• Filipino clubs shine in SG Cup prelims


    Filipino clubs Global FC and Ceres La Salle FC came out victorious in their separate outings in the preliminary round of the 2016 RHB Singapore Cup held at the Jalan Besar Stadium over the weekend.

    After besting their opponents in the first round of games in the yearly regional club football tilt, the two teams have earned their spots in the quarterfinal round.

    Consequently, Global FC will be facing Singaporean powerhouse Tampines Rovers FC in a two-legged quarterfinals series while Ceres La Salle will meet Brunei DPMM FC.

    Consequently, the home-and-away game schedule of the games of the top eight squads, which includes defending champions Albirez Niigata FC, Geylang International FC, Balestier Khalsa FC and Home United FC, are yet to be revealed by the Football Association of Singapore.

    Global, the newly crowned 2016 United Football League (UFL) Cup champions, handed Cambodian side Nagaworld FC a 5-0 beating in their meeting on Saturday.

    Striker Hikaru Minegeshi opened the scoring for Global with two swift goals in the ninth and 10th minutes while national team standout OJ Clarino added another goal in the 32nd to give their squad a 3-0 lead at halftime.

    Consequently, the men of Leigh Manson continued the second half of ball game with sustained dominance on the attacking end as Fil-Iranian player Omid Nazari clipped a goal in the 77th with a shifty move inside the box.

    Azkals’ defender Daisuke Sato struck the final goal for the Filipino club in the 84th minute off a long-range chip to outsmart the Nagaworld goalkeeper and seal the win.

    During their last outing in the Singapore Cup, Global FC crashed out of contention in the semi-finals following their 3-1 defeat on aggregate against eventual champs Albirex Niigata.

    Meanwhile, Bacolod’s Ceres La Salle FC relied on Stephan Schrock’s brace to trounce the Young Lions FC of Singapore, 3-1, in added extra time in their bout on Sunday.

    The opposing crews went out looking for the opening goal of the contest throughout their match but it was Ceres who took first blood with just a minute left on the first half courtesy of a goal by Schrock in the 44th.

    The Young Lions dug found the equalizing goal in the dying minutes after Joshua Pereira’s shot found the back of the net in the 87th minute to send the game into extra time.

    However, the Busmen took control of their foes in the added halves of the game with Schrock scoring another goal in the 100th minute mark while team captain Kim Sang Min notched a goal of his own in the 99th minute.

    In their recent foray in the international stage, Ceres La Salle was left to lament on a 0-1 loss against Hong Kong’s South China AA in the recently concluded 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup Round of 16 games.


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