Ceres-La Salle trumps Socceroo, claims first UFL Division 1 League title

Division 1 newcomers Ceres-La Salle FC claimed its first UFL Division 1 title after earning three points with a 6-0 win against Team Socceroo last July 25, 2015 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The win gave them a 12-point gap with only 3 games left for their next three contenders.   

 Nate Burkey topscored with 2 goals followed by Orman Okuinaya, Marwin Angeles, and Jeff Christaens with one apiece.  

It took three shots hitting the crossbar, a ton of chances, and 40 minutes before Ceres took the lead in the first half thru a Socceroo own goal.  Okunaiya’s shot from close range took was redirected by Socceroo’s Arnel Casil towards goal. 

Burkey doubled the advantage in injury time after scoring from the penalty spot.  The referee pointed to the spot after Burkey was pushed on an attempt.  The call was protested by Socceroo to no avail.

  
The Ceres striker completed a brace in the 49th after outsmarting the defenders who thought he was offside. He slotted the ball past Sampana for the 3-0 lead.

Okunaiya scored a golazo in the 60th minute to the delight of the Ceres Fans. The ball found its way to Okunaiya who was twenty yards away at the right flank curled in a ball towards the top left corner.

Marwin Angeles made it five in the 74th after a strike from top of the box. The shot was just strong enough tonget a touch from keepers gloves before it slowly rolled in the far post.

  
The lead became six after a good passing sequence from Jayson Panhay and Kyum Son Cho found Christaens alone in the box.  The former Azkals made no mistake and slotted to ball for the 6-0 lead.

Winning the league guarantees them a spot in the group stages of the 2016 AFC Cup, a tournament which saw them crash out of the playoff early this year.

  

The Bacolod squad littered with Azkals standouts, ace foreigners, and topclass homegrown talent only needed a draw to win the title with two more games to spare in the league.

Ceres has won three UFL titles so far after being last year’s Division 2 League and FA League Cup winners.  The newly crowned champions will still play Stallion and Jeepney to complete their league assignments while they wait for the resumption of the 2015 UFL Cup.

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