24 May 2018

Cebu stuns 9-man Iloilo on second half rally

By Kevin Estrada

BIÑAN -- Global Cebu came from a goal down to shock leaders Kaya Iloilo in a pulsating PFL encounter, 3-1 in Stallion Laguna's stable Wednesday afternoon.

The Queen City side turned up the heat in the second half to take all three points for the first time and give Ceres Negros a massive favor ahead of their tussle at the top against Davao Aguilas later in the night.

It was a much needed relief for the beleaguered cellar dwellers as they took the biggest fish of them all, snapping their winning streak to four.

Kaya struck first just before halftime but ill-discipline let them down as they were reduced to nine men at the final whistle, with Robert Lopez-Mendy and Alfred Osei sent off.

The Senegalese had a bad day on the pitch, seeing his penalty stopped by Patrick Deyto in the 21st minute, and was sent off in stoppage time after choking Lee Jeong-min after he was decked by the Korean defender on the break.

Osei joined Lopez-Mendy at the changing room after elbowing Daniel Gadia in the 66th minute.

Masa Omura made amends by scoring the match's first on a header from a corner that was virtually the last kick of the first half.

But that was all Kaya Iloilo wrote as the home side turned up at the restart, knocking out the leaders cold with three goals of their own.

Jordan Jarvis equalized at the hour with a header from a corner, then Darryl Roberts shoved Global ahead for good twelve minutes later.

Jinggoy Valmayor sealed their first win with a strike from inside the box past a hapless Ace Villanueva.

22 May 2018


Ceres-Negros FC hosts the Davao Aguilas at home for the first time this season in their midweek clash on May 23 at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
 Negros and Davao met early this month in searing conditions at the Rizal Memorial where Ceres earned a 2-0 win over the Aguilas.
Bienvenido Maranon scored the first goal with a marvelous chip late in the first while Mike Ott’s persistence saw him net the second of the match
Toni Doblas was named man of the match after he produced a fantastic performance by making key saves in their resounding win over the Mindanao squad.
An explosive match is expected with better conditions expected at the evening kickoff. Maranon and Stephan Schrock will have another chance to test the Davao backline while Carli De Murga and company will have to deal with the Younghusband’s at the back.
Both teams are keen to return to winning ways after dropping their last assignments in the Philippines Football League.
Resting their key players, Ceres-Negros lost 0-2 at home last May 12 versus Kaya while he Aguilas meanwhile were overpowered by the Iloilo squad in their home debut to finish with 2-4 result last Sunday.
With Kaya earning the top spot after last weekend, the match will be equally important for both teams to keep in step with the league leaders.
The Iloilo squad leads Ceres by a point but has played two more matches than the Negros side. Davao meanwhile need the points to keep in step of the title race as they trail by two points but has played one game more.
Gates will open at 5pm with free admission given to the home fans. Grandstand and Bleachers seats will be available via a first-come, first served basis. Kickoff if set at 7pm sharp and a livestream will be made available at PFLtv.ph.

Kaya FC–Iloilo Takes on Global Cebu, Looks to Extend Winning Streak to Five

Fresh from a rousing debut in Iloilo, Kaya FC–Iloilo are looking to keep their red hot form going, as they gun for a fifth-straight win in the Philippines Football League. Just three days after a successful first match at the Iloilo Sports Complex, Kaya head straight back to action against Global Cebu on Wednesday (May 23, 2018), 4pm, at the Biñan Football Stadium.
While Iloilo’s main concern is managing the quick turnaround of games, Global’s problem is the opposite — a lack of field time. Cebu last played on April 29, in a 3-0 defeat to Davao Aguilas. Since then, financial woes have taken their toll on the club. On May 2, the club failed to travel to Iloilo to play Kaya. Then, they had their May 12 match against Stallion Laguna postponed in order to have more time to sort out their issues. After a tumultuous couple of weeks, the highly decorated club is ready to get back into action, albeit, without key players Rufo Sanchez, Wesley dos Santos, and Paolo Bugas.
“We’re climbing up a mountain based on our standing at the moment,” said Global Cebu head coach Marjo Allado, quoting one of his players from a past press conference. “At the moment some of our main players have left. Of course we’ll play tomorrow with the remaining players that we have. Those players are top players, especially the two young Filipino players.”
“We went back to training last Sunday. For almost three weeks we didn’t have official training, so in terms of fitness we’re maybe 70-80%, just to be honest,” he added.
Despite the issues plaguing Wednesday’s opponents, Kaya FC–Iloilo enter the contest expecting nothing less than the usual challenge from a familiar rival.
“It will be like all the other games we’ve played against Global. Every time we play them it’s a tough game, no matter what,” said Kaya’s Robert Lopez Mendy, scorer of a recent hat-trick in Iloilo. “What happened to them (financial issues) can happen to any team too. I think that’s not a big deal for us [once the football starts]. I think it’s going to be a good game, like we’re used to playing against them because, they’re still a big team, no matter what. They have the players for that.”
Head coach Noel Marcaida was equally dismissive of any notion that Kaya would take Wednesday’s match lightly.
“Global Cebu have been through these situations so many times. Although they have players that have already left the club, still they have players that want to showcase their talent. We can’t take their team lightly tomorrow. For us, we need to continue what we’re doing, we need to keep our intensity, our pace. We want to keep our winning streak alive,” he said.
“As of the moment, we’re just managing the recovery of the players. We trained last night and the intensity was really good. Players who haven’t played too many minutes played really well. The intensity was great, and the morale is really high. ” said Marcaida.
Wednesday’s match is the battle between top and bottom. Kaya FC–Iloilo currently leads the PFL standings with 16 points from eight outings, while Global have only a solitary point from five matches. The game will be streamed live over PFLTV.ph.

21 May 2018

Wesley Rodrigues bids goodbye to his tenure with Global Cebu

Brazilian defender Wesley Rodrigues dos Santos leaves Global Cebu FC after more than one year with the club.
In a statement posted via his social media accounts, Wesley gave thanks to the staff of Global Cebu especially the fans.
Wesley joined Global as of February of 2017 from Brazilian club CE União and has been a starter and a consistent standout performer for the most part of his stint with Global.
With this latest development, Global now has four players who have confirmed their departure from the club: Rufo Sanchez, Paolo Bugas, Paolo Salenga and Wesley.

20 May 2018

PFL: Kaya takes down Aguilas in home field

 Adrian Stewart Co

Kaya Iloilo midfielder Miguel Tanton (foreground, left) charges at the ball while Davao San Miguel Aguilas defender Joshua Grommen tries to get in his way. Aguilas’ forward Phil Younghusband (background, left) and Matt Hartmann look on. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN

KAYA Iloilo made a rousing debut at its home field at the Iloilo Sports Complex in Iloilo City as it defeated Davao San Miguel Aguilas 4-2 in the 2018 Philippines Football League on Sunday.
Robert Lopez Mendy finished with a hat-trick while Jordan Mintah made a conversion for Kaya, which moved up to second place with 16 points on five wins, a draw and two losses.
“We were really looking forward to this game – our first here in Iloilo,” said Kaya head coach Noel Marcaida. “The players were motivated by the support shown by football-loving Ilonggos.”
Kaya drew first blood early in the match courtesy of Mintah from a feed by Ilonggo Jovin Bedic. But Mintah hurt his knee in a collision and was stretchered off in the next play.
With Aguilas missing in its attempts, Kaya managed to double the advantage just before halftime – Lopez Mendy intercepted a pass by Aguilas’ Nicholas O’Donnell for a close-range shot.
Davao was able to pull one back early in the second period courtesy of a header by James Younghusband. Iloilo quickly extended the lead with Lopez Mendy scoring a header from a free kick by Miguel Tanton.
Aguilas trimmed the deficit anew 2-3 in the 69th minute with Takashi Odawara converting from a corner kick. Kaya raised the advantage after Lopez Mendy scored on a header from a Tanton free kick.
Davao Aguilas dropped to third place with 14 points on four victories, two draws and three defeats./PN

Ceres-Negros Fc - Club Statement

Club Statement
We would like to apologize to our partners in the Philippine Football Federation and the Philippines Football League for statements made by one of our players, Martin Steuble, during a post-match interview last Wednesday.
The club regrets that the player’s comments aired at the conclusion of the live broadcast of the match and amplified on social media have not only put the PFF, but the PFL in a negative light.
While the club encourages its players to exercise their freedom to speak, particularly on matters that they are passionate about, Mr. Steuble’s statements do not reflect that of the club, which is actually appreciative of the tireless work of the PFF and the PFL to ensure that club football is alive and vibrant in the country.
The club is grateful to the PFF and the PFL for setting up a structure that allows Filipino clubs to represent the country in continental competitions like the AFC Cup and the AFC Champions League.
If not for the PFF and PFL, Ceres-Negros would not have reached its goal of making the country proud by winning the AFC Cup Asean zonal title last year.
In light of the recent events in Yangon, the club has already taken the initiative of dealing with the matter internally. Mr. Steuble’s comments were made at the heat of the moment, right when emotions were running high after a tough win. Rest assured, however, that there will be actions that will be taken to avoid a repetition of such incidents.
The club reiterates its support to the PFF and PFL, which are our partners in the development of the Beautiful Game in the country.

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