Matthew Hartmann scored the lone goal as Global Cebu FC exacted its revenge on Ceres Negros FC, 1-0, in the heated second Visayas Clasico offering of the Philippines Football League (PFL) on Wednesday at the Cebu City Sports Center.
Hartmann kicked the ball past substitute goalkeeper Louie Casas late in the first half to help Global Cebu get even with its Visayan rival, which handed them a 0-1 loss a month ago.
The goal also marked Global’s first real home game and fifth overall win, which hiked its total to 17 points and firmed up its hold of No. 3.
Ceres Negros suffered its second loss in seven matches as it dropped to No. 5 with 13 points. The defeat halted the team’s three-game winning streak.
Things got off to a fiery start as Global’s striker Sekou Sylla and Ceres’ goalkeeper Roland Muller were slapped with straight red cards just 12 minutes past the kickoff following a confrontation.
The Busmen almost scored the opener in the 25th minute when Stephan Shrock sent a ball to Iaian Ramsay, who fired from a tight angle but was denied by goalkeeper Patrick Deyto.
After a loose set piece, Hikaru Minegishi passed a quality layoff to an unmarked Hartmann as the former Azkals stalwart launched from outside the box and found the back of the net in the 42nd, sparking a celebration from the 5,350 in attendance.
Bienvenido Marañon and Manny Ott subbed in halfway the second half, creating plenty of chances for the Negrenses to equalize.
However, Deyto displayed some superb saves and the rest of the Cebuanos put up sturdy defense until the eight-minute added time ended.
Meanwhile, Kaya FC-Makati crushed a hapless Stallion Laguna FC, 3-1, at the rain-soaked Biñan Football Stadium.
Miguel Tanton struck a brace via free kicks and Jordan Mintah notched the other goal as Kaya Makati nailed its fourth win in nine games allowing them to climb to No. 4 with 14 points.
The Makati-based booters also broke its three-game drought after suffering two defeats and conceding a draw to the Visayan powerhouse squads.
Stallion Laguna squandered another chance to score its breakthrough victory in its fifth home match as it absorbed its sixth setback and stayed on No. 7 with three points.