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Makati, Cebu settle for draw after late drama



The two scheduled PFL matches on Sunday literally got wet and wild as the stormy weather in Metro Manila forced stoppages in play.

Both games had contrasting fates as the weather became clearer.

The showdown between JPV Marikina and Davao was called off as the Rizal Memorial Stadium, once again being used as the former's temporary home, was deemed unfit for continuation of play following the heavy rains.

Marikina was ahead, 1-0, on a third minute strike from the debuting Satoshi Otomo when the heavy downpour began midway into the second half. The said match will be replayed at a later date.

But at the University of Makati Athletic Field in Makati, the clash between Kaya Makati and Global Cebu pushed through, and the match delivered a dramatic finish.

Makati was on its way to seal the comeback win as Robert Mendy struck an 89th minute goal that broke a 1-all deadlock.

Sekou Sylla, however, salvaged a point for Cebu as he took the goal back a minute later.

Makati had a chance to steal the home win at the death following a loose ball scramble, but the rock ended up at the hands of Cebu goalie Patrick Deyto.

Shu Sasaki struck first for Cebu with a 27th minute goal, but Jordan Mintah equalized for Makati right at the start of the second half, leading to the endgame drama.

The draw moved Cebu up to third place with 14 points after eight matches.

Makati failed to force a three-way logjam with Cebu and idle Negros for third on points but remained in fifth with 11 points.

Ivan Saldajeno/PNA  

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