FC Meralco Manila leaned on goals from Joaco Cañas and Phil Younghusband to beat Kaya Makati, 2-0, for its fifth straight win even as JPV Marikina pulled off the biggest upset of the Philippine Football League season so far last Saturday in Manila.
Cañas opened the scoring with a glancing header in the 43rd minute before Younghusband doubled the advantage from the spot in the 66th minute for the Sparks who climbed to 15 points, three clear of JPV.
The Marikina side stunned Ceres Negros, 2-1, thanks to goals from Takumi Uesato and former Ceres striker J Baguioro at Rizal Memorial Stadium.
A late striker from Bienve Maranon in the 83rd minute set the stage for a thrilling finish but JPV hung on to claim its fourth win in six matches.
Uesato opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Kota Kawase fouled the JPV striker inside the area. Baguioro tormented his old club with a 79th minute goal.
Kaya lost for the second time in six matches as it stayed at 10 points for third spot. Ceres remains sixth with four points.
In the battle dubbed as the Metro Manila derby, it was Aris Caslib’s men who got off to a bright start with their pressing game that put Kaya on the backfoot in the first half. The Sparks were rewarded with Cañas goal off a throw in.