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Kaya, Ceres favored in Copa Paulino Alcantara semis

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By Jonas Terrado

Games Sunday

(Binan Football Stadium, Laguna)

4 p.m. — Ceres vs Stallion

(Aboitiz Pitch, Lipa City)

4 p.m. — Kaya vs Mendiola

Defending champion Kaya-Iloilo and Philippines Football League titleholder Ceres-Negros to beat their respective foes and forge a title duel in the semifinals of the Copa Paulino Alcantara.

Jayson Panhay, right, looks to play a key role in Kaya-Iloilo's bid for a second straight Copa Paulino Alcantara Final. (Photo from Kaya FC)

Jayson Panhay, right, looks to play a key role in Kaya-Iloilo’s bid for a second straight Copa Paulino Alcantara Final. (Photo from Kaya FC)

Kaya looks to end the dream run of Mendiola FC 1991 at the Aboitiz Pitch in Lipa City, Batangas while Ceres battles Stallion-Laguna at the latter’s home pitch in Binan.

The two matches will be held simultaneously at 4 p.m.

Kaya is bracing for a tough matchup with Mendiola, which finished second in Group A after eliminating the national U-22 team with a 2-2 draw last Wednesday.

After placing just sixth in the PFL, Mendiola is aiming to dethrone Kaya and claim an unexpected berth in the Final set Nov. 16 behind top striker Jim Ashley Flores.

Meanwhile, Ceres continues its quest to complete the first league and cup double since Global did it in 2016 as it faces Stallion.

Ceres topped Group A by posting two victories and one draw to extend its unbeaten streak in all competitions to 24 straight matches.

Stallion is aiming to score an upset and gain an opportunity to win its first cup title since capturing the defunct UFL Cup in 2012.

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