Kaya-Iloilo routs Home United in Panaad debut
On their home debut in this year’s AFC Cup, Kaya-Iloilo were made to feel at home at Panaad after they took down Singapore’s Home United hard with a 5-0 mauling in Bacolod City.
Amidst the sweltering, 33-degree heat in Bacolod, the Copa Paulino Alcantara holders got off to their flying start and never looked back to snap their run of four matches without a win, their first since blanking Balestier Khalsa away three years ago for their first win of the campaign.
Kaya displayed their lethal attack despite giving up most of the possession and their aerial duels, taking 12 more shots than Home and were more on target, scoring all but two in their shots that were directed at the goalframe.
Darryl Roberts and Alfred Osei scared off the defence of the reigning ASEAN Zone champs by bagging a brace in both halves in an almost perfect day for Noel Marcaida, who got his first win in the continental stage by sending a message to their group rivals by their effortless game.
Louie Casas had a perfect homecoming in the City of Smiles with his first-ever clean sheet for Kaya, ending a three-year wait to get it since he kept his last one for Ceres Negros in the same scoreline vs Bangladesh’s Sheikh Jamal Dhandmondi.
“We have created those chances. The players [are] just being clinical and they were able to take advantage of the opportunities,” Marcaida said after the rout. “I think it’s the desire of the players. They really wanted to win the game and they really wanted to score more.”
The Trinidadian got his pair with Jovin Bedic’s 33rd minute effort snuck in between his strikes, with the former Global Cebu man got the match going just less than two minutes in with his header from a Marwin Angeles corner, the second fastest goal for the Filipino club.
Skipper Bedic then doubled their lead after Roberts turned provider by converting on his ball with his right-footed shot past a helpless Haikal Hasnol, with the new signing put them almost home and hosed eight minutes before half-time with his timely shot with his left foot.
The second half went to the veteran Ghanaian midfielder by firing in a six-minute double to condemn the Protectors to their worst defeat since North Korea’s April 25 hit them for nine last season.
Osei’s first was a rebound from Jordan Mintah’s initial effort, firing the ball into the roof of the net just eight yards out four minutes after the restart.
As if the close-ranged rocket was not enough, Osei volleyed home from just outside of the box in the 55th minute, with his right-footed shot went low and into the near bottom left corner that left Hasnol no chance. (Kevin Estrada)
Kaya-Iloilo: Casas (GK), Matas (Felongco 73′), Omura, Tacusalme, Soriano, Bedic (C), Angeles (Amita 84′), Osei, Mintah, Tacagni (Tuason 82′), Roberts
Home United: Hasnol (GK), Jantan (Hafiz Nor 55′), Qaiyyim, Aqhari (Rifqi 64′), Cernak, Hameed, Shafiq (C), Roslan, Ishak (Suhaimi 80′), Wai Loon, Swandi