Ceres FC Captures First PFL Title Against Global, 4-1

The home team, Ceres Negros Football Club captured the inaugural title after defeating Global Cebu FC, 4-1, in the 2017 Philippines Football League (PFL) Finals Series at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City on Saturday.

The Busmen cameout with a solid start as they took early control of the game flow as Bienvenido Marañon opened the scoring in the 4th minute off a cross from eventual ‘man of the match’ Iain Ramsay.

But, Global FC Spanish forward Rufo Sanchez almost equalized the scoreboard on a counter but, his shot hit the crossbar. The Cebu-based club got some goal chances but, Roland Muller has his best night with awesome saves keeping a clean sheet in the first half of the final showdown.

Ramsay, playing his last game for the Busmen, unleashed 2 goals in 8 minutes after beating Global keeper Patrick Deyto in the 20th on a pass from Stephan Schröck who outran Global’s defense. Junior Muñoz who picked a ball from the sideline, went all the way inside the box before realising the ball to Ramsay on perfect set-up in the 28th minute.

Ceres tried to connect with another goal in the closing minutes but, failed as the first 45 minutes ended with a 3-0 lead.

In the second half, Ramsay scored the hat-trick in the 61st minute off a pass from Patrick Reichelt who got an assist from Marañon in the right flank.

It was in the 89th minute when Darryl Roberts found some space and scored Global’s lone goal through a deep roll near the right post.

During the post-match, Ceres FC Assistant coach Ian Treyes, who took the shoes of suspended head tactician Risto Vidakovic, first thanked God for the championship. “We thank also Boss LRY [Leo Rey Yanson] for the opportunity to be part of this team, and to Coach Risto [Vidakovic] who showed us how to play the best football,” he said. Treyes also expressed gratitude for the whole the team, especially to Ramsay who scored the hat-trick in this final game and to the fans – that came out from their first game up until the final match. “We thank you all,” he added.

Meanwhile, Ramsay – who is set to suit up in another Asian club next season, said that winning the championship meant a lot for him. “It’s special to play for Ceres FC, for the fans, for the people of Negros. It’s been an amazing experience to play before these great home fans in Panaad. I don’t know what the future holds for me whether I comeback to Ceres but, this is football,” he added.

On the upcoming Champions’ League qualifier early next year, Treyes said that they will play in Myanmar in January 16, 2018 in the latter’s turf and will move on to Brisbane, Australia if succeed.

“For now, we enjoy the championship and the holiday break because this has been a long year for everyone. We return to training on January 10,” Treyes said.*