Negrense sports pride soared high once more when the Ceres La Salle Football Club ended Saturday its first-round assignment in the United Football League at Emperador Stadium in Taguig City with a 4-0 shutout of Cimarron FC.
In dumping Cimarron, Ceres improved its win-draw-loss card to 8-2-1, enough for an aggregate of 26 points to stay on the top spot among 12 teams.
As I congratulate our players, coaches and staff for being on top at the end of the first round , said team owner and manager Leo Rey Yanson, I also express my thanks to our fans and followers, especially here in Negros, and Negrenses in Metro Manila, for their continued support.
Breaking the ice for the Negros-based XI was Ivory Coast national Younousse Yaogo who booted in the first of his two markers on the 31st minute.
Fil-German recruit Patrick Reichelt, who like Yaogo, carded twin goals, made it 2-0, with the Ivory Coast player scoring another marker five minutes later.
Reichelt sealed the triumph with his 90th minute output.
Behind Ceres FC in the tally as of yesterday afternoon is Jeepney FC, with 21 points after completing its first-round assignments.
Laos, which has still a match to play, is running third with 19 points while tied for the next spot with 16 points apiece are Air Force, Nomads and All-Japan, after 10 of their 11 games.
With its loss, Cimarron stays as the cellardweller with 3 points.
Ceres hopes to duplicate its first-round domination of Air Force, 4-0, when the two teams class for their second-round opener on March 29.
“There are 11 more matches ahead and with the desire and commitment of the players and the coaching staff to stay focused in every match, the possibility of staying on top will not be difficult,” Yanson added.
A Top Two finish for Ceres at the end of the tournament will elevate the Negros-based squad to Division I competition next season. *AVDC
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