Davao Aguilas Bellmare secure final four spot at the expense of Ceres Negros

September 24, 2018

Davao takes a 2-1 victory against Ceres despite being one-man down to make it to the semis, as the Bacolod-based squad has been knocked out of the group stages after playing all of their group stage matches.

As soon as the match started, Davao Aguilas Bellmare were the more offensive side as chances came on very early from well-planned plays and tactics. In the first couple minutes, Jason de Jong and Phil Younghusband were able to create some chances on goal but couldn’t convert. Although Ceres had some chances as well, the Davao-based squad was not threatened as Patrick Deyto played with confidence and was comfortable with his saves.

Matthew Hartmann on the other hand, was joining in on the attack as he had some chances from the left side also, but was not able to convert his attempts.

After a couple of corner kicks, Davao found themselves up by 1 as Wes dos Santos was able to head the ball in off of Hartmann’s corner kick. The ball squeezed in the near post and Muller (Ceres GK) wasn’t able to keep the ball out.

For the rest of the first half, Aguilas and Ceres battled it out with counter-attacking plays as both sides were able to get attempts on goal. There weren’t many attempt from Ceres but when they had their chances at goal, Deyto was quick to react and save his team from conceding. Both sides traded shots on target but produced nothing and at the end of the half, it was 1-0 for Davao.

The second half began with a moment of regret for Ceres as Junior Munoz gave away a penalty kick as he handled the ball with his arm. With no surprise, P. Younghusband was the one who stepped up for the spot-kick and confidently delivered Davao’s 2nd goal as he guided the ball to the lower right corner of the goal. It was now 2-0 at this point in the game.

Davao seemed to be on the verge of getting a 3rd goal but Ceres struck back quickly as Mike Ott was able to put in a loose ball in side Davao’s penalty box as defenders were struggling to clear the ball. It was now 2-1 after at the 53 minute mark.

Moments after, at 60 minutes, Dos Santos was sent off for a second booking off an encounter with Powell, who was also booked for pushing Wes right after being fouled. Wes’ first yellow was handed moments before his 2nd booking as he made a late challenge on Mulders, who then chased and grabbed Wes from behind and gave him a headlock, but without receiving a yellow card for the 2nd motion.

The advantage of Ceres having a full 11 did not bear any fruit as the Aguilas were able to defend properly and hold their lead until the very end to frustrate the league champions. The full time whistle eventually came and the team from Mindanao secured a spot in the knockout stages where they will face either Kaya Iloilo, who secured their spot yesterday after a 3-3 draw against Global, or JPV Marikina who has yet to secure a spot as they are only 2 points ahead of Global with 2 games to play still.

Ceres is most likely to be knocked out from the Cup as they will need Stallion to lose by a total of 8 goals in 2 games against Davao to secure a 2nd seed finish over Stallion.

The starting lineups were:

Davao Aguilas: Deyto, Hall (81’), Wes, Casambre, McDonald, De Jong (67’), Tull, Gadia, Hartmann, De Bruycker (46’), P. Younghusband
Substitutes: Bayan Jr., Rota (67’), Matas (81’), Grommen, Salenga, J. Younghusband, Minniecon (46’)

Ceres Negros: Muller, Munoz, Super, Aguinaldo, Dutosme, Nazari, Mike Ott, Steuble, Manny Ott, Powell, Dizon
Substitutes: Sebuha, Barbaso, Mulders, Sacapano

Davao’s next game will be on September 26, Wednesday, as they try to end their group stage strong against a quick and tough Stallion side. See you in Rizal Memorial Stadium at 4pm!