JP Voltes Marikina will host Ceres-Negros on their first Philippines Football League encounter on June 17 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
A straight red and a tight physical match are often the trademark of a JP Voltes and Ceres encounter in the United Football League. The two clubs scored a win against each eother in last years UFL with Ceres winning their first meeting and JP Voltes getting the other.
Their first match last year was a highly physical affair when then Ceres striker Adrian Gallardo was sent off with a straight red allowing Voltes to take the lead after being a goal down in the first half. A three-goal blitz at halftime led by Stephan Schrock and Patrick Reichelt pushed Ceres to the win with the final score at 4-2.
The second match was no different as Schrock was sent off just before the hour mark allowing the Japanese flavored side to score care of Allen Angeles just before halftime. The Negros squad tried to to force an equalizer in the second half but JPV held on for the 1-0 win.
Both teams will renew their rivalry in the PFL on Saturday with the two squads coming off wins from the international break. Ceres-Negros scored its first win in the PFL with a 1-0 win over rivals Global Cebu. JPV Marikina comes off a two-win streak with a 4-0 win over Stallion Laguna and a 2-0 win against Ilocos United.
In their preseason matches, JP Voltes earned a win and a draw over Ceres setting up an interesting match up come game day. Lethal JPV striker Takumi Uesato will test the defense of centerback Super Herrera while Takashi Odawara will have to battle with Martin Steuble in the middle. Masaki Yanagawa and Camelo Tacusalme will try to contain Omid Nazari and Stephan Schrock.
The billing is a good as it gets according to Team Manager James Dinsay. “Were expecting its gonna be a good game. I think JP Voltes is one team in the PFL that is really good tactically so were expecting its gonna be a great match.”
“We faced them in the pre-season and we didnt do so good”, said Ceres Midfielder Martin Steuble. “We know them from last season. They have always been a tough opponent. Very organized, very skillful players, and a few good foreigners. So we know what is expected of us and we know we have to bring our A-game to beat them tomorrow,” Steuble added.
The Busmen will be gunning for their second win in three games after their PFL matches were cancelled due to their participation in the AFC Cup. The match will kickoff at the Rizal Memorial Stadium at 4PM as the Marikina Sports Complex pitch is still under renovation. Admission is free according to JPV Marikina and a livestream will be available from the PFF Mycujoo channel.