After a heartbreaking loss in the Maldives, Ceres-La Salle FC made amends and dispatched Pachanga-Diliman FC 3-0 in their second game in the United Football League. Showing a revitalized attacking display, the Bacolod squad bossed around the Diliman side by dominating possession and creating multiple chances from the get go.
Ceres’ Adrian Gallardo Valdes had the first crack on goal when his free kick went straight to the Diliman keeper. Pachanga’s Reuben Silitonga had a chance in the 13th minute but his shot was saved by Ceres keeper Louis Michael Casas.
It took 21 minutes and a host of chances before Ceres broke the deadlock with a Patrick Reichelt goal. Reichelt received a wonder cross from Orman Okunaiya to head in a beauty and seal the advantage for his team. The Bacolod squad went on to control possession and started a beautiful passing game which resulted to a shot from Kyum Son Cho which was saved by the Pachanga’s Steve Yambou Eladji in the 27th. Manny Ott fired a sublime free kick in the 31st but it hit the underside of the crossbar.
The last chance of the half came to Ceres in th 41st as Okunaiya dribbled inside the box from the right flank, only to see his strike go over the bar. Pachanga had some chances to score but poor finishing kept them from getting the rare equalizer. The half ended with Ceres getting 61 percent of the possession and having a lions share of shots on goal.
The start second half was a different story with Ceres having a hard time getting through the defense Pachanga attempting a fightback with their quick counterattacks. Jeong Woo Lee had the best chance in the 63rd minute to equalize when he broke away and found himself on a one-on-one situation but Casas made a beautiful save to maintain the advantage.
Both teams traded shots in the 65th minute when Silitonga shot wide of the post and Juani Guirado had his weak shot saved by the keeper. Ceres doubled their advantage in the 78th with great teamwork. Substitute Angelo Marasigan recovered a long cross from Okunaiya deep in the goal line and cleverly lofted the ball to an open Manny Ott who calmly headed the ball out of the keepers reach in th 78th minute.
The last goal came in the 89th minute when a through ball was given to a streaking Patrick Reichelt who took a shot that was initially saved by the goalkeeper but the ball spun out of his hands and was recovered quickly by Marasigan to seal the 3-0 win for Ceres.
With the win Ceres moves into 5th place with only two games played and are still unbeaten in the league. They play Phillipine Army on Tuesday for their third match. Pachanga meanwhile drops to last place with four losses under their belt but are expected to have a better performance after the return of their UAAP players.