24 Sep Schröck Wondergoal Fires Ceres Negros Past Global Cebu
Stephan Schröck scored a blistering shot late in the match to hand Ceres Negros FC a 1-0 win over Global Cebu FC in Sunday’s Philippines Football League at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
It was the third meeting between the two fierce rivals, and just like their past two meetings, it needed a spark of brilliance from a single player to produce the win. Ceres remained in fourth place with 32 points, just two points behind third placed Global, who have played more games.
“It was very difficult to score especially if you came from a midweek game,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. “I was really happy when we scored the goal because we deserved it.”
Concerns mounted for Global inside the first 15 minutes. Global captain Misagh Bahadoran went off with a shoulder injury after a bad fall and was replaced by Paolo Bugas.
Ceres produced the first chance of the match in the 28th minute. Manny Ott found Carlie De Murga inside the box from the corner kick, but the Ceres skipper’s header sailed over the bar.
Towards the end of the half, Global looked the more threatening side with two clear chances to make it 1-0. Paolo Salenga was on the end of both chances but he sent his two efforts over the bar, and off target. The first half ended at 0-0.
The restart saw Global continue where they left off at the half with a chance in the 49th minute. Paolo Bugas weaved past several Ceres players but could only muster a shot straight at Roland Müller in the opening minutes of the second half.
Global stopper Patrick Deyto thwarted two chances in the 50th and 54th minute. The first came from a Manny Ott shot from outside and the second was a chance from Fernando Rogriguez.
With a little more than ten minutes left in the match, Schröck finally delivered the only goal of the match. The midfielder was left unmarked and fired a scorching shot towards the far corner to send the 2,000 plus crowd in celebration.
Global tried to find a late equalizer, but were unable to convert giving Ceres another win over their rivals.
“The home crowd has always lifted us up,” said Schröck, who was named man of the match. “The team is spoiled, and I think we spoiled the people who watched the game.”
Photo from Stephen Tan