Ceres-La Salle FC vs Kaya FC - UFL League 2016
|July 10, 2016||4:00 PM||United Football League First Division||2016|
|Rizal Memorial Track and Football Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines|
Ceres-La Salle FC continued their winning form with a 5-0 rout of Kaya FC last July 10 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Adrian Gallardo scored a brace while Patrick Reichelt, Manny Ott, and Bienvenido Marañon added a goal each for the emphatic victory.
The game started on a physical note when Reichelt was tackled hard by Shirmar Felongco in the first minute which merited the Kaya defender with a yellow card. Ceres had the first crack on goal when Stephan Shröck beat his defender to set-up a one on one with Kaya Goalkeeper Matthew Acton. Shröcky went around the keeper but Acton clipped him just before he was about to score. The penalty was awarded and Adrian Gallardo made no mistake to secure the opener in the 10th minute.
Kaya didn’t waste time after the reset when Alfred Osei unleashed a strike from the edge of the box. However, Ceres goalkeeper Mike Casas was up for the challenge and saved the attempt including the follow up. Ceres had another chance in the 14th when Ott placed to ball into the space of Shröck with the Ceres forward rushing to the goal line and releasing the ball on the opposite end to a rushing Reichelt. The Ceres winger only got the piece of the ball which went wide but the play caused an injury to Shröck which forced him to come out of the game.
Kaya’s Robert Lopez-Mendy had a good chance to equalize in the 15th but Casas was again there for the save. The Busmen came close in the 28th when Ott’s free kick went past the wall but Acton was there to collect. A loose ball found its way to Maranon in the right four minutes later which allowed him space for a cross but Gallard sliced the ball wide. In the 38th Jason Sabio found Reichelt open in the wings with the Ceres winger sending a teasing cross towards Gallardo who smashed the ball into the net for the 2-0 lead. Kaya had a good chance in injury time with Miguel Tanton’s 30-yard free kick which went straight to Casas. The ball slipped from the keepers hands but he was quick enough to recover and close the half with a clean sheet.
Ceres-La Salle came out with urgency after the break with Manny Ott breaking inside the ball and flicking it towards goal. The Kaya keeper was however up for the challenge and taps it over the bar. It didn’t take long for them to be rewarded when Marañon placed a pinpoint pass towards Reichelt who chested it forward and struck the ball past Acton for Ceres’ third. Ott initiated a one-two with Gallardo on the top of the box with Ott knee-ing the ball into the crossbar and in to cement the 4-0 lead in the 58th minute.
Kaya had their best chance from the restart when Joven Bedic broke the offside trap and running away from the defense. Casas saw the danger and rushed out of his box to snuff out Kaya’s chance. Substitute Jalsor Soriano had a golden chance to make it five when he glanced in a header from a corner which unfortunately hit the post. Ceres would complete the scoring in the 83rd when Marañon flicked the ball towards an overlapping Kevin Ingresso. Acton came out to secure the attack but misread the ball which bounced over him and towards goal for Ceres’ fifth and final goal.
“It was a good game. For us these are championship games. Before we started to play, in the dugout, we said these remaining two games for the first half are our championship games. We win all (of them), were 1st in the first round. I think the team is in good morale now. It’s very important to to finish this first round high,” said Ceres Club Director Ali Go who is still interim coach of the team while new Coach Risto Vidakovic is still settling in. Coach Vidakovic was present in the match, attending his first UFL matchday of the season.
Ceres will play Green Archers on July 14 but they already have one eye on the July 17 game with leaders Global FC. “We got their (Global’s) number first, now they got ours, now we want it back. I think the boys are in the high now i think they’re focused, they’re concentrated. Everyone is doing their job, everybody’s helping each other.We’re playing like a team. I think even against Brunei, I said we played like a team. Its very hard to beat us if we play as a team,” the Ceres Director added.
Stephan Shröck walked out of the game on a slight limp but was already walking properly at the end of the match. He will be assessed day to day on the extent of his injury. Ceres has now jumped to the second spot after the win, setting up a mouth watering clash with Global FC on the final day of the first round.