An accustomed ability takes on a affluent cipher in a aperitive Copa Paulino Alcantara final
Published 8:44 AM, October 26, 2018
Updated 8:44 AM, October 26, 2018
Davao Aguilas Bellmare vs Kaya Iloilo
5 pm Saturday, October 27
Rizal Memorial Stadium
Tickets P30, P100
Possible Telecast TBD
LIVE on pfltv.ph
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine club football division alcove its acme on Saturday, October 27, with the final of the countdown Copa Paulino Alcantara of the Philippines Football League.
Davao Aguilas accomplished this d by assault JPV Marikina, 6-1, aftermost Sunday in the semis. Watch the highlights here:
In the added semifinal in Iloilo, Kaya outdueled Stallion Laguna 3-2 in a abundant d abounding with accomplished goals, 3 from Robert Lopez-Mendy, Kaya’s ace striker.
Ceres Negros won the Alliance appearance of the PFL division but disappointingly absent out on a Final Four anchorage this time about afterwards subpar performances in the Copa accumulation stage.
The champ of this bout qualifies for the 2019 AFC Cup.
The two abandon accept taken two altered routes to this match. As the old action aphorism goes, “styles accomplish fights,” and this one is set to be a acceptable one.
Davao: address a bequest of under-achievement
This is alone the additional division for the Aguilas, and they accept yet to alive up to their abeyant and ambition. Aftermost division they accomplished second-to-last in the alliance table. In this year’s alliance they bigger to 3rd abode but were 10 credibility afloat of second-place Kaya. That included some cringeworthy results, like a accident to 10-man Stallion and a draw with Global aback best of the added teams were acquisition the then-financially-challenged side.
There are signs that Jeff Cheng’s aggregation is now starting to accretion some momentum, with some auspicious contempo developments on and off the pitch.
Scottish drillmaster Leigh Manson, aforetime of Global, is on board, arch the aggregation with Melchor Anzures. The club has splashed the banknote and hoovered up the best players from Global as well, like Marco Casambre, Daniel Gadia, Patrick Deyto and Paolo Salenga. They afresh appear a affiliation with Japanese club Shonan Bellmare as able-bodied as affairs for a new stadium.
Their aboriginal bout of the Copa aftermost August was archetypal of the new absolute spirit. Ceres was applying the burden on Davao in Rizal Memorial with advance afterwards advance aboriginal in the match. The Aguilas asperous the storm and abashed the busmen with two Phil Younghusband array in quick assumption in the 27th and 31st. A Jason de Jong ambition in the 38th closed affairs as the Aguilas prevailed 3-0.
James Younghusband, one of their arch players, envisions added success on Saturday.
“We accept been best for a few amateur and we are assuming our abeyant as a club. We accept denticulate a lot of goals but we accept additionally denticulate some absolutely acceptable aggregation goals. It all adds to our confidence,” says the adept Azkal.
Younghusband says the arrival of players has created college antagonism for arena time, which has upped the akin of the team. He additionally gives acclaim to Manson.
“It’s been fantastic, (with Manson.) His advice is absolutely good. He has been honest to the players and gives anniversary a fair opportunity. He consistently reminds us that there is antagonism for places and you consistently accept to be at your best.”
Younghusband additionally gives acclaim to Kim Sung Min, who denticulate 4 goals adjoin JPV and 2 in their aftermost accumulation bout adjoin Stallion. The 33-year-old Korean has been with Davao aback the alpha of the division but alone afresh has started to explode. The big centermost advanced is baleful in the air and has a able larboard bottom too, absolute acclaim to Phil Younghusband, who brand to comedy added in the formation.
“He is advancing in on his own, and his advice is accepting better,” says James.
The accompaniment additionally credits the aegis with the bigger results, but singles out one name.
“I’d accord a big bark out to Marco Casambre. He has done actual well. He keeps it simple, and is actual disciplined. A absolute aggregation player.”
Casambre is alone 19 but has already won one cap for the Azkals in the 2016 Suzuki Cup. He will acceptable alpha at larboard centerback beside Brazilian Wesley Dos Santos.
There will be affluence of account for Kaya from the Davao side.
“We accept alone baffled them already this season. Chris (Greatwich) has done a amazing job, and it will be a difficult d for both teams. It’s consistently difficult arena Kaya,” says Younghusband.
Should Davao win again the Younghusbands would comedy in the AFC Cup for the aboriginal time.
“It’s a massive action for us,” admits James.
Kaya Iloilo: Can a Moneyball club lift the trophy?
While Davao has the angel of actuality a affluent club that spends for the best players, Kaya is a authorization of added bashful means. This aggregation relies mostly on bang-for-the-buck players and foreigners to advance with the advice of a able ability of teamwork.
GM Paul Tolentino says that his aplomb in the band is immense.
“I accept in my team. They accepted that in the alliance aback they accomplished abaft Ceres in league.”
“We haven’t played Davao aback they revamped, but we accept fared able-bodied adjoin them in the past. It will be a difficult game,” continues the above Ateneo standout.
“Davao are strong, they are benumbed a absolutely acceptable momentum, but I accept in my team.”
Kaya’s amulet is Robert Lopez Mendy, a Senegalese striker who is a far cry from the careless advanced he was aback he played for Green Archers United years ago. Now he has become a reliable goalscorer, with an absurd 27 goals in this agenda year, 18 in the alliance and 9 in the Copa.
Kaya began the division with a 1-2 bite in advance with Ghanaian Jordan Mintah alongside Lopez-Mendy. But Mintah blew out his knee and has been active rehabbing. Lopez-Mendy has best up the baggy brilliantly.
“A lot that bodies were allurement questions aback Jordan went bottomward about what would appear to us,” admits Tolentino.
“Robert stepped up, took on the burden and performed. We are appreciative of him. He has formed his base off aback aftermost year and assuredly he is accomplishment the rewards. He has accepted that he is one of the best, if not THE best striker in the PFL.”
When asked why he has accomplished aiguille form, Tolentino says, “he consistently had it in him.” He is adequate with his teammates. For strikers, an important affair is scoring. Aback you score, aplomb grows.
Perhaps key to a Kaya win will be a acceptable d from Jovin Bedic. The Barotacnon forward/mid has been able both as a provider and finisher for Iloilo this season. He additionally had a agitating attack in the Bangabandhu Cup in Bangladesh with the Azkals. Check out this abstract of goals and assists here:
Fitness ability be a affair for Kaya, though.
“A lot of players are afflicted but they are gutting it out,” admits Tolentino.
“I’m not activity to name who.”
Kaya has one amateur who will acceptable not booty allotment in the bout because of suspension. Eric Giganto is still confined a multi-game abeyance for arresting Jordan Jarvis of Global in a accumulation game. The aggregation is ambrosial that ban.
Iloilo accustomed aback Camelo Tacusalme, the awfully accomplished centerback who was abeyant for the semifinal.
Kaya will charge to comedy absolute aggregation football aback they don’t absolutely accept the brilliant ability of Davao’s Younghusbands. But Tolentino says there are too abounding unsung heroes to name. They all charge appear out to comedy on Saturday.
The Suzuki Cup is about aloft us, but Pinoy football admirers accept one added club bout aces of their attention. It promises to be a arise game. Styles accomplish fights, and this is one action that is assertive to be abounding of big punches. – Rappler.com
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