Saturday, June 23, 2012

UFL race now down to Kaya and Global

(Here's the draft of my report for Sun.Star Cebu on June 24)
THE race for the United Football League title is now reduced to two teams after Global FC's emphatic 4-0 win over the Philippine Air Force yesterday.

THe win puts Global back on top with 41 points, two points ahead of Kaya FC.  The Loyola Meralco Sparks is third with 36 points and the Phil and James Younghusband led team was hoping for a draw between Air Force and Global--or even an Air Force win--to remain in contention.

All three teams have a game at hand and Kaya, which will face Stallions on June 26, can win the crown if it beats the Stallions and Loyola beats Global, also on June 26.

Even if Kaya beats the Stallions, Global will only need a draw against Loyola to finish tied with Kaya at 42 points but with a healthier goal difference at 32 to Kaya's 12.

In yesterday's game, Global's Alex Obiang put the Dan Palami owned squad ahead in the 11th and Izo Elhabbib doubled the lead 13 minutes later, which stood until half-time.

Elhabbib got his second goal--and his 13th for the season--with another header in the 61st minute, before newly-signed Patrick Reichelt made it 4-0 with a strike inside the box in the 72nd.

Meanwhile, the Cebu Queen City United will close out its campaign against Agila FC in the second division, hoping to earn some measure of vengeance against the team that beat them in the first round.

Queen City is safely at third place with 46 points, 10 behind Diliman.  Pachanga is the second-division champion with 61 and is set to be promoted to the first division next year. 

The Philippine Navy, which finished dead last with only four points, will be relegated to the second division.

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