gone for either team. Tahj Minniecon almost won it for Meralco with an inch-perfect strike that went wide which paved way for Giganto’s winner in the 90th minute.

It was Kaya’s first win against their rivals in the PFL and coach Noel Marcaida highlighted the importance of the win.

“It’s a very important three points for us. We were looking forward to this point. We’re very happy to get the result,” said Marcaida. “This game was a test of consistency for both clubs. I think my players prevailed in this — we were more consistent, and that led to the three points.”

Despite the loss, Meralco coach Aris Caslib admitted that Kaya capitalized on their limited chances on goal.

“Kaya had less (chances), but it was quality in the end.” said Caslib. “We still have one more home match (vs Kaya) and we value our matches at home. We just need to take the last three points against them.”