A Patrick Reichelt strike in the 15th minute for Ceres-Negros ended host Kaya FC’s winning run at their turf in the Philippines Football League match yesterday at Iloilo Sports Complex.
In addition to Reichelt’s winning goal, the Busmen got a lift from another outstanding performance from goalkeeper Toni Doblas.
Ceres had the best chance early in the match when Carlie De Murga attempted a shot off a corner but Kaya keeper Ace Villanueva was there to deny him.
Kaya had a good opportunity in the 7th minute when Eric Giganto latched on to a ball inside the box and tried to curl one towards the top corner but Doblas stopped him.
The Busmen went ahead in the 15th minute after Takumi Uesato eluded the offside trap before he issued a ball towards Reichelt who tapped in the go ahead goal.
Ceres could have doubled the lead in the 28th when Reichelt layed off to Mike Ott but Camelo Tacusalme denied Ott when he headed his chance off the line and initiated a Kaya counter that was thwarted by Junior Muñoz.
Kaya went down to 10n men in 34th minute when Robert Lopez-Mendy pushed Amani Aguinaldo from behind to earn his second yellow and was sent off..
Man of the match Toni Doblas was all praises for his team for playing well under tough conditions against the Iloilo team.
“It’s always difficult against Kaya because they are a good team and they have plenty of motivation. Today the weather was bad, the pitch was very difficult, but I’m very proud of my team because we played smart. No easy game for us but we are very happy,” said the veteran keeper.
Ceres Coach Risto Vidakovic was happy with the win despite the extra physical displays shown by the home side in the last couple of games.
“As always, we are trying to play football and I think we beat them with good football. It was a very fair game,” said Vidakovic. “We are now one step closer to the title, maybe we can now focus on the AFC Cup,” he added.
Ceres-Negros are now nine points away from the league title with six games left in the league season. They are scheduled to travel to Davao today for their final away match in Tagum City.*ceresfootball.com
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