2016 UFL Cup Quarterfinals Preview

Stallion FC vs Green Archers FC

Players to watch:
STA: Jordan Mintah, Fitch Arboleda, Balot Doctora
GAU: Chieffy Caligdong, Gary Epesso, Lee Joo Young

Jordan Mintah is still a reliable goal scoring machine and together with new attacking options in Josh Beloya and Ashley Flores, Stallion will be a different animal to match up with in the quarterfinals. Chieffy Caligdong is leading the way for the Archers as the team’s spark plug, ably supported by influential players such as Garry Epesso and Lee Joo Young. Lee has been playing a more central role, far from his usual wing role while Epesso is the new target man filling in for the spot vacated by Rober Lopez-Mendy.

Stallion has breezed through the competition, topping Group A with an unblemished record of five wins and zero losses. The Gilligans-backed squad had their toughest challenge in the first week against Kaya, scoring a slim 1-0 victory. After which, they completed the eliminations with big wins against lesser squads.

The Archers meanwhile had a difficult elimination round having to face Ceres, Global, and Loyola in the group of death. The Green and White squad would often perform very well in the first hour but would fade in the end allowing their tormentors to snatch the wins from them. This was evident in the games against the higher seeded teams.

Both squads have been the standard bearers for homegrown player development the past two years allowing local talents to shine in the UFL. Stallion has the edge with a more youthful core while the Archers considered the veteran squad. If the Archers can keep up for a full ninety, they can steal this game and move on to the next round. With a long break from tough competition, Stallion FC just needs the correct fitness and focus to progress to the semifinals.

Advantage: Stallion FC

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Loyola FC vs Kaya FC

Players to watch:
LMS: Alvaro Castiella, Jason de Jong, James Younghusband
KAY: Robert Lopez-Mendy, Aly Borromeo, OJ Porteria

Castiella is a phenomenal signing for the Sparks scoring plenty of goals in the group stages.  De Jong is his usual tenacious self providing the coverage and physicality in the midfield.  James Younghusband has been a true captain in the eliminations after filling in on key positions for his team.  Lopez-Mendy has been on a tear in the UFL Cup group stages but his team has learned to play better without him in the UFL Cup.  Aly Borromeo has been silently working his way to goals even as a centerback while Porteria has been on point this season with his shooting and passing.

Loyola came into the Cup knowing full well that the extent of their pre-season injuries would force them to field an untested side. This however was a blessing in disguise as it allowed unknown gems like Kou Belgira to flourish while the team slowly recovered from injuries. The Meralco-backed squad still relied heavily on experienced players like De Jong, Castiella, and James to get the desired results.

Kaya was also a team-in-transition similar to Loyola. The LBC-backed squad started a youth movement with their acquisitions and the weaker Group A allowed these players to familiarize themselves more with their teammates. This was evident in their AFC Cup performances where Kaya has grown overnight and now have six points to show in the first three games.

Loyola has the chance to snatch a win if they get most of their injured players in full fitness including Phil Younghusband who has logged zero game minutes this year.  Kaya though has the clear advantage in this matchup after scoring wins against Asian squads even without Lopez-Mendy and Louis Clark who’s still recovering from an injury.

Advantage: Kaya FC

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JP Voltes FC vs Global FC

Players to watch:
JPV: Masaki Yanagawa, Yu Hoshide, Takashi Odawara
GLO: Omid Nazari, Matthew Hartmann, Daisuke Sato

Yanagawa has been dominating for JP Voltes this season.  After a move from Global with Yu Hoshide, he has been controlling the back while scoring goals for his squad.  Hoshide has been pulling the strings in the group stages as both midfielder and playing coach. Odawara is clearly the team’s best offensive player partnering well with Hoshide to score convincing wins for the Japan-Philippines team.

Newcomer Omid Nazari has shown quality over the group stages and was dangerous together with Matt Hartmann on the attack.  Sato has returned from his Japan trial along with renewed quality and fitness.  His return has made an impact after his team started out slow in this competition.

JP Voltes has won games convincingly against other teams but has clearly struggled against the top clubs in Kaya and Stallion.  Global has been on a tear after beating Ceres convincingly in their final group match.  The renewed hunger from Global makes them hard to beat especially in the money stages.

Advantage: Global FC

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Ceres-La Salle FC vs Forza FC

Players to watch:
CER: Adrian Gallardo, Stephan Shrock, Martin Steuble
FOR: Arvin Gaspe, Kyul Park, Rhon Reyes

2015 UFL League topscorer, Adrian Gallardo has been on a spree lately scoring big goals in the AFC Cup.  Shrock has been as good as advertised while Steuble has on point this season for the Bacolod-based club.  Local Boys Gaspe and Reyes have shown that they are threats while Park has been the consistent bright spot for the Alabang club.

Forza has been lucky to reach the quarterfinals as both of their wins came from opponents’ mistakes such as the own-goal win against Agila MSA and the default of Laos FC.  Ceres will have the luxury to rest their players for the long grind ahead as the knockout stages will only last for eight days.

Advantage: Ceres-La Salle FC

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2016 UFL Cup Match Week 4

Things have settled in Match week 4 of the 2016 UFL Cup and the results provided plenty of talking points in the Philippines’ first club tournament this year.

Ceres-La Salle FC 3 – 2 Green Archers United FC

After coming off a tough 2-2 draw against Selangor, Coach Ali Go opted to rotate his players against the Archers featuring a different starting eleven. The Archers meanwhile where parading stand-in coach in Hans-Peter Smit.  The DLSU mentor stood in for Coach Rodolfo Alicante and Team Manager Monchu Garcia who were both unavailable.  Ceres as expected were controlling possession and shots but the Archers were in keen on getting a result to improve their standings for the quarterfinals.  The result however was not in their favor as Chieffy Caligdong’s deficit-cutting goal was not enough.  The Archers will be facing top seed Kaya in the quarterfinals while Ceres will take on surprise quarterfinalists Forza in a month’s time.

JP Voltes FC 0 – 4 Kaya FC

After succumbing to a soft penalty in Hong Kong, the reigning champions turned their ire to the upstarts in JP Voltes. Coach Chris Greatwich stuck to his AFC Cup eleven, a full change to his experiments in the previous games.  Kaya came out swinging and the Japanes-Filipino team just couldn’t keep up. JP Voltes missed their starting centerbacks in Camelo Tacusalme and Masaki Yanagawa to various reasons and it showed in the game.  Voltes leaked four goals far from their 1-2 performance against the group leading Stallion.

Loyola FC 0 – 2 Global FC

It seems like the new look Global squad is already settling in and it showed against Loyola. Newcomers in Kofi Kouassi, Milan Nikolic, Serge Kaole, and Omid Nazari are fitting in well with the mainstays en route to the win.  The Sparks however are just trying to get their gears back after a wave of injuries have hit the team at the start of the cup.  The orange men are awaiting the return of Simon Greatwich and Phil Younghusband who are expected to suit up in their final group match.  Global played with urgency against Loyola, unlike their first three games where they seemed to be uninterested at most times.  The return of talismanic defender Daisuke Sato may have had a positive  effect to the squad.  The Azkals player is one of the leaders in the squad and his presence may have rubbed off the right way.

Forza FC 1 – 9 Stallion FC

Stallion Coach Ernie Nierras shuffled his squad allowing players like GK Andrew Tan and Bo Bae Park to start the match. Forza meanwhile still had most of their bench playing in the UAAP and stuck with the same first eleven.  The Alabang squad were unlucky to lose their starting keeper after a red card which meant that Stallion were gonna run away as winners. The Gilligans-backed squad is expected to top group A arranging a quarterfinal showdown with Green Archers.

Nomads FC 0 -4 Pasargad FC

In a battle of the bottom teams in a stacked Group B, Pasargad finally earned a deserving win in this years UFL Cup.  Scoring against Loyola was a mean feat and Pasargad finally had the chance to strut their stuff.  Mohammed Camara may have scored the goals but their most exciting player in Jangobah “Magic” Johnson is someone to watch out for if they join the league.  Nomads passed on their final chance for a win in this tournament, a tournament that they should forget.  Playing against the big boys is tough and having a developmental team in tow may cause more harm than good to the young players.

Agila MSA FC 1 – 1 Laos FC

The result meant that both teams are eliminated from the quarterfinals.  Agila was particularly impressive in this UFL Cup as they have shown discipline against the tougher teams in most parts of the games.  Laos was a disappointment in this tournament, highlighted by their defaulted match against Forza.  Gone was the magic in winning Division 2 last year and the transfer window this April will be their only chance to make amends.

2015 UFL Cup Semifinal Preview

Its knockout season once again in the United Football League and The Perfect Pass presents its semifinal preview of the Philippines’ top cup competition.

SF1: Kaya vs Stallion

Head to Head
12-04-2015 Kaya FC 0 – Stallion FC
26-07-2015 Stallion FC – 1 Kaya FC

Last 2 Cup Games
Kaya
vs Nomads 10:1
vs JP Voltes 8:0

Stallion
vs Socceroo 8:0
vs Pachanga 5:0

Analysis
Both teams have been hot the last two games as they have been scoring from left and right producing astronomical scorelines against their opponents.  Kaya has been riding high on Tishan Hanley to score the goals even while ace winger Louis Clark is out injured.  Stallion meanwhile are banking on the combination of Reuben Doctora Jr and Jordan Mintah for their attack and have consistently gotten results from them.

Kaya has a slight advantage on the midfield with seasoned veterans in Chris Greatwich, OJ Porteria, and Alfred Osei while Stallion uses their young but dependable guns in Fitch Arcoleda and Nate Alquiros and veterans in Christian Nana and Simone Rota.  The Ernie Nierras-mentored squad have used multiple midfield combinations the whole year while Kaya have been pretty consistent of their mids from the start.

Defense for both have been fairly even with Stallion having a slight advantage with a veteran keeper in Johann Neotzel.  Stallion though have a yellow card situation with Doctora, Mintah, and Serge Kaole having yellow cards in the quarterfinal and Ian Araneta and Christian Nana in the round of sixteen,. Kaya meanwhile only have a suspension from Jorge Butron who was given a red card two games earlier.

Keys to Victory
Kaya
The LBC-backed squad has been in adjustment the two weeks after their interim manager had to leave for personal reasons and with Clark and Joshua Beloya out the last game.  It took a while for them to score against JP Voltes but when they scored, the flood gates opened which saw a relentless Kaya attack for 90+ minutes.  Kaya must make the most out of the ascendancy of Hanley’s scoring and deal with Stallions physicality to get a result from this game. Getting Louis Clark back would be a big plus as it would set the game to a faster pace.  Kaya’s defense must consistent enough to cover Stallions counters and chances created from set pieces.

Stallion
The Iloilo-affiliated squad has been exceptional this year escpecially when playing Kaya.  Their known physicality has dampened Kaya’s energy in their two games.  Stallion have always started out well in their games most of the time taking the lead early in the match. But as seen in some games, the energy seemed to drift at the end where their opponents take advantage and erase the victories from them. If Stallion can maintain their quality for ninety minutes and get at least two early goals, they will find themselves in the final come Friday.

Match Prediction
It will be tough as both teams are fairly even at this point.  Kaya has been scoring well of late but the quality of the opposition would render it meaningless.  Stallion have had a better test against a tough Pachanga-Diliman squad. The game will be a high scoring affair with Stallion edging out Kaya after extra time.

SF2: Ceres-La Salle vs Loyola

Head to Head
11-04-2015 Ceres La Salle FC 5 – 2 Loyola Meralco Sparks
20-06-2015 Loyola Meralco Sparks 1 – 6 Ceres La Salle FC

Last 2 Cup Games
Ceres
vs UST FC 7:0
vs Archers 5:0

Loyola
vs Mendiola 5:0
vs Jeepney 3:0

Analysis
The two teams have barged in to the semifinals with convincing victories with Ceres scoring an average of six goals while Loyola has four.  Ceres’ league top scorer in Adrian Gallardo has left for his home country but Lee Jeong Woo has easily taken his place and scored the opener for Ceres in the semis.  Loyola’s Bradley Grayson meanwhile has brought a complimentary game to Phil Younghusband providing added speed and goalscoring. Its fairly even up top with Lee teaming up with Patrick Reichelt versus Loyola’s duo.

The midfield though is a different story as Ceres is loaded in all aspects.  Azkals standouts in Manny Ott and Martin Steuble occupy the middle and Bienve Marañon and Orman Okunaiya in the flanks.  Loyola has high quality wingers in Lee Joo Young and the returning Napo Bustillo but they might just cancel out with Ceres’ wings leaving hte Bacolod squads advantage and familiarity in the central midfield.

Both teams have a fairly even defense boasting of tough centerbacks but both defense’s have been struggling against very quick attackers, something they both have.  Goalkeeping will be a key battle as Loyola’s Tomas Trigo, who will be awarded the league’s Best Keeper after having more clean sheets, will be pitted against Louis Michael Casas, who allowed the least number of goals this season.

Ceres has Marañon, Ott, and Reichelt on yellows while Loyola has Jorel Arisorenas, Grayson, James Younghusband, Simon Greatwhich, and Joaco Cañas

Keys to Victory
Ceres
The Vallacar Transit squad had an uninspired outing against Green Archers in the quarters as it took a while for them to gain control of the midfield and score.  When Ceres plays with urgency, nothing is impossible for them.  The Bacolod squad however should unlock the Loyola defense from the build up as the latter will definitely use a lower defensive line to cancel out Ceres’ counter attack.

Loyola
The Meralco-backed squad will need to bring their A game into play as they chase for a return to the UFL Cup final.  In their last league outing, Loyola banked on a high defensive line which was heavily exploited by Ceres for six straight goals.  This will not happen again.  Bustillo and Lee will need to be at their best to showcase what was missing from Loyola’s attack from their two previous outings to compliment Phil Younghusband and Grayson up front.  The Loyola center halves would need to push themselves to cancel out their counterparts in order to get a favorable result for this match.

Match Prediction
The previous matches in the league this year will not matter in this game.  Loyola is highly motivated to capture a spot in the final to have a chance for an AFC Cup playoff berth while Ceres will go on its quest for a double.  This game will be a tough defensive battle as Ceres will claim a slim victory over their toughest opponent yet.

2015 UFL Cup Quarterfinals Preview

Its knockout season once again in the United Football League and The Perfect Pass presents its quarterfinal preview of the Philippines’ top cup competition.

QF1: Kaya vs JP Voltes

Kaya destroyed a hastily formed Nomads squad 10-1 while JP Voltes did away Pasargard with a 2-1 win. With both squads boasting of good offensive players, the focus will be on the defense where Kaya is more dominant and Voltes is still untested.

Match Prediction:  Kaya is just too strong for the recent first division promotee’s boasting of a solid frontline and a veteran midfield and defense. It will not be close.

Final Score: Kaya 4 – 1 JP Voltes

QF2: Ceres-La Salle vs Green Archers United

Ceres is coming out from 7-0 win against UST  while the Archers won by default over Agila.  The League champions are facing the Archers for the fourth time this year and the second time in the UFL Cup. The Bacolod squad have swept all their matches against United with their last game seeing a 7-0 drubbing of their fellow La Salle squad.

Match Prediction: It will be very difficult for the Archers as the recent default of their round of 16 bye with Agila will affect match fitness and sharpness for the players. Ceres meanwhile have already shook off their league-break cobwebs enroute to their big win.

Final Score: Ceres-La Salle 3-0 Green Archers United

QF3: Loyola vs Manila Jeepney

Two of the most interesting first division teams are slugging it out for this semifinals spot.  Loyola coming off a win streak ending the league while Jeepney just made a mark with its 2-1 win against Div 1 champions Ceres.  Loyola had the upper hand in their last meeting with a 2-0 win in the second half of the league.

Match Prediction: It will be a good match but Loyola with its big guns will come out in top.

Final Score: Loyola 3-1 Manila Jeepney

QF4: Stallion vs Pachanga-Diliman

Stallion dispatched Team Socceroo to the tune of 8-0 while Pachanga-Diliman performed well against Laos scoring a 2-0 win.  Both matches in the league this Season went in favor of Stallion with 3-1 and 1-0 wins.

Match Prediction:  With Pachanga’s inspired performance in their last outing, this game will be close.  The quarterfinal match will reach extra time with Stallion edging Pachanga in the end.

Final Score: Stallion 2-1 Pachanga-Diliman (AET)

July-August 2015 UFL Power Rankings

The Perfect Pass presents the final edition of the 2015 United Football League Power Rankings.  This monthly feature will showcase who’s hot and who’s not in the Philippines’ top football league.

 

#9 Team Socceroo [ Last month: #9 ]

0 Points (0 Wins, 0 Draws, 5 Losses)

With no wins to show for in the last few weeks allowing 25 goals in the process, the Paranaque based squad will have a lot to work on for next years competition.  Socceroo will have to shape up with Laos FC coming into the first division.

#8 Pachanga-Diliman [ Last month: #8 ]
4 Points (1 Wins, 1 Draw, 3 Losses)

The Diliman-based squad earned four points with a win against Socerroo and a high scoring draw against Jeepney with all losses coming from the the top teams.  Pachanga has shown some flashes of brilliance this season considering many of their players shift from their day jobs to the league during game days.

#7 Green Archers United [ Last month: #1 ]
4 points (1 Win, 1 Draws, 3 Losses)

The Archers were brought down to earth this period as tough fixtures against the league’s top teams.  Though trailing with Pachanga in goal difference, United is up in the rankings because of their impressive draw with Stallion which eased the title race in Ceres’ favor.

#6 Manila Jeepney [ Last month: #3 ]
5 Points (1 Win, 2 Draws, 2 Losses)

Though falling to three places from last months ranking, Jeepney continued to surprise with their league altering draw with Global and their second round finale defeat of Ceres.  There is still some improvement needed defensively for them to push for a better place next season.

#5 Stallion [ Last month: #6 ]
7 points (2 Wins, 1 Draw, 2 Losses)

Up one spot in the rankings, Stallion will have a lot to think about as points dropped in the first half of June made a big difference for their title aspirations considering they were in second place after the first round.  Though the finish is not what they wanted, the team is still commendable for their trust in young players throughout the tournament.

#4 Kaya [ Last month: #5 ]
9 points (3 Wins, 0 Draws, 3 Losses)

Kaya had a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde performance this period which did not help them with their title aspirations.  The LBC squad lost in their final chance for a league title after being beaten by eventual champions Ceres in their July meeting but their narrow losses against Stallion and Global made it difficult for them to lock the number two spot.

#3 Global [ Last month: #4 ]
12 points (3 Wins, 3 Draws, 0 Losses)

Coming from behind to draw Ceres was a great feat, but their draw with Jeepney became their stumbling block from snatching away the title.  Though being unbeaten for the last six games put them in 2nd place, the result of the current protest against them may have an effect on the final order of the league.

#2 Ceres-La Salle [ Last month: #2 ]
13 points (4 Wins, 1 Draw, 1 Loss)

With Ceres allowing Global to come back and draw them, the title race became interesting early July.  But due to results of other matches, Ceres virtually sealed the deal when they disposed of a tough Kaya squad.  Their final day loss against Jeepney is the reason why they are just in second place.

#1 Loyola [ Last month: #7 ]
13 points (4 Wins, 1 Draw, 0 Losses)

The biggest mover of this periods rankings, Loyola have made a good account of themselves after getting good results and being unbeaten in the process.  Beating Stallion and drawing Global were the highlights giving them number one spot for the final Power Ranking period for this year.

You can also view a summarized table for the league’s Big 5 Teams here: 2015 UFL First Division Big 5 League Table

Hope you enjoyed this monthly feature. See you next year!

By Ivan Gayares (@ivangeoffrey)

June 2015 UFL Power Rankings

The Perfect Pass presents the June edition of the 2015 United Football League Power Rankings.  This monthly feature will showcase who’s hot and who’s not in the Philippines’ top football league.

#10 Philippine Army [ Last month: #10 ]
Withdrawn

The last Armed Forces squad in the First Division has pulled out from all UFL competitions.  There is still no official announcement on the matter but it is expected that only nine teams will continue to play in the first division this year.  It is safe to say that Army is already relegated to the second division.

#9 Team Socceroo [ Last month: #9 ]

0 Points (0 Wins, 0 Draws, 3 Losses)

Team Socceroo had their worst month having three successive loses from big margins with no goals to show.  The Paranaque-squad is currently at the bottom of the standings and will definitely need to improve their defense to get better results.

#8 Pachanga-Diliman [ Last month: #7 ]
1 Point (0 Wins, 1 Draw, 2 Losses)

The Diliman-based squad did lose two games with big margins this month but their surprise draw with Global is the highlight of their season sofar.  A few more surprise performances would be good for the squad.

#7 Loyola [ Last month: #5 ]
3 points (1 Win, 0 Draws, 2 Losses)

After getting another hammering from Ceres and an epic collapse against Kaya, the reigning UFL Cup winners simply had their worst month this season.  It will be hard for the Meralco squad to get back on contention for the league title and must bounce back to finish at higher position.

#6 Stallion [ Last month: #2 ]
3 points (1 Win, 0 Draws, 2 Losses)

An end game loss to Global and a surprise defeat against Jeepney means that the former #2 team is our biggest drop this month. Stallion are now at the bottom of the now 4-team horse race to the title.  The former UFL double winners would need to rekindle their first half form to have a crack on the title.

#5 Kaya [ Last month: #4 ]
3 points (1 Win, 0 Draws, 1 Loss)

The LBC-backed squad dropped one notch to #5 after splitting their June assignments.  Their 0-2 loss to the Archers have put them in a setback for the title race but their come from behind win against Loyola could jumpstart their final push for the season.

#4 Global [ Last month: #3 ]
4 points (1 Win, 1 Draws, 0 Losses)

Their come from behind win against Stallion proved to be the highlight of the month but their injury time draw with Pachanga partly negated that win.  Global’s points may be in jeopardy as the tagging of Hikaru Minigeshi as an ineligible player by Stallion Coach Ernie Nierras may be a serious issue for the squad.

#3 Manila Jeepney [ Last month: #8 ]
6 Points (2 Wins, 0 Draws, 1 Loss)

The Jeepney squad earned the highest rise for this month, highlighted by their win against title contenders Stallion FC.  It was an impressive run from the beep-beep squad who narrowly lost to the streaking Green Archers where a win would have catapulted them to a #1 rank for this month.

#2 Ceres-La Salle [ Last month: #1 ]
6 points (2 Wins, 0 Draws, 0 Losses)

Ceres slid down to number two because of the Green Archers’ impressive performance but the Bacolod squad has some impressive wins this month as well.  Winning two games with a five goal average and highlighted by the 6-1 trashing of Loyola, the bus men are now favorites to clinch the League title.  With a 6-point gap from the nearest contender with one less game, the fate of the league leaders are now in their hands (or for football’s case, feet).

#1 Green Archers United [ Last month: #6 ]
9 points (3 Wins, 0 Draws, 0 Losses)

On target this July, the red-hot Green Archers are on fire scoring 14 goals this month.  After a 9-5 shootout with Pachanga, the green and white squad beat contender Kaya 2-0 and ended their June campaign with a tight win against Jeepney.  United has played much better with some players missing and are now gearing up for the tough July fixtures.

You can also view a summarized table for the league’s Big 5 Teams here: 2015 UFL First Division Big 5 League Table

By Ivan Gayares (@ivangeoffrey)

Marañon hat-trick powers Ceres-La Salle in dominating win over Loyola Meralco

By Ivan Gayares (@ivangeoffrey)

Newcomer Bienvenido Marañon scored a brilliant hat trick as Ceres-La Salle FC came from a goal down to demolish Loyola-Meralco Sparks 6-1.  National Player Patrick Reichelt scored a brace while substitute Jeffrey Christaens completed the tally for Ceres.

Loyola started the game with intensity which was highlighted by the 18th minute foal from new signing Bradley Grayson. The Meralco backed-squad was rewarded for their early pressure when Grayson broke free from the defense to put up a shot which was tapped by Ceres Keeper Louis Michael Casas but eventually went in.

It wasn’t long after when Ceres’ Reichelt found himself in a similar situation in the 25th minute.  The Azkals mainstay shot was tapped by Loyola’s Tomas Trigo but the ball still found its way to the bottom corner for the equalizer.

A handball in front of the goal in the 26th minute forced referee Linjun Talaver to call for a penalty against the Sparks which Marañon cooly converted for his first goal and the Ceres lead.

The Spanish player doubled his output in the dying minutes of the first half when he scored from the narrowest of angles to make it 3-1 for the Bacolod squad.  The Loyola keeper expected a Marañon   cross from the goal line but was surprised by a strike which went between him and the first post.

Twelve minutes after halftime, Reichelt broke away from the Sparks defense after a Marañon delivery to score the fourth goal for Ceres. Loyola also had their chances but the resolute Ceres backline and the timely saves of Casas prevented them from getting another goal.

Marañon completed his hat trick in the 71st minute. He also added in assist the the 85th when he cut back a goal-line cross to an onrushing Christaens who completed the demolition of Loyola with their sixth goal.

The 29-year old spanish player who last played for UD Socuellamos in Segunda B – Group 2, the third tier football league in Spain, proved that he was a game changer and a great signing for the USLS-affiliated squad.

It was an emphatic win for the Bacolod squad who were a bit rusty early in the game after to a month long layoff.  The win cements their lead temporarily to six points from number two team Stallion FC who still has a game in hand against Global.

Loyola will play Team Socceroo while Ceres will lock horns with the Pachanga for a midweek clash on June 23.

In the first game, Green Archers United outplayed Pachanga Diliman 9-5 in the highest ever goal output for a first division game this year. Robert Lopez Mendy topscored for the Archers who are

The second half of league play was shortened due to the pullout of Philippine Army FC from which effectively ends the relegation battle between Army and Socceroo.