Ceres 4, Stallion 2
Ceres stays perfect in the UFL FA Cup with another four goal haul on Tuesday in Rizal Memorial.
Stallion struck first with an early goal by Jordan, their new African striker. Adrian Gallardo equalized minutes later, then the busman grabbed the game by the throat with both hands. Stallion keeper Kuloy Muñoz came up with a series of saves to keep the score 1-1 at the half.
But in the second half substitute Patrick Reichelt scored off a sweet Gallardo cross then off a header. Stallion made it 3-2 with a glorious free kick from Angel Carrascosa, but Ceres regained the two-goal advantage with a Juani Guirado header.
The Ceres midfield of Manny Ott and Carlie De Murga in holding mid, Orman Okunaiya and Jayson Panhay on the left, and Jin ho Kim or Dodz Pasinabo on the right works very well in supplying Gallardo up top alongside Reichelt. They pass the ball around well, and their movement off the ball is so good that Stallion was unable to press Ceres to get possession for much of the game. The scoreline, in my opinion flatters Stallion a bit.
After the game club director Ali Go said that new signing Paul Mulders is expected to come in next month. Go says it will take time for him to learn the system, but that “he is a smart player.”
Louie Casas started in goal for the busmen in their win against Pachanga but on Tuesday Ed Sacapaño played. Both keepers have done well. Go says Casas is the team’s number one but that there is great competition and friendship between the two. They were previously team mates on the national team as early as 2004.
Go says Casas gets the start in their next big match against Loyola on October 2. Ceres play Army on September, and I would think Sacapaño will get the start against his former team.
Pachanga Diliman 4, Manila Jeepney 3.
As this score suggests, this was a wild one indeed.
Behrouz Khozshgavar opened the scoring early before Koffi Kouassi equalized. He then hit the woodwork twice, once off a bicycle kick.
Jinggoy Valmayor then powered brilliantly past Ace Villanueva off a sweet delivery by Shayan Jafari Dastjerdi for 2-1. A few minutes before the half Jeepney are down to ten men when Alexandro Elnar bizarrely blocks a Valmayor shot with his hand. Referee Michael Barajas gave the ex-Spark a red card and gave Pachanga a penalty. Park Yi Young converted for 3-1.
Then, things get very interesting.
Jeepney coach Kim Chul-su moved centerback Jahanbahksh Taher up to striker. That changed everything.
Pachanga could have salted the game away but Jeepney keeper Michael Menzi did well to neutralize Dastjerdi on a 1v1. On the very next possession, Kouassi got his brace for 3-2. Minutes later Pachanga’s Raffy Cabug fouls Khosro Siamazgi and Barajas once again points to the spot. Taher converts the penalty and the shorthanded Beep Beep Squad is, incredibly, level after being down by two.
Who wouldn’t celebrate a penalty under those circumstances like this?
Taher celebrates his penalty. Image copyright Bob Guerrero.
Jeepney continued to press and create chances. Pachanga played their traditional high defensive line/offside trap but with a back line unfamiliar with one another, it wasn’t always working. Yuki Matsuda, the PD coach, even brought on Andrew Santiago, who wasn’t 100% fit but is their regular CB, to settle matters.
Then with fifteen minutes to go a marvelous team goal settled matters.
Khozshgavar unspooled a lovely cross from the right flank that substitute Lee Jeong Woo artfully dinked back to an unmarked Valmayor, who finished clinically for 4-3.
After the final whistle Taher and PD boss got into a shouting match that thankfully did not escalate.
“The result is not good for us,” admitted Matsuda. Understandable since a team up 3-1 at the half against a ten man side usually expects to win in more comfortable fashion. “The midfield players were not coming back on defense,” added the coach.
Jeepney playing assistant coach Davide Cortina said his young side made mistakes and they would learn from them. He also had this to say to the rest of the league.
“If any team does not take us seriously, it will be a big mistake.” Jeepney are on one point after two games. Pachanga are on three points with a win and a loss.
I was impressed with Eric Ben Giganto of Jeepney. Cheeky, intelligent player, good crosser of the ball from the right. Nano Amita is talented but overdribbles and was thus not that effective. He had an escapada chance to score late in the game and finished poorly, straight at Ace Villanueva. He’ll have better days.
Valmayor worked hard and deserved his two goals.
Good to see Ace Villanueva and Michael Menzi, who will both see action in the UAAP Season 77, get some good experience in goal. They both showed a lot of promise.