Ceres Batttles JPV at Rizal Stadium Today

Currently ranked at No.2, the visiting Ceres Negros Football Club is set to tough it out against the host-team JPV Marikina FC at the Rizal Memorial Stadium today, 4PM.

JOCKING FOR POSITION – The Busmen’s intensity since the start of the game against FC Meralco Manila.* (Owen Segovia Bayog/NDB photo)

Ceres FC Coach Risto Vidakovic said that it would be a tough test for the team with some of their players are out for national duty while others sit out due to injuries. “I don’t know what to do have less than 15 players are fit to play. Stephan Schrock, Martin Steuble and Manny Ott are injured and I don’t know until when. I hope and pray they will be available in the semis,” he said.

Risto also admitted that it’s not easy to motivate the players because there’s nothing there to look up to when they get on the top of the league. “Maybe if the first place gives you something special, then the league will make it more interesting. But, we should compete until the end. We can’t simply sit down,” he added.

While Dan Padernal’s JPV Marikina is technically out of the contention for the Top 4 teams with 4 games left on their schedule, but are expected to play on a high-level of football.

Today’s match will likewise be the deciding match for both teams with a win each and a draw. JPV edged Ceres during their first face-off in June then held the Busmen in a 2-all draw at Panaad last October 18. But, Ceres FC made a stunning comeback performance last October 28 with a 5-0 blast at home.

JPV, meanwhile, suffered another heart-breaking 1-0 loss against FC Meralco Manila on October 31. “This will be tough but, we have to give our best,” Padernal added.

The Busmen will have a 10-day rest before facing Ilocos United FC in its home games at Quirino Stadium, Vigan City on November 18 and 21.*