An early hat-trick by Adrian Gallardo Valdes set the tone for Ceres-La Salle’s 5-0 win over Pachanga-Diliman FC in the United Football League First Division last June 23 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
It didn’t take long for the tie to be broken as Ceres found the back of the net four minutes after kickoff when a Jeff Christaens corner skipped all the way to the second post to a waiting Gallardo. The spanish striker didn’t waste the chance to put one past Steve Yambo.
The Bacolod squad put on the pressure as newcomer Bienve Maranon had a golden chance blocked by the Pachanga defense in the 11th. He again found space five minutes after but his shot went straight to Yambo.
Pachanga had its first chance when Gerardo Valmayor shot from twenty yards in the 26th minute but was wide if the post.
The Bacolod squad still owned the play and had consecutive chances ruled offside.
In the 33rd, Nate Burkey forced a cross from the goal line and the ball ended up with Maranon who unselfishly lays off to Gallardo who got his 2nd after blasting it to the top corner.
Valmayor again tried his luck in the 35th with a quick turn and shot at the edge of the box but it was easily saved by Ceres’ Ed Sacapano.
Gallardo made it 3-0 one minute after when Maru Angeles beat the offside trap from the right wing where assisted Gallardo who slotted it in the bottom corner.
Jist before halftime, Pachanga’s Anto Gonzales injured his ankle after inadvertently colliding with Juani Guirado.
Gallardo made it 4-0 in the 58th minute when he broke free in the right wing and put another one past the Diliman goal.
The spanish forward missed the previous game against Loyola due to uniform issues but picked up where he left off to solidify his spot as the league’s top scorer.
In the 68th, Pachange had a golden chance in the counter attack led by Valmayor. The San Carlos native cut the ball back to Stephen Permanes who released the ball to Danial Gadia. Gadia however was found wanting with his poor finish.
Things got more interesting in the end when Nate Burkey rounded out the Pachanga keeper only for his succeeding strike to be cleared off the line by Reuben Silitonga in the 84th minute.
Lee had his shot saved by Yambo after getting a “Rabona” pass from compatriate Kyum Son Cho.
Ceres however closed the deal one minute after injury time when Arnie Pasinabo assisted Lee to complete the 5-0 route of the Diliman Squad. IVG