Saturday, September 16, 2017

Marked man. Global Cebu striker Rufo Sanchez was tighly-marked by the Meralco defense; too tight for some fans who booed the visitors every time the Cebu striker was held down. (SunStar Foto/Ruel Rosello)

GLOBAL Cebu FC’s unbeaten run at home in the Philippines Football League (PFL) continues after a scoreless draw with league leader FC Meralco Manila yesterday at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC).

“It’s a tough draw. We had too many games in the past seven days. There were chances to score but it didn’t go,” said Global Cebu FC head coach Akbar Nawas.

Global Cebu FC logged two draws and a win in the last seven days. After the international break, Global Cebu played the Davao Aguilas to a 2-2 draw in Davao but won last Wednesday against Davao, 3-1.

The Cebu side had its hands full against FC Meralco Manila. Rufo Sanchez was defended well by the defense, especially by Milan Nikolic, who marked him most of the time.

It was a fast-paced match in the first half before the rain poured at halftime, which changed the complexity of the match.

Global Cebu FC goalkeeper Patrick Deyto and Nawas felt that the rain that drenched the field forced the players to play safe.

“Our defense played well, Merlaco’s defense played well. It was very difficult to score a goal. It could have been different if the pitch was better. It was a fair result in the end,” said Deyto, who was named “Man of the Match.”

Deyto prevented Meralco from taking the lead in the first half after Tahj Minniecon found himself free just inside the box. He fired low and left but Deyto managed to parry the ball for a corner.

“There was some flooding in the field, which forced both teams to play scrappy football. We tried our best,” said Nawas.

Both teams had some good attempts in the second half but somehow the ball would’t hit the back of the net.

A total of 4,850 fans were in attendance, which impressed FC Meralco Manila head coach Aris Caslib.

“It was a fantastic crowd,” he said. “It’s one that can match up with Ceres. But here, there were a lot of kids watching, which is good because the effect of this will be definitely long-term.” (RSC)

Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on September 17, 2017.

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