Ceres, Global Secure Leg-1 of PFL Semis
The Ceres Negros Football Club and Global Cebu FC drew first blood as they took the Leg-1 of the 2-legged semi-final matches of the 2017 Philippines Football League (PFL) at the University of Makati and Rizal Memorial Stadium, respectively.
Both clubs got some chances in the first half as Kaya FC-Makati’s Marwin Angeles invaded Busmen’s defense but Roland Muller picked the ball.
Stephan Schrock displayed great dribbling skills escaping 2 Kaya FC defenders but his shot went over the bar. Iain Ramsay almost got his chance to break the deadlock in the 22nd minute but his shot went straight to Kaya keeper Ref Cuaresma.
Ceres FC’s Bienvenido Marañón got another opportunity on the possible breakaway but, Cuaresma bravely saved the ball while Jordan Mintah almost won a goal for Kaya in the 33rd minute but, Muller likewise made a save.
Both clubs worked hard to score but, defensively successful to keep their respective opponents off the target as they closed the half scoreless.
In the second half, the chase for their team’s first goal but, it was only in the later minutes when Carli de Murga almost made the goal off the cross from Kevin Ingreso but his shot hit the cross bar as Cuaresma safely tapped the ball.
With time winding down, Mintah earned possession in transition and almost broke a goal in the 88th minute after beating Busmen defenders at baseline but shot hit the bar as Busmen secured the control.
It was Stephan Schrock who lifted Ceres FC to a 1-nil edge when he triumphed over Kaya defenders from the left flank and struck the ball past Cuaresma in the 90+3 minutes.
On Saturday, Global Cebu took a while before completed a comeback victory in the last 3 minutes of the match.
After Tahj Minniecon put the FC Meralco Manila Sparks ahead on a penalty in the 62nd minute, Wesley Dos Santos scored the equalizer in the 90th minute as Pika Minegishi winning the game in the 90+3 minute with a low driven strike.
Second Leg of the semi-finals will be simultaneously played on Saturday, December 9 at 7PM. Ceres FC will host Kaya FC at the Panaad Park and Stadium while Global FC will play Meralco still at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.*