Ceres Div 2 champ, moves to Division 1

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014


BACOLOD-BASED Ceres-La Salle FC twisted the horns of Cimarron FC on Sunday with a five-nil victory to rule the 2nd Division of the ongoing United Football League.

Jin Ho Kim led Ceres’s offense again with a pair of goals in the 22nd and 38th minutes, following Samson Olaniyi’s seventh minute opening goal while Marwin Angeles scored his own in the 41st minute for a four-nil advantage at half.

Cimarron bullied their way and forced some good defense but the division leader added another in the 78th minute courtesy of Alvin Aranas.

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The Transporters will take Manila All-Japan tomorrow then test the force of Forza on Sunday for its last two Division 2 assignments.

Nicolas Golez, Ceres-La Salle FC club administrator, said the team’s victory is a product of collective effort.

“Personally, I’m happy that we are champion in Division 2. The team really worked hard for it. We are very thankful to our manager Leo Rey Yanson for all the support,” he added.

In taking the top spot of the group, Ceres defeated Navy, 4-nil in the league’s opening last January 11. Successive victories in the first round of elimination were achieved against Dolphins, 9-2 (Feb. 8); Manila All-Japan, 2-0 (Feb. 15); Agila, 4-1 (Feb. 22); United International Manila, 4-2 (Feb. 27); Manila Jeepney FC, 2-1 (March 4); Forza, 6-2 (March 9); and Cimarron, 4-0 (March 15).

It settled for a pair of draws with Airforce FC, 1-1 (Jan. 26) and Nomads, 0-0 (March 2). Its only loss was against Laos, 0-1 last February 1.

Second round was a repeat as Ceres showed dominance over Navy, 10-3 (March 29); UIM, 6-1 (April 6); Airforce, 2-1 (April 13); Dolphins, 9-1 (May14); Agila, 5-0 (May 25); Nomads, 6-0 (May 25); Manila Jeepney, 5-0 (May 27); and had a scoreless draw against Laos.

The Ceres side accumulated 51 points for its 16 wins in 20 outings including three draws and a lone defeat.

In the event Ceres loses in its last two games and No. 2 team Manila Jeepney wins its last game against Cimarron on Saturday, the Bacolod-based club will still keep its spot.

The Jeepney with 15 wins, a draw and 5 losses has only 46 points in 21 games. A win against Cimarron will only guarantee them 49 points, 2-point behind Ceres.

A loss for Jeepney and a win for Airforce (14-2-5, win-draw-loss), which currently have 44 points in 21 matches, will put the Airmen at the No.2 spot with 47 points. (HGD)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 04, 2014.

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