Voltes climbs to 2nd; Stallion stuns Kaya

JP Voltes bounced back with an emphatic 7-1 victory over Forza Sunday, even as Stallion collected its first win of the campaign in the 2016 United Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Negros-born winger J Baguioro and Japanese striker Takumi Uesato scored three goals each as Voltes took the fight out of Forza early to cruise to its third win in four matches.

The victory allowed Voltes to vault to second spot in the table behind Global, which remains perfect with 12 points from four matches.

Forza which opened the tournament with a draw against Green Archers is stuck with a point from its first two games.

Stallion relied on an early strike from Balot Doctora to stun Kaya, 1-0, and end its two-game winless start to the campaign, while Green Archers climbed to third spot with a walkover victory over Laos.

Doctora rounded out Kaya keeper Matthew Acton in the 25th minute in what turned out to be the only goal of the thrilling encounter.

Stallion needed a tough defensive stand in the second half as Kaya piled up the pressure. Goalkeeper Roland Sadia was in fine form, saving an effort from Kenshiro Daniels as well as Robert Lopez Mendy late in the match.

Stallion centerback Josh Grommen boosted his stock with a solid performance at central defense in the absence of Sam Bonney.

Kaya which is coming off a trip from the Maldives for the AFC Cup match against New Radiant last Tuesday hasn’t played in the UFL since opening the season with an 8-2 drubbing of Laos last April 30. Coach Chris Greatwich also missed OJ Porteria was surprisingly left out of the squad, while Alfred Osei who was recovering from surgery also did not play.

On-loan from Ceres-La Salle, Baguioro scored on a brilliant individual effort in the 13th minute for the opener, before sparking a six-goal barrage to end the first half starting with his 38th-minute strike. Baguioro collected his third goal in the 43rd minute.

Uesato grabbed two goals in a space of two minutes, before getting his hat trick in the fourth minute of first half stoppage time. Kevin Skinker also got on the scoresheet, directing a cross from the right to the bottom corner.

Hayato Aoki pulled a goal back for Forza in a second half, where Voltes dominated, but couldn’t finish off numerous chances.