Ceres-La Salle FC strengthened their bid for the championship as the y shut out DPMM Brunei, 3-0, in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Singapore Cup at the Jalan Besar Stadium Thursday night.
A win against Brunei in the second leg tomorrow will give the Busmen a ticket to the semifinals where they will face either Singapore's Tampines Rovers or fellow UFL team Global FC.
Tampines beat Global, 3-1, in the first leg to grab the upper hand in their own quarterfinals match-up.
With the win against Brunei Thursday night, Ceres' registered their 6 th straight win in as many games after a heartbreaking loss to South China in the last 16 of the AFC Cup.
Ceres bounced back with a 3-1 win against Singapore's Young Lions in the elimination round of the Singapore Cup then headed home to blow away Pasagard, 16-0, in the UFL.
They went on to dominate Forza, 10-0, in the UFL, then followed it up with a stirring 4-2 come-from-behind win against the JP Voltes. The 3-1 victory against the Stallions boosted their confidence before going back to Singapore for the two-legged quarterfinals of the Singa Cup.
It was an all Fil-German show for the Busmen against Brunei Thursday night as Manny Otto broke the ice in the 15 th minute and Stephan Schrock making it 2-0 in the 26 th minute.
Brunei tried to equalize in the second half but Ceres' stayed in control as Schrock scored his second goal to give Ceres a 3-0 lead.
Ott was given the red card and was sent out the game in the 85 th minute but it hardly made a dent on the team's dominance of Brunei.
The Busmen played without superstriker Adrian Gallardo, who was not able to play in the elimination round of the tournament due to injury.*NAB
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