The winning streak at home continues for Ceres-Negros FC as they conquered Shan United of Myanmar, 2-0, at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City last night to remain on top of the AFC Cup Group F with seven points.
The Busmen are now three points ahead of No. 2 Home United, who fell to Boeung Ket FC, 2-3, yesterday in Cambodia.
Struggling to get past Shan United’s tight defense in the first half, Ceres finally broke through in 79 th minute after Patrick Reichelt tapped in a rebounding ball into the net.
Four minutes later, Mike Ott’s superb display of ball control allowed him to create some space for a neat finish from Spanish striker Bienvenido Marañon for Ceres’ second goal.
“It was not easy to play against a team who dedicated most of their time on defending,” Ceres head coach Risto Vidakovic said.
While he credited his players for giving their best, he said they need to improve on a lot of things after missing a lot of chances in the first half despite dominating possession. The win was witnessed by a crowd of 4,294 at the Panaad Stadium.
The three points from last night’s match also lifted some pressure off Ceres, as they head for Myanmar next week for Matchday 4 in an away re-match against Shan United.
“We can play better and the most important is to keep our opponents zero,” Vidakovic said.
Call it magical but the Busmen got the break late in the match only when it started to rain. Ceres demolished Boeung Ket in Matchday 1 at the Panaad in Feb. 13 despite the heavy rain from typhoon Basyang.
Vidakovic said the dry pitch was not good for them and they were able to move the ball faster when it started to rain.
Meanwhile, despite the loss, Shan United head coach Soe Myat Min said they remain hopeful with their chances of advancing to the next round, especially with Home United bowing to Boeung Ket last night.
Battling Ceres once again at home next week, he said they learned their lessons and will try to avoid repeating the errors that resulted to two goals for the Busmen.
“Our players gave their best but Ceres deserves to win. They deserve the three points,” Myat Min said.*NAB
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