Ceres blackouts Meralco, 7-0

Henry G. Doble

RAIN seldom pours hard at Rizal Memorial Stadium but it did last Saturday, July 15, when Ceres-Negros Football Club (FC) scored their back-to-back win with a huge 7-0 score over FC Meralco Manila, the Philippines Football League leader.

It was the second biggest score difference registered in the tournament following the Busmen’s 7-nil blast against the winless team from Ilocandia last July 9 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.

Iain Ramsay led Ceres with a hat-trick to cut Meralco’s scoring power while Fernando Rodriguez broke the defense of Florencio Baledic Jr. with twin goals in the opening minutes of the match.

Ramsay scored his first in the 36th minute on a getaway off a long pass from Manny Ott, giving Ceres FC a commanding 3-0 lead at half.

The Negros Occidental-based club continued to take control of the game as Ramsay nailed his second goal for his team’s fourth in the 49th minute.

Stephan Schrock dispossessed Lee Jeong Min at the back field for a one-on-one go-ahead goal in the 50th minute to extend Ceres’s lead to 5-0.

Ramsay then volleyed the ball past Meralco keeper in the 74th minute for a 6-0 lead. Substitute Patrick Reichelt again shared in Ceres FC’s superb scoring after his cross at the goal's mouth was deflected by Alvin Ken Sarmiento only to go in for the final 7-0 count.

With the win, Ceres shot up in the standing at No. 3 with six victories, a draw and pair of defeats for 19 points while Meralco remained on top with seven wins, a pair of draws, and their first loss for 23 points.

Second ranked Global Cebu FC has a slim movement in its card with six wins, three draws, and a pair of upsets for 21 points after the Davao Aguilas held them on scoreless draw at the Cebu City Sports Center.

Davao is ranked No. 6 with five draws and five losses.

In the post-match press conference, Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic said his players gave a hundred percent in the first half.

“I think it’s easier to play after that because there’s no pressure anymore in the second half. They can give the best for you without any pressure. In the final half, they also started to attack and we had a lot of space so we scored more goals than in the first which is good. But the most important thing for me is that we didn’t concede any goal,” he added.