Two quick goals in the second half saw Ceres-Negros come away with a 2-0 victory over Stallion Laguna last September 22 at the Biñan Stadium. Bienvenido Marañon and Robert Lopez Mendy were the goalscorers in the tightly contested match.
It was the hosts who had the first chance in the match when Abou Sy found and unmarked Fitch Arboleda who’s attempt grazed the Ceres-Negros crossbar.
Ceres-Negros also hit the woodwork in the 9th minute when Takashi Odawara teed up Sean Kane who strike also hit the crossbar. The home squad built a well worked attack from the back but Jess Melliza couldn’t muster a good finish minutes later.
Stallion went on the offensive midway in the first half but couldn’t convert in front of goal. Nate Alquiros ad the best chance in the 27th but it was collected by Roland Muller.
Lopez Mendy was fouled inside the box in the 28th but the referee pointed just outside the box for a free kick. The resulting start saw a header from Sean Kane but the chance went over.
Melliza almost put his club ahead in the 36th after beating Muller but his attempt bounced from the inside of the post and landed in the arms of the keeper.
The visitors produce two quick attempts from Mike Ott and a header from Lopez Mendy after a Schrock assist but the Busmen still couldn’t find the target.
The drought would continue in the dying minutes with Lopez Mendy, Ott, and Marañon missing inside the box to keep the game scoreless at the break.
Ceres-Negros went ahead in the 51st minute when Schrock lofted the ball to Marañon who cheekily turned and passed the ball into the goal which took several slight deflection before crossing the goal line for the opener.
The Busmen would get a second just two minutes after when Porteria sent in a long cross which was headed by Lopez Mendy in front of goal.
Both teams battled on for goals in the remaining minutes but the tough conditions made it challenging in the final third. Porteria had a shot off a corner but it went straight to Gasic.
Abou Sy broke away in the 85th minute but his touch failed him inside the box after he was hounded by two defenders. Stallion would have another chance from distance but Carli De Murga headed the attempt wide.
The final chance came to the away side in injury time but substitute Dennis Villanueva couldn’t get enough of the ball to head in a third. The match would finish with Ceres-Negros getting the full three points.
The busmen will now need three more wins from the six remaining games to secure their third straight Philippines Football League title.
All photos from Philippines Football League.