Global Cebu, Sparks in 0-0 draw

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - /RE­PORTER GLEN­DALE G. ROSAL

Global Cebu FC re­mained un­beaten in its home pitch, by sal­vaging a score­less against pow­er­house and league-leader FC Mer­alco Manila Sparks last night in the on­go­ing Philip­pines Foot­ball League (PFL)attheCe­buCi­tyS­ports Cen­ter (CCSC).

Global Cebu FC re­mains at sec­ond place in the stand­ings with 34 points while the Sparks kept their lead with 41 points. Both teams earned one point fro draw­ing last night’s en­counter.

Global Cebu now has nine wins, seven draws and four de­feats while the vis­it­ing squad has 12 wins, five draws and two de­feats.

Yes­ter­day’s cru­cial match be­came even more dif­fi­cult for both teams af­ter a heavy down­pour at the start of the sec­ond half flooded the pitch.

Ac­cord­ing to Global Cebu’s team captin Patrick Deyto who served as the team’s goal keeper, both teams played safe and cau­tious to pre­vent sus­tain­ing in­juries.

He said that they could have scored a goal or per­formed bet­ter in front of 4,850 Ce­buano foot­ball fans if not for the rain. “It was dis­ap­point­ing be­cause of the con­di­tion of the pitch and the weather also. Both teams played safe rather than play with an all out per­for­mance,” said Deyto who man­aged to save sev­eral at­tempts from the vis­it­ing squad.

Aris Caslib, Mer­alco’s head coach on the other hand said that fin­ish­ing their match against Global which is the UFL cham­pi­ons is al­ready a big achieve­ment for the team that lost two of its key strik­ers – Phil and James Younghus­band – who trans­ferred to the Aguilas Davao FC.

“The team was tested,” said Caslib. “We want three points but shar­ing one point with the UFL champs is a good re­sult for us.”

On Wed­nes­day, Global Cebu will face the Stal­lions La­guna in Biñan Sta­dium at 4 p.m. while the Sparks will play the Aguilas on Sept. 23 at the lat­ter’s turf.

Aboitiz foot­ball Cup opens last night

Mean­while, no less than AboitizLand Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer (COO) Patrick Reyes and other AboitizLand and Aboitiz Foun­da­tion of­fi­cials graced the open­ing of the 19th Aboitiz Foot­ball Cup dur­ing half time of the Global Cebu-FC Mer­alco Manila PFL match.

Cebu Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (CFA), the part­ner of AboitizLand in the tour­na­ment, said 150 foot­ball teams signed up for the 15-cat­e­gory tour­na­ment.

Ac­tual com­pe­ti­tion will start on Sept. 23 at the PAREF Spring­dale pitch with a to­tal of 56 matches sched­uled in the un­der­se­ven mixed and un­der­nine mixed cat­e­gories.

(CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON)

Mi­lan Ni­colic of Mer­alco FC tries a bi­cy­cle kick against Rufo Sanchez of Global FC dur­ing their game at the Cebu City Sports Cen­ter. The match ended in a score­less draw.

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