The Copa Paulino Alcantara, also known as the PFL Cup, will be an annual association football tournament in Philippines. The cup will first be held in September 2018. It replaced the PFF National Men's Club Championship and the UFL Cup as the country's top domestic cup tournament.
The PFL Cup is set to begin on September 1, the winner of the cup will book a ticket for the AFC Cup.
If Ceres Negros wins the league, and the cup automatically the second placer of the league will get the spot for AFC Cup.
Kaya FC emerged as the inaugural Copa Paulino Alcantara champion over Davao Aguilas FC, 1-0 (AET), on Saturday, October 27 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium for a sure spot in the 2019 AFC Cup.
Jovin Bedic ended the sloppy game at the last minute of extra time (119') after firing the cross of Robert Mendy into the back of the net.
“What a final,” exclaimed Kaya head coach Noel Marcaida.
“What makes it special for this [final] – aside from we wanted to go to back AFC – is we were able to give honor to the legendary Paulino Alcantara [who] is from Concepcion, Iloilo and as [the] representative of Iloilo, this Cup really matters for us.”
Davao Aguilas FC will only advance to the regional cup tournament if Ceres-Negros FC qualifies for the 2019 AFC Champions League. ___
By winning the inaugural Copa Paulino Alcantara, Kaya FC will join Negros FC in the 2019 AFC Cup.
Another heartbreaker for Davao Aguilas FC(the losing finalist) as they lost making the 2019 AFC Cup automatically in extra time 0-1.
Post by pilferpatchy on Oct 28, 2018 11:40:43 GMT 8
Hoping that Ceres would advance to ACL tournament proper so that DABFC could finally enter the AFC Cup. Bellmare missed the opportunity for a League Cup double last night. Davao just sat back in the extra-time probably exhausted. Props to Kaya FC who were relentless, playing better football until the final whistle.
Kaya FC Iloilo are set to return in the AFC Cup after two years of absence through their dramatic triumph in the Copa Paulino Alcantara final after Jovin Bedic scored a late 118th minute winner in the second half of extra time.
The win completes the Philippines’ representatives for the AFC club tournaments for 2019 with the other club being Ceres-Negros FC who are about to embark on the 2019 AFC Champions League playoffs after winning the Philippines Football League.
Davao Aguilas and Kaya Iloilo toiled in a final that saw few chances, with both teams being denied by the crossbar on at least two occasions.
The tipping point most probably have been the sending off of Davao Aguilas centre-back Wesley Dos Santos in the 98th minute due to a second bookable offence.
In the end, Kaya got the sole goal of the match two minutes before the end of the second half of extra time when Jovin Bedic, who hailed from Iloilo (Barotac Nuevo), converted off a Robert Lopez Mendy assist.
The match could have gone either way with both teams unrelenting, but a clinical moment is what all it took for the winners to be determined.
Final whistle has blown congratulations KAYA Futbol Club for winning the first ever Copa Paulino Alcantara! Welcome back to AFC Cup! #KeepTheLegacy #WeArePFL pic.twitter.com/rfxzXiqui9
— #PFL2018 (@wearepfl) October 27, 2018
Phil Younghusband would have to wait for another shot at AFC club qualification
It is a fact that the Azkals’ all-time top goalscorer, Phil Younghusband has not yet been able to represent the Philippines at an AFC club competition.
But after another agonising loss, Phil would have to wait another year and hope for a good run either in the PFL season or the league cup.
Kaya’s fighting spirit showcased
Kaya FC Copa Paulino Alcantara
Kaya came into the match as slight underdogs, but they were able to rise to the occasion, going toe to toe against Davao Aguilas until local hero, Jovin Bedic, scored the winning goal.
It’s just sinking in. Kaya FC wins first ever Paulino Alcantara Cup. Cup named after Iloilo born striker of FC Barcelona fame. Winning goal in the 118 min by Ilongo born Jovin Bedic. Destiny. UNA KAYA!
— Phillip Hagedorn (@philliphagedorn) October 27, 2018
The result makes the Iloilo-based squad as the first ever Copa Paulino Alcantara Champions and they will be marching to the 2019 AFC Cup.
Ming Fu: Si Fu Ming pala yung referee kahapon. Ngayon ko lang natandaan.
Nov 26, 2018 21:06:44 GMT 8
really: @pissed. What's the big deal with calling the national team as "Azkals" it doesn't come off as a club team for me. Its obviously the national team nickname; same as Gilas Pilipinas. Its not Azkals FC or Azkals United.
Nov 28, 2018 0:05:08 GMT 8
delver: I don't mind the national football team being called "Azkals". What I'm concerned about is how they always use the "Azkals" logo on their training kits/jackets and in promoting the games instead of the PFF crest.
Nov 28, 2018 9:14:16 GMT 8