Ceres-Negros down Shan United to march on at the top

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by Gabriel Tan

Ceres-Negros moved three points clear at the top of AFC Cup Group F on Tuesday after claiming a 2-0 win over Shan United.

It initially looked as though the Philippine outfit would be frustrated at the Panaad Park and Stadium, as they spent much of the game struggling to break down their resilient opponents.

But, with 11 minutes remaining, the breakthrough finally arrived for Ceres when opposition left-back Hein Thiha Zaw’s comical attempt to clear Mike Ott’s cross saw him fire the ball off this own post, paving the way for Patrick Reichelt to poke home on the rebound.

Four minutes later, Ott – who was arguably the hosts’ best player on the night – embarked on another unstoppable charge down the left, leaving three defenders in his wake before cutting a pass back to leave Bienvenido Maranon with a simple tap-in.

The victory sees Ceres sitting comfortably at the top of Group F on seven points, three ahead of Home United, while Shan and Boeung Ket are tied in the lower half on three points each.

CERES-NEGROS: Toni Doblas, Sean Kane (Junior Munoz 46’), Carli de Murga, Manuel Herrera, Kevin Ingreso, Omid Nazari, Stephan Schrock (OJ Porteria 88’), Manny Ott, Mike Ott, Bienvenido Maranon, Takumi Uesato (Patrick Reichelt 46’).

SHAN UNITED: Thiha Sithu, Htike Htike Aung, Win Min Htut, William Nyakwe, Hein Thiha Zaw, Chit Su Moe (Aung Show Thar Maung 72’), Lee Han-kuk, Nay Lin Tun (Zin Min Tun 80’), Dway Ko Ko Chit (Patrick Asare 61’), Yan Naing Oo, Christopher Chizoba.