Ceres-Negros FC continues its PFL campaign when it meets Global Cebu FC on June 1 at the PFF Training Center in Carmona, Cavite. The Busmen look to finish its third game in eight days before the FIFA International break.
The Negros squad aims to continue its winning ways when it faces a new-look Global squad who dropped their first assignment against Green Archers United last May 29.
A lone goal from Christian Zubiri was the difference as Global lost a tightly contested battle at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Ceres-Negros shot down Philippine Air Force FC 5-0 in the game prior to register their first win in the league.
Curt Dizon and Bienvenido Maranon were the goal scorers in the match which saw three straight goals on the final twenty minutes after an altercation that resulted to three red cards for both teams.
The revitalized Global squad now features former Ceres-Negros players in Lemuel Unabia, Jorrel Aristorenas, and Jerry Barbaso while it added the likes of Levi Fernandez-Lynch, Kouichi Belgira, and Nelson Gasic.
With the match set as the final league game before the ASEAN Semis, Coach Risto Vidakovic will have the whole squad at his disposal except for OJ Porteria who will serve a one game suspension.
Kickoff is set at 330pm in the San Lazaro grounds with the match streamed live at www.PFLtv.ph. A win by the Busmen would put them in temporary first place in the league.
Philippines Football League Stallion Laguna vs Kaya FC–Iloilo 3:30pm | Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Biñan Football Stadium
Kaya FC–Iloilo look to build on their promising start to the 2019 Philippines Football League when they visit Stallion Laguna on Wednesday afternoon at the Biñan Football Stadium. The match will kickoff at 3:30pm, and will be streamed live over PFLTV.ph.
Wednesday’s clash will be against the two sides that stood out on opening day. Kaya started the season with a dominant 4-0 victory over Green Archers United, while Stallion Laguna secured an impressive 2-2 draw against the two-time defending champions, Ceres Negros.
“Stallion had a great start. I think they deserved three points in that game. Their fast paced game worked well because of the space given to them. They are a reinforced team, specifically in the goalkeeping area [with Patrick Deyto],” said Iloilo head coach Noel Marcaida. “An explosive start and 100% focus and determination will be the keys for tomorrow’s game. It’s a big day and an important match for both clubs.”
Biñan Football Stadium has proven a tricky ground for Kaya in recent times, but Jordan Mintah, fresh from a hat-trick performance against the Archers, isn’t worried about Iloilo’s lack of wins in Laguna.
“I’m not worried about it at all. We are just praying for the best tomorrow because, I believe with my teammates everything will change,” he said. “Playing against Stallion is always a physical game with a lot of running and pressing. So I always expect that from them.”
Back-to-back Philippines Football League Champions Ceres-Negros FC starts their title defense when they face Stallion Laguna FC on May 25 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in the Philippine capital.
The Busmen are keen to start their domestic campaign on a high note when they face the Laguna squad who have had plenty of good signings in the off-season.
Gerardo Jinggoy Valmayor and Chima Uzoka will be potent up front for the Laguna side with Uzoka bringing with him Thai league experience in the fold. The UP connection of OJ Clarino and Daniel Gadia would give them a big boost them in the midfield.
Patrick Deyto is their biggest signing to date after the former Azkal has recovered from a minor offseason surgery. Regular holdovers Matt Nierras, Fitch Arboleda, and team captain Ruben Doctora will carry the banner for the strongest Stallion lineup in recent history.
Both teams earned one win each against each other in the Copa Paulino Alcantara group stage last year but the Laguna side eliminated the Negros representatives largely on their 3-0 win on their first encounter. The Busmen pulled back with a 2-1 win later on but it was not enough for them to reach the knockout rounds.
Ceres-Negros will be keen on bouncing back after its surprising defeat against Becamex Binh Duong at home in the final match of the group stage of the AFC Cup. The defending champs are set to test their mettle in the domestic scene in preparation for its big test against Hanoi FC in June.
A full squad will be in the disposal of Coach Risto Vidakovic which includes the likes of Bienvenido Maranon, Mike Ott, and Roland Muller. Blake Powell will also be available after a minor surgery in the off-season.
The 7PM match will be the highlight of a double header after the game between Kaya FC-Iloilo and Green Archers United at 4PM. Tickets are pegged at P50 which will already cover the cost of both games. Matches will be streamed live via PFLtv.ph
First 6 games will be the following:
Match 1: May 25 venue (TBA) vs Ceres
Match 2: May 29 @ Biñan vs Kaya
Match 3: June 1 venue (TBA) vs Airforce
Match 4: June 15 @ Biñan vs Mendiola
Match 5: June 19 venue (TBA) vs GAU
Match 6: June 29 @ Biñan vs Global
MANILA, Philippines – Jarvey Gayoso produced some late magic to force extra time as Ateneo scored a thrilling 2-1 win over fierce rival La Salle to reclaim the crown in the UAAP Season 81 men's football tournament Thursday, May 16, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Green Archers had looked to end a 21-year title drought after rookie Mohammad Almohjili opened the account in the 78th minute.
But Gayoso, who bagged the season MVP on top of winning his fourth straight Best Striker award, scored in what could be one of the best games of his young, decorated career.
From a Luke Alleje assist, Gayoso netted the wonderful goal – his 12th this season – early in stoppage time for the Blue Eagles to level at 1-1, sending the match to extra 30 minutes.
Skipper Julian Roxas, one of 3 graduating Ateneo players, then hit a 100th minute header off an Alleje cross to give Ateneo a 2-1 lead that it protected until the final whistle.
The Blue Eagles won their second crown in 3 years and eighth overall.
Ateneo now also leads its finals head-to-head tally versus La Salle, 3-2, with the Katipunan side taking the last two meetings.
AJ Arcilla, who produced key saves for the Eagles in extra time, was named Best Goalkeeper, while the Rookie of the Year honors went to Shanden Vergara of the Archers.
La Salle's Yoshi Koizumi and Jed Diamante bagged the Best Defender and Best Midfielder awards, respectively, while University of Santo Tomas won the Fair Play award.
Aside from Roxas, Rupert Baña and Jeremiah Rocha ended their UAAP careers as champions. – Rappler.com
MANILA, Philippines – La Salle topped Far Eastern University, 2-0, in the UAAP women's football final to capture a record 11th championship on Thursday, May 16, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
After a goalless first half, the Lady Booters went on attack mode as Rocelle Mendaño opened the scoring with a 54th minute header while rookie Shai Del Campo netted her 10th goal of the season with a 79th minute strike that iced the win and the three-peat.
Sara Castañeda, La Salle's heart and soul, was named the season MVP.
"I'm very happy and very thankful that I got the chance to play for this team," said Castañeda, who also won Best Midfielder. "I don't think we thought of the championship so much. More of us, we try to play our best in every game."
Del Campo won the Rookie of the Year and Best Striker honors, while her teammate Tashka Lacson bagged the Best Goalkeeper award.
Hannah Pachejo of the Lady Tamaraws took the Best Defender plum, while the Lady Booters claimed the Fair Play award.
University of Santo Tomas, last season's losing finalist, finished 3rd place. – Rappler.com
The Philippines Football League (PFL) will finally kick off on May 25 with seven clubs in the fold, following the Philippine Football Federation’s (PFF) decision to grant Mendiola FC and Philippine Air Force club licenses that will allow both squads to vie in the competition.
PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes said Mendiola and Air Force were granted provisional licenses by the federation just like Green Archers United, which joins pioneer clubs Ceres Negros, Kaya-Iloilo, Global and Stallion Laguna this season.
The PFF had to salvage the competition after the PPL defied the federation’s directive by allowing Mendiola and Air Force to play despite the absence of a club license.
The PPL only had five clubs, which was later reduced to four when Ceres decided to also withdraw from the competition.
Gastanes said the PFF will use the PFL to determine which clubs to nominate for AFC competitions next year.
The Philippine Football Federation has accepted the invitation of Chinese Football Association for an International Friendly between the Philippine Men’s “A” National Team and the China PR Men’s “ A” National Team on 7 June 2019 in Guangzhou, China PR.
The friendly match will be held during the FIFA International Match Window and will be the Philippines’ first official match following their maiden run in the AFC Asian Cup last January 2019.
This will be the 24th overall meeting between the two countries since 1913. Their last match was during the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 group stages. China PR won that match, 3-0.
Following the friendly, the Philippines “A” team will have a practice match against a local club on 9 June 2019 in Guangdong Province, China PR.
The matches will serve as part of the team’s preparation for the much anticipated Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 / AFC Asian Cup 2023 which begins in September 2019.
Ceres-Negros FC fell to 0-1 defeat at home against Becamex Binh Duong last May 15 at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City. Wander Luiz scored and unlikely goal late in the match to seal their qualification to the knockout rounds.
It was the visitors who had the earliest chance to go ahead after was penalty was awarded to Becamex by the referee. Ahn Duhc stepped in for the visitors but he missed his attempt shooting a yard wide of the most.
Victor Mansaray had the first chance on goal from a distance but Roland Muller easily collected the shot. OJ Porteria had his own shot into the bottom corner but Tan Truong did well for the save.
Both teams were playing tight as chances were a few and far between in the remainder of the first half. A chance from Luiz from outside the box midway didnt bother Muller while a shot from Miguel Tanton went over the bar.
Porteria had a clean chance from distance in the 41st but the shot was off target. The half finished with both teams still scoreless.
It was the visitors who showed the most urgency in the second half as a well timed run allowed Luiz for a volley but his strike was well over the bar. The Brazilian found the back of the net in the 50th after a breakaway header but the assistant referee found the striker offside.
Ceres-Negros found the back of the net five minutes later when Carlie De Murga volleyed the ball off a rebound in a corner but the other assistant referee ruled the play offside even when a defender was behind the Ceres veteran.
Needing a win to make it in the semis, the Vietnam club pushed the tempo in the final thirty with To Van Vu and Max putting the Ceres keeper at work.
The home squad had a good chance off a volley from Bienvenido Maranon but the Vietnamese keeper did very well to prevent the goal. OJ Porteria redirected a Stephan Schrock delivery but it didn’t bother Tan Truong.
t was two minutes from time when the visitors went ahead after Luiz dispossessed substitute Joshua Dutosme before releasing a floating ball that was too far ahead for Roland Muller.
The busmen tried to get a goal back but it wasnt enough as Becamex went away with the win and joined Ceres-Negros in the ASEAN semifinals.
The result meant that Becamex Binh Duong will face PSM Makassar in the other semifinal while Ceres will tussle with former rivals in Hanoi FC. The first leg of the semifinal will be held in Bacolod on June 18 while the return leg in Hanoi is set on June 25.
Sean Kane made his first start of the season in matchday five when the busmen traveled to Myanmar to play Shan United. The versatile defender did well in the away match contributing to another clean sheet for the Philippine squad.
The former Philippine International wants to pick up where they left off especially in the final match of the group stage where they will have a shot of history in the ASEAN Zone.
“Obviously, we want to maintain our winning streak,” said the 28-year old. “Especially for me, getting ninety minutes against Shan United was very important because it makes me more prepared for this game.”
Ceres-Negros will match up against the second best team in the group whom they snatched a victory away in Binh Duong. Kane knows too well of the coming challenge ahead and is ready to face the Vietnamese squad.
“It will be a tough game (against Becamex), tougher against Shan but thankfully the teams and I will be more prepared when we face them at home,” he added.
The Ceres-Becamex match is scheduled at 8PM with tickets available at the bleachers gates. It will also be shown live on 5PLUS and Fox Sports channels and the ESPN5 YouTube channel.
After six matches, Kaya-Iloilo Football Club’s inconsistent performance in the continent culminated in a premature exit in the 2019 AFC Cup group stage.
Needing a win to keep alive their hopes of qualifying to the knockouts, the LBC-backed club instead suffered a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Singapore Premier League team Home United, Tuesday evening at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
The result relegates Kaya to 3rd place with eight points after Home leapfrogged them to 2nd place with 10 points. The latter finish as runners-up of Group H and earn a slim chance of advancing to the Zonal semi-finals.
Kaya finish their AFC Cup stint with two each of wins, draws, and losses after six matchdays.
Noel Marcaida’s men endured the worst possible start in a football game when they conceded a goal just moments after the referee blew his whistle to start the match.
Midfielder Adam Swandi took advantage of some lackluster defending from the visiting team. The 23-year-old found himself with space and shot past former Azkals goalkeeper Louie Casas to break the deadlock.
Kaya then tried to respond, but Home goalie Rudy Khairullah denied Jordan Mintah’s cheeky attempt with a great stop. Mintah’s missed proved costly for the Filipinos, as defender Abdil Qaiyyim headed in his side’s second goal in the 18th minute off a set-piece.
With their qualification hopes hanging by a thread, Kaya had no choice but to push forward in the second half. Mintah, Connor Tacagni, and skipper Jovin Bedic all had their sniffs at goal, but none of them successfully found the back of the net as Home celebrated its most vital win in the competition so far.
CHONBURI (14 May 2019) – The Philippines made the cut to the final four of the AFF Under-16 Girls Championship 2019 when they thrashed Timor Leste 12-0 in their final tie of Group A that was played this evening at the Institute of Physical Education Stadium.
With Vietnam already confirming their position at group winners, the Philippines just needed a draw to make the next round.
But the joy of scoring was just too much in the Philippines side as they took control of the game right from the start and where they were always on the hunt for goals.
It took them just seven minutes to get on to the score sheet with Bianca Remis Sy making a fine finish from close.
From then on, Sy never looked back as she gave the small band of Philippines plenty to cheer as she added further goals in the 18th, 49th and 51st minute.
Substitite striker Lanie Ortillo added a hat trick with goals in the 54th, 55th and 80th minute.
The other goals for the Philippines were scored by Chenny Danoso in the 23rdminute, Celestine Bravo Luna 65th minute and Jonalyn Lucban in the 79thminute.
With their place in the next round confirmed, the Philippines will have to wait for what will happen in Group B before they will know who their opponents will be.
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CHONBURI (10 May 2019) – Tran Nhat Lan landed a double to deliver Vietnam they first three points in Group A of the AFF Under15 Girls’ Championship 2019 that was played this evening at the Institute of Physical Education Stadium.
Following from Myanmar’s big win over Timor Leste earlier, the battle between Vietnam and the Philippines were end to end as both teams were all eager in search of their first full points.
But while the Philippines were cool, calm and collected against a well organised team like Vietnam, it was obvious that they were having trouble to get into their opponent’s backline.
And with Pham Thanh Huyen having a good control of the midfield, the Philippines were struggling to get more presence in the last quarter of the pitch.
Bui Thi Thuong tested Philippines keeper Maria Andrea Evangelista early in the sixth minute that was blocked while some moments later, it was Nhat Lan’s turn with a first timer.
In the 24th minute, Philippines had their first look at goal but Angely Alterez’s attempt went wide even though custodian Le Thi Tra My was off position.
Howevere, there was no denying Nhat Lan Vietnam’s first goal of the game when she fired in from the right to totally catch Maria flat footed.
With the score to Vietnam’s advantage in the first half, the Philippines upped their game after the breather but again, they just could not find their way through against a well-disciplined Vietnam backline.
And as their frustration grew, it was Vietnam who went ahead again in the 62ndminute of play with Nhat Lan firing in from the edge of the box that came down the Philippines crossbar and into goal.