Global and Ceres hack out big AFC Cup wins

Business World - - WORLD SPORTS - Murillo Michael An­gelo S.

LO­CAL CLUBS Global Cebu FC and Ceres Ne­gros FC padded their re­spec­tive 2017 AFC Cup cam­paigns with telling vic­to­ries last Tues­day.

Global, play­ing away in Malaysia against home team Magwe FC, came from be­hind and win, 4-2, and gave fur­ther sup­port to its hold of the top spot in Group F while Ceres raced to a 6-2 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Hanoi FC of Viet­nam to push it­self back into con­tention in Group G.

Found it­self trail­ing at the half­way point of their fix­ture af­ter Magwe winger Kyaw Naing Naing punched through in the 38th minute, Global banked on a spir­ited at­tack in the sec­ond fold to will its way to the win.

Striker Hikaru Minegishi broke through for the Philip­pine club in the 71st minute to level things with Magwe.

For­ward Darryl Roberts then scored back-to-back goals in the 81st and 83rd minute to swing the mo­men­tum to Global and build some cush­ion.

Mid­fielder Shu Sasaki put the fin­ish­ing touches to the game for Global with an­other goal in the 89th minute be­fore de­fender Naing Lin Tun saved face for the home team with a goal in ex­tra time for the fi­nal score.

The win took Global ( 4- 01) to 12 points, two clear of sec­ond- run­ning Johor Darul Ta’Zim ( 3-1-1) of Malaysia, and a step closer to the knock­out stages of the re­gion’s sec­ondary club foot­ball tour­na­ment hosted by the Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion (AFC).

Both Global man­ager Dan Palami and coach Toshi­aki Imai ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion and de- light with the way their play­ers per­formed de­spite not play­ing in full strength with key cog Mis­agh Ba­hado­ran still out with an in­jury.

“Proud of you boys with a come- from- be­hind win ver­sus Magwe FC,” Mr. Palami shared on Twit­ter.

Global next plays Beoungket Angkor FC of Cam­bo­dia at the Rizal Me­mo­rial Foot­ball Sta­dium on May 3.

STILL NOT OUT OF IT

Mean­while, Ceres con­tin­ued with its im­pres­sive show­ing in its home field — the Pana-ad Park and Foot­ball Sta­dium in Ba­colod City.

Need­ing to win to re­main in the mix for the top spot in Group G, Ceres de­liv­ered ac­cord­ingly.

Ceres re­lied on a fast start to put pres­sure on Hanoi which proved to be the dif­fer­ence all told.

Mid­field­ers Bien­venido Marañon and Kevin In­greso put the home side on the board first in the 13th and 21st minute of the match af­ter which Hanoi striker Pham Thanh Luong nar­row their deficit with a goal in the 25th minute.

Ceres would not be de­terred by it though as it grew more ag­gres­sive and took it to Hanoi in the sec­ond half, scat­ter­ing four goals — two from Fer­nando (53’, 69’), Ja­son de Jong (’87) and Mr. Marañon (90’) — to seize the al­limpor­tant win.

In be­tween, Hanoi could only add a soli­tary point to its score, care of mid­fielder Do Hung Dung in the 86th minute.

Now at first place with eight points, tied with its con­quered, Ceres ( 2- 2-1) can moved to the next round if it wins in its next game against also-ran Tampines Rovers FC on May 3 in Sin­ga­pore.

In the AFC Cup, both Ceres and Global are angling to be one of the top three teams in the ASEAN group­ings or the best sec­ond- ranked club in group play to ad­vance to the next round. —

CERES NE­GROS FC gave its AFC Cup bid a boost with a 6-2 win over vis­it­ing Hanoi FC on Tues­day in Ba­colod City.

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