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Mendiola holds Kaya FC to scoreless draw

Kenry Balobo
Young goalkeeper Kenry Balobo shone for Mendiola FC.

GOALKEEPER Kenry Balobo produced another outstanding performance as last-placed Mendiola FC held title contenders Kaya-Iloilo FC to a goalless draw yesterday in the Philippines Football League at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.

Never given a chance before the start of the match, Mendiola gave Kaya-Iloilo a glancing blow on its championship aspirations with a superb defensive effort to finally earn a point in the bubble.

That massive result opened the window for United City FC, which has nine points on top of the table, to clinch the league title with a win against Stallion-Laguna in the nightcap of another three-match fixture presented by Qatar Airways and sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board.

Posting its second consecutive draw, Kaya-Iloilo remained in second place with eight points with only UCFC left in its schedule.

Kaya-Iloilo patiently chased for a match-winner, but Balobo pulled off a series of spectacular saves in the second half.

The result was a huge morale boost for Mendiola FC after losing to UCFC, 0-6, and Azkals Development Team, 0-2.

I give credit to my boys because they gave their best today against a very good team like Kaya so I am very happy with the result of this match,” said Mendiola mentor Dan Padernal.

I really pressured my boys to do better because it would have been embarrassing if we lost our third straight match so we finally gave our opponents a good fight.

The 22-year-old Balobo, who was a late cut from the PH Under-22 squad that saw action in last year’s 30th Southeast Asian Games, once again raised his stock with an impressive display.

It was also Balabo who saved a penalty against ADT last Tuesday.

He is a hungry young lion who wants to prove himself out there in the (football) jungle,” said Padernal on Balobo.

Publication Source :    People's Tonight