Ceres-Negros meets Kaya Iloilo for the fifth and final time this league season on July 11 at the Iloilo Sports Complex in the heart of Iloilo City.
The two rivals have played to two consecutive 1-1 draws in historic venue with the third match tipped to break the tie in the books.
The script for both matches were the same as late goals were matched with late equalizers from both squads. Ceres scored first in the initial match with a Mike Ott tap-in but Noy Felongco came home with a surprise equalizer just moments later.
Robert Lopez-Mendy took advantage of a counter to score in the second match only to find his effort cancelled out by a breath-taking free kick by Kevin Ingreso towards the top corner.
Ceres-Negros still have a virtual six point gap over Kaya which the busmen aim to increase their lead in their quest for their second consecutive league title.
“We want to win,” said Ceres Coach Risto Vidakovic when asked about his objective for the coming match. “It’s always a tough game against Kaya and it will be the same tomorrow. They will fight, they still have options to win the league, and they will try their best.” he added.
“We have to be prepared tomorrow we have to fight. For us its very important to win tomorrow because if we win, I think we can already be focused on the AFC Cup,” said the veteran coach.
Super Herrera will be suspended while Stephan Schrock is questionable after he was subbed out of after getting a reckless challenge late in the match. Kaya’s Felongco is also suspended while Camelo Tacusalme may be bothered by a hamstring injury.
The match has been reset to a 3pm kickoff as inclement weather may force 30-min rain delays during the match. Tickets are available at the stadium for the local fans while the game will be broadcast live via PFLtv.ph.