Bienvenido Marañon stepped up to the penalty spot after a Ceres player was brought down in the box in the match against Home United in Match Day 2 of Group F in the AFC Cup.
The Busmen came into the match as favorites after their nine-goal demolition of Boeung Ket in Panaad and the early penalty was supposed to be a beginning of a routine victory at the Jalan Besar.
The Spaniard picked his spot and delivered a shot that rattled off the post which was then cleared by the defense. United later on scored a penalty of their own with Ceres producing an equalizer late in the match.
A made penalty could have changed Ceres’ fortunes early in the group stages but Marañon didn’t let the misstep get in his head and later on delivered against Shan United in an eerily similar situation.
The Ceres veteran buried the the penalty deep on the bottom left corner early in the match to give his squad the ultimate edge to get full three points and reinforce their hold on the top spot of Group F.
“Sometimes in the game, we have chances to score and sometimes we don’t have any,” said the joint top scorer of the tournament.
“But I’m only looking forward to shoot the next penalty and score goals because football does not stop when you miss a penalty or a chance,” said the striker.
Marañon revealed that the sport may be unforgiving sometimes, but there is always another opportunity in the end for one to get redemption.
“You have to be ready, you have to work hard, and I think with that you can do a lot,” he added.
Ceres are now favorites to top the group, needing only a win in the last two games to get some much needed breathing space.
Rest assured the Marañon is there, ready to take on another chance to bring glory to his beloved club.
Group F leaders Ceres-Negros FC aims to continue their unbeaten run as they face a dangerous Shan United squad on March 14 at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
It will be the second time that the two teams meet in Yangon after their initial meeting in the AFC Champions League that went to a draw after ninety minutes.
Their match in Bacolod almost went the same route until Patrick Reichelt pounced on a defensive blunder in the 79th minute to break the tie. Superb dribbling from Mike Ott allowed Bienvenido Maranon to seal the game minutes later for the home side.
With elimination staring in the face of Shan, the Myanmar squad is expected to go all out in their third and final match. The strike partnership of Iyikwobe Chizoba and Patrick Asare will lead the way supported by Lee Han Kuk and Nay Lin Tun.
The Busmen are expecting another tough physical match similar to the Bacolod leg where Stephan Schrock walked away with bruised ribs and torn shorts after the match. Carlie De Murga and company will have the unenviable task of holding back the Shan attack.
“I think we need to get three points in Myanmar,” said Patrick Reichelt. “Last game (in Yangon) was 0-0. We know the conditions with the heat and all but I’m confident, especially with the win in Panaad, that we could get another three points,” the Ceres winger added.
Ceres are currently on top with seven points followed by Home United by four. Shan United and Boeung Ket have three points apiece. A win by the visitors in Yangon could solidify their hold in first place while a loss could break the group wide open.
There are no suspended players for both squads who can field complete lineups barring injuries. The match kicks off under searing conditions at 4pm (530pm Manila) in the venue also known as the Youth Training Centre. It will be shown live over cable channel Fox Sports 2 and will be streamed live through the Fox mobile apps.
Global Cebu secured its first win in the AFC Cup in dramatic fashion, nipping Group G leader Yangon United, 2-1, last Tuesday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Spanish striker Rufo Sanchez struck from the spot in the fifth minute of added time as the Filipino side grabbed maximum points to increase its tally to four with two matches remaining.
Global remained bottom of the group, behind Vietnamese side Thanh Hoa on goal difference, but the Filipinos’ hopes of reaching the next round are still alive especially if they sweep remaining matches against Thanh Hoa at home and Bali United away.
Yangon is still on top with nine points, while Bali is in second with five.
Only the top team in the group is guaranteed of a spot in knockout phase, but the best second placed team from among the three Southeast Asian groups will also reach the next round.
Daryl Roberts opened the scoring in the 79th minute, heading home off a free kick from Dom Del Rosario, but the visitors equalized in the 90tj minute through Muang Muang Lwin’s diving header.
But there was time for Global to grab the winner as Sanchez was fouled inside the area, before keeping his poise from the spot.
Training Camp List for the friendly against Fiji and the Asian Cup Qualifying Match against Tajikistan:
ARBOLEDA, Fitch BAHADORAN, Misagh CHRISTIAENS, Jeffrey DE BRUYCKER, Dylan DE MURGA, Carli DEYTO, Patrick ETHERIDGE, Neil FALKESGAARD, Michael INGRESO, Kevin KANE, Sean MARASIGAN, Angelo MATAS, Tyler MELLIZA, Jesus MINEGISHI, Hikaru MULDERS, Paul MUNOZ, Junior O'DONNELL, Nick OTT, Manny OTT, Mike PALLA, Stephan PATINO, Javier RAMSAY, Iain REICHELT, Patrick ROTA, Simone SATO, Daisuke TACUSALME, Camelo VILLANUEVA, Dennis YOUNGHUSBAND, Phil YOUNGHUSBAND, James Training camp start on March 16
THE PHILIPPINES’ Global Cebu FC looks to post its first win as it faces top contender Yangon United of Myanmar tonight at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Metro Manila as the Group G of the ASEAN Zone in the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup group stage starts the second round of eliminations.
Global Cebu has yet to post a win after three games and is languishing at the bottom of the group with only a point to its name following a 0-1-2 win-draw-loss record.
“Well, at the moment, we cannot afford to drop points to stay in the competition so the focus is to win this game tomorrow (today) at home,” said Global Cebu head coach Marjo Allado during the match’s press conference.
Global Cebu is in for a tough match as Yangon United just last week blanked the team, 3-0, at the Youth Training Centre in Yangon, Myanmar.
Philippines Football League (PFL) governing body Liga Futbol Inc. (LFI) will open disciplinary proceedings against Stallion Laguna FC for allowing spectators at the Binan Football Stadium during the match against JPV Marikina FC last 11 March 2018.
Despite the LFI’s repeated directive, stadium inspections, and advisory note to have the said match and possible subsequent matches be played behind closed doors for safety reasons, Stallion Laguna FC allowed spectators at their venue.
Stallion Laguna FC is yet to satisfy the Infrastructure Criteria under the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Club Licensing Regulations, inter alia by complying with the safety certification and stadium safety requirements for the newly constructed grandstand.
This directive was issued last season and continued to operate this season until such time Stallion Laguna FC is able to satisfy this requirement under Article 8.1 of the said Regulations.
The LFI will not compromise on safety requirements and the safety of spectators should therefore always come first.