Kaya FC-Iloilo conceded two goals in the first 30 minutes and fell short of another comeback against PSM Makassar, dropping a 1-2 decision in their 2019 AFC Cup group stage match at the Pana-ad Stadium in Bacolod.
Two goals by the visitors just three minutes apart gave them the separation they needed as they survived a red card and several Kaya offensive thrusts to grab the crucial three points and the top spot in Group H.
In a highly physical match that saw both sides combine for seven yellow cards and two reds, it was PSM that got the favorable result and a measure of revenge against the Iloilo club. The Indonesian side blew a won match 15 days ago by conceding a goal in the third minute of stoppage time that allowed Kaya to salvage a draw.
Kaya's first chance came in the 18th minute after a hand ball by Mark Klok set up a free kick from a juicy spot just outside the box. But Jovin Bedic's attempt curled a little too far to the left and into the side netting.
Just three minutes later, PSM Makassar broke the ice courtesy of a header from close range by an unmarked Rizky Pellu off a cross from Wiljan Pluim. Another three minutes more, and PSM Makassar was up 2-nil after Eero Markkanen slotted it past goalkeeper Louie Casas from a tough angle on the right flank after outrunning Jalsor Soriano.
PSM played the last 38 minutes with just 10 men after defender Abdul Rahman was sent off for a second yellow card, and Kaya kept keeper Rivki Mokodompit busy from that point on.
Darryl Roberts came close to putting Kaya on the board in the 64th minute, but his strike from close range was blocked by Mokodompit. The ball went up and ricocheted off the crossbar and out and back to Roberts, whose follow-up header was easily gathered by Mokodompit.
Jovin Bedic also had a good attempt in the 68th, but his grounder to the bottom left was tapped out by Mokodompit.
Things got heated in the 89th minute after Soriano was red-carded for kicking a downed Klok, triggering an angry response from the visitors.
Bedic finally pulled one back for the hosts in the 90th with a conversion from the spot after Hasyim Kipuw fouled Jordan Mintah inside the box. But it was too little, too late and there would be no last-minute goal this time as the clock ran out.
It was a disappointing result for Kaya FC, which slid to third place with five points, two points behind Home United of Singapore which eased past Lao Toyota, 3-2, on Wednesday night. All four clubs have two matches remaining in the group stage.