By Jerome S. Galunan, Jr.
The winning streak at the Panaad Park and Stadium came to end last night for Ceres-Negros FC as they lost their Philippines Football League (PFL) match, 2-1, to FC Meralco Manila.
The first goal did not come until the second half, when Meralco midfielder Curt Dizon met the back of the net in the 53rd minute.
Ceres defender Manuel Herrera managed to land the equalizer in 71st minute, however the winning goal was scored two minutes later by Meralco midfielder Simon Greatwich.
Ceres coach Risto Vidaković said his players may have been experiencing fatigue, following a rigorous schedule between league play and the AFC Cup.
“It’s quite hard to motivate the players who are still celebrating our last victory over Home United,” he said.
Meanwhile, Meralco coach Aris Caslib offered some advice for his opponents, who will soon be competing in the AFC Inter-Zonal semi-finals against FC Istikol of Tajikistan.
“Ceres FC should rest some of their key players as they prepare for the AFC Cup,” he said.
Caslib also credited the Negrense club for “lifting the bar of football in the country.”
Ceres meets the FC Istikol next week, August 22, in Tajikistan./WDJ