Another top of the table clash is set in the Philippines Football League as Ceres-Negros hosts Kaya-Iloilo for another league tiff on August 3 at the Aboitiz pitch in Lipa Batangas.
The match is set to be as explosive as the first meeting where the busmen came from behind in the second half to win by two goals to one last July 10 at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona Cavite.
Jovin Bedic opened the scoring with a wonder goal against the run of play while Bienvenido Maranon scored two of his own aided by Stephan Schrocks ‘Man of the match performance to wrest the top spot from the Iloilo squad.
Both teams currently have 22 points in the standings with Ceres-Negros edging its rivals with a 13 goal difference with a win advantage on the tiebreak and a match at hand.
Since their last meeting, Kaya have went on to secure two victories after edging out Stallion Laguna 1-0 and blasting Mendiola with five unanswered goals. Ceres-Negros has continued its unbeaten run since against Philippine Air Force and Green Archers United.
With the top spot on the line, Ceres-Negros Coach Risto Vidakovic is wary of the matchup which saw a couple of red cards and a flurry of yellows in the first match.
“It’s always is very hard to play against them because they (Kaya-Iloilo) are very aggressive. Hopefully this time, the referee will take care of the players,” said the two-time PFL champion coach.
It will be another big game with a lot of emotions “, said Ceres-Negros star Stephan Schrock. “We are the two best teams in the league so we are preparing intensely for this game like how we always do.”
“For Kaya, it will be the game of the year like it is for every team here (in the PFL). We are composed and motivated to put in a winning performance Saturday night,” added the current Philippine National team captain.
Kickoff is set at 7pm at the Aboitiz pitch in Lipa preceding the Mendiola-Global match at 4pm. The match will be streamed live on the PFL page for the Philippines and will be shown worldwide via PFLtv.ph. Entrance to the match will be free of charge.
All photos from the Philippines Football League