By Jonas Terrado
Kaya-Iloilo retained possession of top spot in Group H despite battling Singapore’s Tampines Rovers to a scoreless draw Wednesday night in the AFC Cup at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Finding the back of the net proved to be elusive for Kaya even as its goalkeeper Michael Casas produced a second straight clean sheet highlighted by dazzling save minutes before the second half injury time.
The result kept Kaya and Tampines on level terms at four points each, with the Philippines Football League side holding the tiebreaker on goal difference.
Both clubs are also a point clear of Indonesia’s PSM Makasaar which defeated Myanmar’s Shan United 3-1 in the group’s other match at the Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.
Shan United, which fell 2-0 to Kaya two weeks ago in Yangon, has yet to score a point in two matches.
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Kaya’s best chance to score came in the 28th minute but Jayson Panhay’s left-footed free kick several yards from the box curled wide right.
Mohana Madhu almost put the visitors ahead four minutes after the restart but Casas calmly batted the ball away.
Tampines striker Boris Kopitovic also had a chance to score the winner in the 86th but Casas made a leaping save to keep the score tied late in the second half.