Ceres continue to be the only side still with a 100 per cent record in the 2015 United Football League season after beating Loyola Meralco Sparks 5-2 on Saturday.
Ceres broke the deadlock at the Rizal Memorial Stadium through Adrian Gallardo’s 19th-minute opener, before Patrick Reichelt doubled their advantage three minutes before halftime.
They then looked to have effectively ended the contest when Martin Steuble added a third with a long-range strike eight minutes after the hour mark, only for Phil Younghusband to pull one back for the Sparks a minute later with a tidy finish from inside the area.
Adam Mitter then sparked more life into Loyola when he headed home in the 73rd minute to further reduce the deficit but Gallardo restored Ceres’ two-goal cushion nine minutes from time, before the Spaniard completed his hat-trick in injury-time to wrap up a fine display from his side.
The result was Ceres’ seventh win in as many games and sees them move top of the table, three points ahead of second-placed Kaya.
Meanwhile, following three defeats in four games in all competition, Global got back to winning ways in emphatic fashion after thrashing Manila Jeepney 10-1.
It took just four minutes for Mark Hartmann to put Global ahead as he finished off Misagh Bahadoran’s cut-back, and Hikaru Minegishi made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute when he headed home a Satoshi Otomo cross.
Hartmann then struck again in bizarre fashion in the 39th minute when he put the ball in the back of the net while trying to return possession to Jeepney, but Global showed good sportsmanship by allowing their opponents to immediately score one back from the restart with Arnel Amita being the beneficiary.
However, Hartmann did find the back of the net once more two minutes before halftime to complete his hat-trick, before Bahadoran got in on the act in the 48th minute when he netted on the rebound after Minegishi’s initial effort had come back off the post.
The contest was all but over when Bahadoran doubled his tally for the evening three minutes later to make it 6-1, although Global were still not done yet and went on to record a huge winning margin courtesy of further strikes from Yu Hoshide, Renato Gonzalez, Izzeldin Elhabbib and Minegishi.
In Saturday’s other match, Team Socceroo notched their first win of the season to move one spot up to eighth following a 4-0 triumph over bottom side Philippine Army GTI.
Socceroo were always in control after goals from Jerome Cuyos and Masood Shadideh put them 2-0 up at halftime, before Beleu Cleopas grabbed a second-half brace to add more gloss on the win.
Saturday’s United Football League Results
Philippine Army GTI 0-4 Team Socceroo
Global 10-1 Manila Jeepney
Ceres 5-2 Loyola Meralco Sparks