Kaya FC’s last group stage match was against Dolphins FC. After having draw Green Archers in the first match and beating Forz FC in the second match, Kaya was faced with a familiar situation. WIth a head to head tie with Archers in first place of the group, the standings within the Group B now relied on goal differentials and goals scored. Kaya’s difficulties in front of the net during the first 2 matches will certainly play a role in group standings as Green Archers have managed to rack up their goal differentials in the second game.
After having lost the League title to head to head and goal differentials, if Kaya wanted to remain in the top seed in the group, scoring lots of goals would have to be on their agenda for their Dolphins game. In order to off set and increase the gap between the Archers goal count, Kaya set out to score as many goals as possible to remain on top.
Although the match wasn’t was competitive in comparison to top teams in the league the pressure was on nonetheless. Kaya was playing against themselves in a battle to perform and execute practiced tactics and to really exercise what they have been working on. Goal scoring was the main focus.
After starting off extremely slow, with just a one nil lead at half time, the team really stepped it up to finish the match at 7-o. With this scoreline, goal differential between Kaya and first place group contender Green archers was only 2. Which meant the Archers need to beat Forza by a margin of 2 goals to take the top seed in the group. Archer ended up scoring 4 goals in their next match to bump Kaya down to the second slot.
After the completion of the group stage, Kaya FC is set to play epic rivals Global FC on November 6th at the University of Makati. Whether it is points gained or points lost within the group stages, playing fierce teams in the playoffs is inevitable. Kaya FC is slowly learning and tackling the goals of making every match count and having every detail contribute to their success. Might it be goals for and against or tactics and performance, Kaya takes on the challenges in hope to get one step closer in running for the UFL Cup title.