First division clubs Ceres La Salle FC and Green Archers United FC posted wins over their foes in the third day of the United Football League Cup 2015 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium Tuesday.
Bacolod based team Ceres La Salle FC tallied their second win after slipping past Philippine Army FC, 2-1.
Ceres immediately pounded their way through the defense of their rivals sending 11 shots on target to Army’s goal but goalkeeper Wilson Muñoz held his ground to prevent any conversion.
Despite the Army’s very physical defense, Ceres was able to penetrate through a counter-attack—a goal by newly signed striker, from Pachanga Diliman FC, Lee Jeong Woo off a pass from Jeffrey Christiaens in the 19th minute.
After the break, the lead of coach Ali Go’s squad doubled after Azkals star Martin Steuble struck from a distance and found the back of the net in the 65th minute.
Army, however, retaliated with swift force, resulting in a goal by Joven Benitez a minute after Steuble’s goal to cut the lead of Ceres to just 2-1.
Ceres now holds a 2-0 win-loss record while Philippine Army drops to one win and one loss in Group A.
Meanwhile, Green Archers United FC beat non-league club Bright Star FC, 4-0, to etch their first win in the competition.
Bright Star controlled the tempo during the first 10 minutes of their bout against the division one squad.
The Green Archers, on the other hand, showed their non-UFL adversaries their mastery as Daniel Del Rio notched the first goal for his club off a corner in the 11th minute.
A barrage of shots were sent by the Archers in the remaining minutes of the opening half but Bright Star goalie Valentino Tolentino prevented them from going in.
Just before halftime, Floriano Pasilan broke the stifling defense of Tolentino as he extended the lead of his club to 2-0 going into the break.
De La Salle University booter Gelo Diamante gave the Archers a 3-0 advantage in the 80th minute through the passing skills of his teammates, which allowed him to drive the ball into the net.
Jovanie Simpron scored the final goal in the Tuesday double header of the UFL Cup, striking from a distance handing the Bright Star their second straight loss in the meet.