Wednesday, January 15, 20Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 15, 2014.14
NO NEED to prove who is the better team. This match is for a common cause and not arematch. But watch out, the Green booters will not just play an exhibition game. This is for real.
Relegating ‘pride’ on the sideline and forgetting for a while the result of the recent UnitedFootball League Cup in Manila, the Bacolod City-based Ceres – La Salle FC and the De La Salle Green Archers United will return at the pitch on January 18 at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
“One Kick for a Thousand Lives” will feature the 2013 PFF-Smart Club Championshipsdefending champion Ceres – La Salle FC against Chiefy Caligdong – led Archers in a game for cause which will benefit the Yolanda victims in Northern Negros and the Queen of Peace School in San Carlos City.
With Caligdong are Arnie Panisabo, Arvin Soliman, Ronnie Aguisanda, Tommy Escoltero, Patrick Bocobo, Reynald Villareal, Floriano Pasilan Jr., Jesus Melliza, Ivan Fraire, Patrick Deyto, Shag Shapay Johnson, Robert Lopez-Mendy, Gabriel Olowoyee, Raymark Fernandez, Sean Lee, Lawrence Obinna, Jesse Martindale, Diego Garcia, Jovanie Simpron, and Gregg Yang.
It can be recalled that Ceres–La Salle FC bowed out of the UFL Cup after a heartbreaking loss to the Green Archers United, 2-1, in the quarterfinal match.
Ceres was impressive at the start of that match as midfielder Jayson Panhay scored on a free kick in the 28th minute which Azkals’ Chieffy equalized five minutes later for a 1-all score at the break.
Both sides struggled in the final half as defense tightened and passing lanes denied. Caligdong, however, didn’t lose his bag of tricks and confusedhis defender to blast the winning goal in the 90+2’ of the match.
The Green Archers earned the ticket to the semifinals and Ceres went home disappointed.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 15, 2014.