FOR the second straight game, Ceres Negros FC blanked Stallion Laguna FC in the Philippines Football League (PFL), winning 2-0 in their match on Sunday, July 1, at the Panaad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod City.
Getting a brace from Takumi Uesato, the “Busmen” buried Stallion early in the second half to deal the latter another defeat in follow up to their 2-0 victory on June 27.
The host team did not waste much time getting its game going, putting itself in good scoring position in the fourth minute when Mr. Uesato broke away from the Stallion defense and fired a shot that just hit the post.
The two teams went back and forth thereafter but no goals would be made as the contest hit the halfway point.
Stallion came out more aggressive to start the second half, coming close to breaking through.
But Ceres eventually beat the visiting side to the punch of scoring the first goal of the match with Mr. Uesato converting a fine cross from teammate Mike Ott.
Mr. Uesato made it 2-nil four minutes later when he beat the Stallion defense anew to send the hometown fans to further celebration.
Stallion tried to make a late push and come back but Ceres’ defense would have none of that, staying on top of things the rest of the way to preserve the victory.
The win was the second straight for Ceres, which continues to lead in the PFL standings with 13 wins, two draws and two losses for 41 points.
Stallion (7-0-8), meanwhile, slumped to its second loss in a row and remained at 18 points, good for fourth place in the race.
Kaya-Iloilo FC (9-2-4) is at second place with 29 points followed by Davao Aguilas FC (7-2-7) at 23 points.
Ceres next plays on July 7 against Kaya while Stallion return on July 4 also against Kaya. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo