18 April 2018

17 April 2018


The biggest rivalry in the modern age of Philippine club football. Global Cebu and Ceres-Negros lock horns for their first meeting in the Philippines Football League on April 18 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Global has been winless in the league after surrendering losses to JPV Marikina and Stallion but have turned the corner earning a come from behind draw against the Davao Aguilas. Ceres meanwhile has been unbeatean so far with wins over Kaya FC and JPV.
Both teams have gone different routes in the AFC Cup with Ceres on its way to the Zonal semifinals while Global has been eliminated even after getting points in the latter matches.
It has always been tight in league action for both squads. Alternating wins from the hosts by an average of 1.25 goals per game was the story of last year with Ceres getting an outlier with a 4-1 win in the one-time PFL Final.
Rufo Sanchez, Darryl Roberts, and Wesley Dos Santos have been carrying the load for the Cebu squad so far and the return of Paul Mulders have put them in better shape.
A scoring resurgence from Takumi Uesato may have been dampened with an injury from last game but inspired play from Patrick Reichelt, Bienvenido Maranon, and Carlie De Murga may be enough to match up well with the hosts.
A tight match is expected Wednesday night (April 18) with Global eager to get its first win and Ceres vying to continue their streak. The match kicks off at 7pm with a livestream available at PFLTV.PH.

16 April 2018

YouTube - Philippines 0-5 Korea Republic (AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018: 5th/6th Playoff)

Benlarbi issues rallying cry to Philippines stars

Amman: Philippines coach Rabah Benlarbi has urged his players to seize the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that has been thrown their way when they face Korea Republic for a place in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Both sides finished third in their respective groups to set up the crucial play-off for fifth place at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018, the winner of which is guaranteed a place at France 2019 along with China PR, Thailand, Australia and Japan who have all made the semi-finals in Jordan.

Despite his side being far from favourites to win Monday’s eagerly anticipated showdown, Benlarbi believes the Philippines are more than ready to give their all given what is at stake.

“We still have a chance to qualify for the World Cup, so we must play without any pressure,” he said.

“The Philippines have absolutely nothing to lose as nobody really expected us to be in the position that we find ourselves in.

“We must give our all, as we have 90 minutes to reach the World Cup, it is potentially a once-in-a-lifetime moment for my players.

“If they all do their very best, they can achieve their goals.”

Benlarbi was also quick, however, to acknowledge the size of the task his side faces against a Korea Republic team he feels were unlucky not to qualify for the tournament’s semi-finals.

“I am a little surprised to be playing Korea Republic as they were one of the best teams in Group B and deserved, in my opinion, to go to the semi-finals and of course the World Cup,” declared the Frenchman.

“In football, though, you always have a chance. We know the strengths that the Koreans have, that they are a very compact team and that they are the only team to have not conceded at this tournament.

“They do not have many weakness, but they have a few and we will try to focus on those. It will be difficult, but we have one or two possibilities and we will use those to score against them.”

Meanwhile, opposite number Yoon Duk-yeo is urging his Korea Republic stars to give one final push as they attempt to finish the AFC Women’s Asian Cup on a high by qualifying the World Cup.

“Although my players did their utmost during the group stage, we could not go to the semi-finals as was our plan before we came to Jordan as was our plan.” he said.

“But this match against the Philippines is, of course, a very important one for us, as we can qualify for the World Cup by winning it.

“Our players have given some excellent performances during the group stage, and I will ask them to, once again, give their all as we look to qualify for the World Cup.”


15 April 2018

14 April 2018

PFL : JPV Marikina 0-3 Ceres-Negros Fc

PFL : JPV Marikina 3-0  Ceres-Negros Fc

Rizal Memorial Stadium

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13 April 2018


Ceres-Negros FC returns to league action when they take on JPV Marikina FC on April 14 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Both squads have played memorable matches in last years competition with a win apiece and two draws for each club.
JPV drew first blood in their first meeting with a 2-1 win in June of last year. The Marikina side also forced a come from behind win in their first meeting in Bacolod from two goals down.
Ceres made amends with a 5-0 rout in Panaad before their final meeting saw a 2-2 decision when they played last November in Biñan.
Assistant Coach Ian Treyes is well aware of the threat of the Japanese flavored side especially after playing some memorable games in 2017.
“We know that JPV and Ceres have good games in the past years and the margin is not too big,” said the former University of Saint La Salle standout. “I hope we can play our best tomorrow and we can see a good game, he added.
The assistant coach is also wary of the short gap in between tournaments that will make it challenging for the Negros squad but trusts the teams depth to maintain its good form so far.
“Coming from a game abroad in the AFC Cup is difficult for us. We need to recover from the previous game and we’ll adjust again for the game against JPV. We’ll need some other players to step up for this game,” added Treyes.
Marikina currently sits on top with six points after three games while Ceres has three points from their lone match. The match is set to kick-off at 7PM with a livestream available at PFLtv.ph

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