Ceres-Negros FC powered through against a resurgent Shan United to produce a 1-0 win yesterday at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
With the win, the Busmen remain on top of Group F in the AFC Cup 2018 qualifiers with 10 points following victories at home against BoeungKet FC of Cambodia (9-0), Shan United (2-0), and a 1-1 draw against Home United in Singapore.
Against Shan United yesterday, Bienvenido Marañon converted a 15 th minute penalty for the Busmen while Tony Doblas played his best match in a Ceres uniform to maintain their unbeaten run in the competition.
Stephan Schrock had the first chance in the match with a free kick but his attempt from 25-yards curled out wide. Ceres earned an early advantage when a Hein Phyo Win handled the ball when attempting to challenge Marañon. The Spaniard made no mistake from the spot burying the penalty towards the bottom left for the 1-0 lead.
Shan United had a good chance minutes later when Willam Nyakwe redirected a ball which grazed wide of the top corner. The action picked up later in the half when a great layoff from Schrock allowed Manny Ott a chance in front of goal. But the midfielder skied his attempt after he was challenged by Nyakwe.
The home squad had two chances in the end but Hein Phyo’s attempt was over the bar and Lee Hankuk’s rocket of a shot was palmed to safety by Doblas.
Mike Ott broke into the Shan United box in the 47th minute but his eventual attempt was covered well by the Shan defense. A quick counter by Shan United forced Carlie De Murga to make a vital stop in the final ball to the opposing striker.
Marañon made a decent run from out wide in the hour mark before releasing to Manny Ott who scuffed his change in front of goal. A well timed clearance by De Murga saved Ceres from blushes at the back.
Doblas made the save of the match when he blocked Patrick Asare’s shot 85th minute. Asare charged to the left flank unopposed setting up a one-one with the keeper but Doblas made a block with his knee to maintain the 1-0 lead.
The rest of the match saw both teams battling it out in the middle but the five minute extension wasnot enough for the home squad to earn an equalizer.
With the loss, Shan United maintained their position in third with three points, while Home United kept chase after an emphatic 6-0 win at home against Boeung Ket to put them at second with seven points.*ceres.com
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