Ceres-Negros FC Wins Physical Game Against Kaya
A win is a win, regardless of how you look at it.
Home squad Ceres-Negros Football Club scored a goal in injury time to win a physical game against Kaya-Makati FC, 3-2, on Saturday in the ongoing 2017 Philippines Football League held at Panaad Park and Stadium, Mansilingan in Bacolod City.
The visiting team of Kaya-Makati stunned the home fans with an early goal by Jordan Mintah in the 3rd minute. But Ceres FC striker Bienvenido Marañon equalized the scoreboard in the 10th minute with a go ahead header off a long pass from Kevin Ingreso.
“Man of the Match” Fernando Rodriguez took advantage of a dead ball inside the box after a broken play to score a goal in the 16th minute.
As intermittent rains continue to hamper the game, both teams were having difficulty in navigating the watery areas on the field and uncalled hard tackles adding to the challenge to push their plays.
Despite two yellow cards were slapped against Ceres, the Busmen lead by 1 at halftime.
The physical game continues in the second half and so are the cards. Stephan Schrock was given a yellow in the 49th minute on a hard tackle against Kaya.
In the 56th minute, Alfred Osei was awarded the equalizing goal which figured Ceres goalkeeper Roland Muller and defender Kota Kawase downed on the ground hurt. Ceres suffered another setback when referee Steve Supresencia sent Busmen coach Risto Vidakovic out of the playing Field of Play for engaging one of the referees.
Minutes later, Ceres defender Jeffrey Christiaens was also sent out after a red in the 80th minute as Rodriguez and Manuel Herrera got yellow cards each. Herrera was carded following the excessive complaining to referee Supresencia after his lip was broken caused by an elbow from a Kaya rival.
The home team was able to pull a win with Rodriquez’s strike in the 90+3 against the defense from Kaya FC defender Kenshiro Daniels and keeper Ref Cuaresma inside the box.
During the post-match press conference, Ceres FC Assistant Coach Pepe Losada slammed the officiating to have caused that unpleasant match. “Today, we played against 11 players plus the referees,” Losada said. “This is no good for the Philippine football if the federation do not fix this problem.”* (JGToga)