Pinoy football clubs dominate in AFC Cup action
Ceres-Negros and Global Cebu FC scored crucial wins in AFC Cup action
It was a good night for Filipino club football, as Global Cebu FC and Ceres-Negros FC scored commanding wins in 2017 AFC Cup action, Wednesday evening.
After trailing 1-0 in the first half, Global Cebu FC mounted a stunning comeback to beat Myanmar’s Magwe FC, 4-2 at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.
Naing Naing Kyaw scored 38 minutes into the first half, but Hikaru Minegishi leveled the match in the 71st minute.
Trinidadian striker Darryl Roberts took over in the final ten minutes of the match, scoring a brace within a three minute stretch (81′ and 83′) to put the visiting Pinoy club ahead, 3-1.
Shu Sasaki put the closing touches on Global Cebu’s big win with the team’s fourth goal of the match in the 89th minute.
Naing Lin Tun pulled one back for the home team to make it a 4-2 final tally in favor of the Pinoy club.
With the win, Global Cebu FC takes solo first place in Group F with four wins and one loss for 12 points. A win in their last match against Boeung Ket Angkor will secure the top seed and entry into the ASEAN semifinals.
Over at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod, home team Ceres-Negros FC needed a big bounce-back win after dropping their last outing to Felda United, and they did just that, blasting Ha Noi FC to the tune of 6-2.
Star striker Bienve Marañon hit first for Ceres-Negros, scoring in the 13th minute, followed by a Kevin Ingreso goal in the 21-minute mark.
Ha Noi’s Pham Thanh Luong managed to pull one back for the visitors in the 25th minute, making it 2-1 at the half.
The Pinoy side went on to dominate even more in the second frame, with Fernando Rodriguez hitting in the 54th and 70th minutes.
Ha Noi’s Do Hung Dung managed to score in the 86th minute via a penalty kick, but Ceres-Negros immediately answered back courtesy of a Jason de Jong conversion in the 88th.
Marañon put the match on ice by draining a 90th minute penalty kick to complete a brace.
The Pinoy side moves up to the top of Group G with two wins, two draws, and one loss for eight points and +6 on goal difference.
Ceres-Negros ends the Group Stage against last-place Tampines Rovers at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
A win for the Ceres-Negros helps their chances at finishing at the top of Group G and clinching a spot in the ASEAN semifinals.