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Shutout for Kaya in Smart club championship

KAYA kicked off the Smart Club Championships with a 5-0 thrashing of overmatched M’Lang Football Club at the South Cotobato Sports Complex in Koronodal, South Cotobato, on Wednesday.

Former Azkal Nate Burkey opened scoring when he collected a cross from Eric Dagroh, which he booted past the M’Lang ’keeper in the second minute.

Just when it seemed that M’Lang had settled down, Dagroh was brought down inside the box for a penalty. Burkey converted the spot kick to double Kaya’s lead.

Three minutes later, national Chris Greatwich, making his debut in Philippine club football, finished off a cross by Eddie Mallari to make it 3-0 for Kaya, a lead they nursed all the way to the halftime break.

Guamanian midfielder Jonah Romero had an opportunity to add to Kaya’s lead but his penalty shot was saved. Filipino-Swede midfielder Dario Dakic finally made good on that promise to make it 4-0 for Kaya.

The ignominious day for the hometown squad ended with an own goal by defender Daryll Bantayan in the 85th minute to close out scoring.

In the inaugural edition of the nationwide club championships, current United Football League (UFL) champion Global, then competing as Teknika, came away with the title after a 3-2 aggregate win.

Sixteen teams from all over the country are competing in this year’s championship where every match is a knockout affair.

On Saturday UFL Cup revelation General Trias locks horns with Baguio FC at 3 p.m. at the Benguet State University, while Romgarjal takes on the Chieffy Caligdong-powered Green Archers United at 3 p.m. at the Rizal Memorial State University Field in Dapitan City.

Over in Cebu also on Saturday, Queen City United battles Pachanga at 3 p.m. at the Aboitiz Field and new club Flame United takes on Loyola at 4 p.m. at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. Global will play the Nomads at 6:30 p.m.









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