Ceres-La Salle FC banked ended their campaign with a comprehensive 5-0 win against Stallion Gilligans FC. Spanish striker Adrian Gallardo scored four goals to lead the scoring for the Bacolod-based team.
Ceres Captain Juani Guirado had a header in the 2nd minute to start the action. Ceres controlled the action early with multiple chances from Dodz Pasinabo, J Baguioro, and Nate Burkey.
Stallion did have some brief spells in attack with the best one coming from Simone Rota with a close shot from a very narrow angle. Most of Stallions counterattacks were easily snuffed out by Ceres.
Stallion keeper Ref Cuaresma had a busy few minutes after saving a Jayson Panhay free kick and a close range header from Gallardo. The Gilligan’s backed squad had their best chance when Nguene Landry stole te nall in the middle of the park and attempted to chip the ball over Ed Sacapano. The shot however was well over the bar in the 24th.
Marwin Angeles banged the crossbar in the 25th which was followed up by a Pasinabo rebound which skied over.
In the 30th, Gallardo broke the offside trap and flicked the ball over the onrushing keeper towards the goal. The Stallions cleared the ball from the line but the linesman saw the ball crossing over the goal line.
Ceres dominated the possession and were rewarded a goal in injury time from Nate Burkey. Gallardo went deep near the goal line drawing the keeper to his side and floated a pass to a wide open Nate Burkey.
Three minutes after the restart, Ceres made it a 3-0 advantage with Gallardo breaking the offside trap again to take his second.
Stallion started to press after the goal and were rewarded a free kick on the edge of the box. Simone Rota struck low with power but the ball hit the bottom post in the 61st.
It was open from then on as both teams had chances in goal. Gallardo shot straight to the keeper while another free kick from Rota was saved by Ed Sacapano.
Gallardo completed a hat trick in in the 81st after Orman Okunaya made a deep solo run distracting the keeeper and freeing Gallardo for the tap in.
It was deja vu ten minutes after as Okunaiya again went deep and found Gallardo to earn his 2nd assist.
Ceres now turns its focus to its AFC Cup Playoff match with Maldivian side Maziya FC on Feb 17 and their debut in the UFL First Division against Manila Jeepney on February 7.
Many thanks to Ceres FC Assistant Coach Ian Treyes for the photos.