Filipino-German star booter Stephan Schrock led Ceres La Salle FC to a 3-0 thumping of Brunei DPMM FC, in the first leg of the 2016 RHB Singapore Cup quarterfinals at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Thursday.
The Azkals standout, who is just on loan from his Bundesliga second tier club SpVgg Greuther Furth, fired two shots on target to propel his club closer to the semifinals.
Ceres La Salle took care of business early in the match with a finish by national football team member Manuel Ott from deep inside the box off a pass from Bienvenido Maranon in the 15th minute.
The reigning champions of the United Football League gained command of the match in the 26th minute as Schrock found the back of the net with a strike.
Brunei sent counterattacks before the break but Ceres shot-stopper Louie Casas foiled them all.
An exchange of blows occupied the start of the second half until the Busmen scored again with Schrock connecting with a cross by Patrick Reichelt for a header in the 72nd minute.
But the Bacolod powerhouse club’s jubilation was interrupted as Ott was ejected out of the game with just five minutes left to play for his involvement in an altercation with Brazilian striker Rafael Ramazotti. Ott receiving a red card means Ceres will miss the services in the second leg of the quarterfinals.
The two clubs will face each other anew in their final quarterfinals bout at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Sunday.
Ceres La Salle secured a final eight berth with a 3-1 victory over Singaporean side Young Lions FC in extra time through a brace by Schrock.
Meanwhile, another Philippine team Global FC lost, 3-1, on aggregate score against the tough Tampines Rovers FC. Global FC is set to play in the second round today at 8 p.m.
Jaelle Nevin Reyes