Visiting De La Salle’s Green Archers United repeated its victory last year against Bacolod-based Ceres-La Salle FC in a charity match dubbed “One Kick for a Thousand Lives” held at Panaadpitch Saturday.
The Chieffy Caligdong-led visitors dominated the entire match forcing Ceres FC Korean keeper Jae Hun Hyoun busy the entire evening guarding the posts.
Twelve minutes after kick-off, Archer Junsoo Park found the back of the net for an early 1-nil advantage against the home team.
Ceres made an explosive attack but the Archers’ defense stood firm not giving anyroom for a decent shot. Azkals’ promising custodian, Patrick Deyto, likewise shown high level of performance in keeping Ceres’ attacks off target. The visitors led the break, 1-nil.
The Archers remained in attacking mode to score their second in the 48th minute courtesy of Jesse Martindale in front of Hyoun.
Star forward Jayson Panhay, who scored the lone goal in their last encounter, was not effective this time, failing to shine at home.
Ceres’ mentor Ali Go said the loss is still a good experience against one of the top clubs from Manila.
“The loss is really an awakening for us. And this makes us a better team. Ceres had been winning tournaments, and that sometimes you also need to lose to be better. You have to take it as a good experience and learn from your mistakes,”he said.
Lead organizer Rose Ann Valmayor said the charity match was able to raise P150,000 for the Yolanda victims in northern Negros and the Queen of Peace School in San Carlos City.
Valmayor, daughter of San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo Valmayor, said though only a few watched the game, the tickets for the bleachers were sold out.
“We are looking forward to initiate more events so we can raise more funds for Yolanda victims,” she added.(HGD)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 20, 2014