Kaya FC and Indonesian club PSM Makassar battled to a 1-1 draw in their AFC Cup Group Stage fixture at the Stadion Pakansari Bogor on Tuesday afternoon.
Kaya FC received a boost early on in the game after PSM's Dedy Gusmawan was sent off after quick consecutive yellow cards in the 11th minute of the game. But despite the one-man advantage, it was the Indonesian side that made their mark on the match first.
Osas Saha latched on to a weighted pass that cut through the Kaya defenders before neatly tucking the ball into the net for the opener in the 22nd minute.
The shell shocked Philippine side recovered and ensured that PSM was defending for majority of the remainder of the first half, but could not convert their increased pressure into an equalizer.
The Philippine club switched up their formation over the break, allotting more yellow shirts in the midfield and forward positions. It didn't take long for Kaya's tinkering to pay off. Just five minutes after the restart, substitute Arnel Amita swung in a cross that found the head of Eric Giganto, who duly netted the equalizer.
Despite getting a goal early in the second half, Kaya found it difficult to break down the Indonesian hosts a second time. Chances from Giganto, Takumi Uesato, and Jovin Bedic did not find the mark as PSM held a tight backline together.
PSM had the chance to steal an unlikely lead in the dying moments of the game, but Saha skewed a snap shot just wide in the 89th minute. Kaya had their own chance just a minute later, with Jayson Panhay clipping the crossbar from distance.
Neither team could net the winner though, as both clubs settled for a draw.
Captain Jovin Bedic explained that while he is happy with how Kaya played away from home, the team is disappointed not to come away with the full three points.
"I think we really did well away from home, but at the end of the day we didn't beat these guys. I think we'll just prepare back home, and hope we get those three points back."
Despite failing to secure the win, Kaya FC took their place atop of Group H with five points from three games played, while PSM stayed rooted at third. Kaya and PSM will have a rematch in Manila on June 4.