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AFC Cup: Kaya FC rues lack of consistency in loss to PSM Makassar

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Kaya's AFC Cup fate not entirely in their hands (1:36)

Kaya FC-Iloilo is in must-win territory against Lao Toyota and Home United, but their hopes of advancing to the next stage of the AFC Cup also lie in the hands of Group H leaders PSM Makassar. (1:36)

Kaya FC-Iloilo followed their game plan for 80 minutes in their 2-1 loss against PSM Makassar in their AFC Cup Group Stage clash on Wednesday afternoon at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.

Unfortunately for the Philippine club, football is played for 90 minutes and that 10-minute lapse proved to be costly.

The visiting Indonesian club took the lead in the 21st minute courtesy of a Rizky Pellu header, before Eero Markannen muscled his way past Jalsor Soriano to double PSM's lead just three minutes later.

Kaya FC coach Noel Marcaida said it was the period before the goals that were most detrimental to his team.

"I think the plan that we made, we've done the plan for 80 minutes ... It's between the 10th and 20th minute I think we have to talk about," Marcaida said. "Players should know, they have to know, they have to realize that football is 90 minutes."

"Consistency is very important from start to finish," he added.

Despite the subpar stretch from Kaya, the hosts dominated the fixture after a second yellow card on Abdul Rahman saw PSM Makassar play with one man down after the 52nd minute. Kaya controlled possession and peppered the PSM goal with shots, but was unable to break the defense.

Kaya's best opportunity came in the 64th minute when Darryl Roberts' shot was parried away by the keeper and onto the crossbar.

Marcaida says that if only Roberts converted on his opportunity, it could have been a different game. Instead, Kaya got their only goal in the 91st minute courtesy of Jovin Bedic penalty.

"With that dominance in the second half, I think it took us so long to get that first goal," Marcaida conceded.

By the time Bedic got Kaya on the scoreboard, the match had turned for the worse. Soriano was given a straight red card for a kick to the midsection of Marc Klok, and the referee gave out three more yellow cards as the tension escalated.

It was a disappointing moment that saw players physically restrained to prevent the situation from escalating. Marcaida admitted that he needs to help his team control their emotions, especially when trailing in a crucial game.

"Going back to the drawing board, we will discuss on that aspect of the game," Marcaida said.

The result leaves Kaya FC second in Group H with two more games left to play. Each of Kaya's remaining matches are now must-win games in order to keep hopes for outright qualification into the next round alive.

Kaya looks to bounce back with a victory when they host Lao Toyota FC on April 30 at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod.