27 January 2013
Cinderella team Ceres Fc , Pasargad to finals of PFF Club Nationals
Karl Decena, InterAKTV
Ceres FC of Negros Occidental and Pasargad FC earned slots in the title match of the Philippine Football Federation-SMART National Club Championship after scoring victories in their semifinals matches Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Riding on a Cinderella run in the tournament, Ceres notched a 3-1 victory over United Football League squad Kaya FC to secure a ticket to the finals.
Ceres scored its first goal at the 25th minute, with Jayson Panhay scoring a high-looping shot off a through ball from Joshua Beloya.
Korean import Byeong Jun Yoon then hit the back of the net at the 42nd minute after receiving a header assist from Danny Claxton to give Ceres a 2-nil edge at halftime.
Moments after the break, Kaya finally made a goal as Chris Greatwich scored at the 50th minute to trim their deficit to 2-1.
However, Gun Hee Choi nailed a penalty kick at the 81st minute to seal another upset by Ceres, which earlier beat UFL powerhouse squads Penson Satllion Giligan’s and Global FC on its way to the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Pasargad FC escaped Green Archers United Globe in their own semifinal match in the nightcap.
The Green Archers took advantage of two straight miscues by Pasargad, as Chieffy Caligdong scored from the top of the box at the 18th minute followed by Jovanie Simpron’s goal at the 19th minute to give their team an early 2-nil lead.
But Pasargad quickly recovered after that, with Charles Ujam hitting the back fo the net at the 20th minute and Reza Amirkhizan at the 25th minute to tie the match at 2-2.
Both teams then failed to break the deadlock in the second half and extra time, bringing the match to a penalty shootout.
Pasargad went on to win in penalties, 2-1, despite red cards slapped to its two players during the shootout for celebrating early.
Ceres and Pasargad will face off in the finals next week.