Ceres FC downs Global, 7-1 nears PFL title

Veteran keeper Michael Casas in his final practice with Ceres Negros FC at Ceres FC North Field. (Stephen Tan Photo)

THE Ceres-Negros FC is just a win away of securing its back-to-back title in the Philippines Football League following a 7-1 blow against Global Cebu FC played over the weekend at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

Bienvenido Marañon topscored for Busmen with a brace as 5 others contributed a goal each.

Marañon opened Busmen scoring in the 18th minute on a penalty after Manny Ott was fouled inside the box as newly-signed Curt Dizon scored his debut goal 2 minutes later with a strong attack against Global defenders from the left flank near the goal mouth.

But, Global succeeded to limit the Busmen’s offensive run to hold 2-goal down at the half.

However, Marañon earned his second goal at the start for the second half off a pass from new recruit Australian striker Blake Powell but, Jinggoy Valmayor scored a header over Toni Doblas to cut the lead, 3-1.

But, Powell, OJ Porteria, Omid Nazari and skipper Martin Steuble completed Busmen’s scoring spree.

The win gave Ceres FC its 16th victory in 21 matches, and is a game closer for another title.

Meanwhile, amid Ceres FC victorious run this season, they have also released one of their veteran keepers Louie Michael Casas.

The Danao, Cebu –native Casas has finally signed off serving Ceres FC after with the club for 6 years with 54 appearances.

“It’s been the best ride. Thank you Ceres Negros FC. To the management, the players and most of all to boss LRY, thank you for giving me the chance to represent the club with pride,” said the 32-year-old custodian.

When asked his reaction after the release, Casas responded that “it’s football.” On what team he will be moving to, the Cebuano-born player remained uncertain. “Let’s see what’s next,” he ended.*

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