Ceres Negros edge 10-man Kaya Iloilo and hand first home loss

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A solitary goal courtesy of Patrick Reichelt in the 15th minute proved to be the decider as Ceres Negros hand 10-man Kaya Iloilo their first home loss in their final league encounter.

After escaping with a draw in their previous encounter, Ceres started aggressive on the offensive end right from the start threatening hosts Kaya with an early attempt.

The hosts responded with the their own attempts on Ceres’ final third but the visitors had the brighter of chances in the early proceedings.

The initiative shown by the away side eventually paid off as Patrick Reichelt scored off a feed by Uesato in the 15th minute of the match.

Shortly after the icebreaker, a short but heavy downpour was experienced that lasted between 10 to 15 minutes that put some parts of pitch quite logged with moisture. Despite of this the game went on but the conditions might have affected the overall dynamics of the game.

With the pitch made damp by the rains, the gameplay was affected that frustrated both teams that could have contributed with the match becoming more heated.

However, in the 34 minute, Kaya Iloilo suffered a major setback as Robert Lopez Mendy received his second yellow card and was ejected.

With the league’s top-scorer out of the game and the squad missing one man quite early in the match, Kaya were presented with an uphill climb to come up with an equaliser.

Ceres Negros, knowing the predicament of their rivals, exploited their man-advantage with a view to further increase their lead.

Kaya then were limited to focusing on defensive duties for most of the match given the danger presented by the league leaders, which they were able to execute well for the most part at the expense of the match turning into a more attritional and gutsy affair.

Right at the end of the first half, Reichelt once again came close to increasing their lead for Ceres but Ace Villanueva was able to deny the shot as halftime break arrived with only a goal separating the two sides.

In the second half, Kaya came out with an urgency in an attempt to catch Ceres by surprise right from the restart. However, the half-chances remained as such without seeing any conversions.

The hosts had a promising chance well after the hour mark but it also came to naught.

Late in the match, the proceedings became more physical in nature with a few stoppages dotting the proceedings with fouls being committed.

Late in the match, with the slim scoreline by Ceres and the game still very much in the balance despite being down to ten men, Kaya tried their best in the last throes of the game to come up with an equaliser coming close in injury time as substitute Jayson Panhay coming close to even things out only to be denied by a brilliant effort by Ceres’ stopper Toni Doblas.

The final whistle arrived with Ceres Negros eventually getting the win by edging out their regional rivals which would serve as a massive result being the only loss inflicted to Kaya Iloilo in their home pitch in their last face-off in the season.

The result extends Ceres Negros lead in the Philippines Football League standings to 12 points.

Meanwhile the other scheduled match between JPV Marikina and Global Cebu did not push through due to Global’s inability to play the match ending in a win for the Marikina club by default.

Photo credit: Kaya Futbol Club Facebook Page