by Joey Villar
MANILA, Philippines - Kaya FC leaned on Fil-Am midfielder Lexton Moy’s heroics as it turned back a tough Green Archers United, 2-1, for a share of the lead with Loyola Meralco Sparks in Division One of the United Football League at the University of Makati field last Sunday.
Moy drilled in two goals, including one on the 86th minute gave the LBC-backed Kaya its second straight win after a stunning 1-0 victory over reigning League and Cup champion Air Force Phoenix.
The Sparks, led by brothers James and Phil Younghusband, also tote six points.
“It’s a great feeling winning our first two games but it’s still too early to tell our chances. We just have to keep on working hard,” said Kaya’s locally based Spanish coach Juan Cutillas.
After a scoreless first half, Moy, who played school ball for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Long Island University Blackbirds, drew first blood with a goal on the 48th minute.
The Hans Smith-mentored Archers, who yielded a 2-3 decision to the Sparks in their opening game, fought their way back behind Arvin Gaspe’s goal on the 85th minute to tie the count.
But Moy, who also played pro ball in the Hong Kong First Division League for two seasons before joining the Azkals as a reserve and then Kaya as a regular last year, blasted in the marginal goal exactly a minute later.
Meanwhile, Air Force Phoenix hopes to bounce back from a heartbreaking setback to Kaya as it takes on Stallion Gilligan’s FC at 6 tonight at the University of Makati field.
Spearheaded by Azkals strikers Chieffy Caligdong and Ian Araneta, the Airmen are looking to get on the scoring board with a win against a Stallion Gilligan’s team, which routed Navy Red Juice, 6-0, in the most lopsided win in the tournament thus far.
Another win by the Stallions, who have three points, would keep them in step with Kaya and the Sparks.
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