Ceres-Negros FC and Kaya Iloilo FC tallied respective victories as the AFC Cup 2019 Group Stages continue.

The visiting Busmen behind Bienvenido Maranon’s hat-trick muscled their way on a 3-1 victory against home team Becamex Binh Duong FC at the Go Dau Stadium in Thu Dau Mot, Vietnam last March 12th.

Maranon fired his shots that found the back of the net during the 26th, 43rd and 78th minute respectively, to give the Bacolod-based team another three points and allowed them to hold the Group G table leadership at six points.

“I think we can still improve,” Maranon said via Inquirer.net. “We are not yet in our best form, but we need to make up from our performance in the last game.”

Wander Luiz hit a goal for the home side in the 72nd minute to give Ceres-Negros a scare but Maranon quickly answered six minutes later to put the game out of reach.

Kaya FC Iloilo fired from all cylinders in trashing Singapore’s Home United, 5-0 at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City last March 14th to share the leadership of Group H with Indonesia’s PSM Makassar with four points.

Two Kaya players scored a brace in the match with Daryl Roberts found the back of the net during the 2nd and 37th minute, and,  Alfred Osei during the 49th and 55th minute.

Jovin Bedic also joined in the goal frenzy after recording a goal in the 33rd minute.

“It’s really a big win for us,” said Kaya coach Noel Marcaida via ESPN 5. “Not just getting the three points. We took the opportunity to give a gift to our boss (Santi Araneta). Two days ago, it was his birthday. Also, one of players, Michael Casas, had his birthday yesterday. And lastly, to the mom of our player Yannick Tuason who is in the hospital.”

Kaya FC Iloilo will hit the road on April 2nd as they will face PSM Makassar at the Pakansari Stadium, Cibinong, West Java, Indonesia for their next Group H assignment while Ceres-Negros will defend their home turf on battling Indonesia’s Persija Jakarta the following day at the Panaad Stadium, Bacolod City.


FEU holds solo leadership in the table after UAAP men’s football first round


Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws hold the leadership of the table as the first round of UAAP Season 81 men’s football wrap-up.

The Tamaraws tallied 15 points built on four wins and four draws while De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers hold the second spot with 12 points. Following them are the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles with 10 points, tying with University of Santo Tomas(UST) Golden Booters, who also had the same points.

National University (NU) Bulldogs recorded eight points while defending champion University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, University of the East (UE) Red Warriors and Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons are in the bottom with eight points each.

The Bulldogs managed to catapult themselves into the fifth place after the UAAP awarded additional three points due to forfeiture of the Fighting Maroons win over the Bulldogs last February 28th, thanks to a ‘’procedural issue .’’

‘’The UP-NU match on February 28, 2019, started off with an issue with the inspection of the uniforms. The Match Commissioner found out that the UP Football Team did not have their IDs. With that, that’s already an automatic default. Upon inspection kapag wala parin yung IDs, automatic default yun. It is already decided’’ said UAAP Football Commissioner Rely San Agustin via ABS-CBN Sports.

Still, the match went on after the Bulldogs was informed on the ‘’procedural issue’’ debacle of the Fighting Maroons. UP defeating NU, with a score of 2-1, thanks to Kyle Magdato and JB Borlongan goals in the 32nd and 59th respectively.

National University quickly filed a protest due to UP’s procedural infraction in which the UAAP resolved.

Adamson University also earned their first victory in virtue of 2-1 result against UP with Allen Lozano ‘s brace catapulted the Soaring Falcons to end their two-year winless drought and finish the first round with seven points tying UP and UE.

Adamson U last victory was recorded against DLSU courtesy of a 1-0 decision back in Season 79.

De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers hold the straight hold position in the women’s football tournament after tallying 10 points built on three wins and a draw.

University of Santo Tomas (UST) Lady Booters and Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws are holding the second and third spots with seven and six points respectively.

University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons and Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles are in the tail-end of the table with three points apiece.

The second round of the UAAP men’s and women’s football tournament will begin this week.


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