30 Sep Match Preview: Ceres Negros vs Ilocos United
Ceres Negros FC look to head to the international break on a high note when they tangle with Ilocos United FC today, 30 September at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium in Bacolod, Negros Occidental. Kick off is at 7:00 PM.
Both teams are coming off from remarkable wins over the weekend. Ceres defeated rivals Global Cebu FC last Sunday thanks to a Stephan Schröck screamer while Ilocos finally claimed their first win after a 2-1 come-from-behind win over JPV Marikina FC.
The win over JPV Marikina last week has reignited Ilocos and they hope they can put on a better result against the team that dealt a 7-0 scoreline the last time both teams faced each other.
“We played last week and were successful vs JPV,” said Ilocos United coach Ian Gillan. “This week will be a different game, we’ll play with the best team in the competition, and it’s going to be a tough game for us because they have quality players in their lineup.”
Ilocos defender Adam Mitter had his own run-ins with Ceres in the past and is excited of playing against a partisan home crowd in Pana-ad.
“Ceres are a great time and play good football,” said Mitter. “The lads know what to do. Last time was not the result we were looking for and we are trying to rectify that.”
Ceres assistant coach Ian Treyes is banking on fresh legs to strengthen the team after a run of five high-intensity matches. The run of five matches have seen the club go two points behind third placed Global in the standings.
“These past two weeks we played five games already. We hope that with some adjustments of players, the team can perform much better than the previous one,” said Treyes. “I hope that the newcomers can add up to our team.”
Ceres newcomer Joshua Dutosme is keen to prove his worth to the club after joining the team during the last transfer window.
“We’re training hard everyday,” said Dutosme. “If coach (Risto Vidakovic) will give me the chance, I’ll do my best to help the team get the victory.”