Ceres bounce back from first defeat with Socceroo rout

United Football League leaders Ceres got back to winning ways following their first defeat of the 2015 campaign on Tuesday after beating Team Socceroo 4-0.

Ivorian midfielder Orman Okunaiya fired them in front on the stroke of halftime before Patrick Reichelt doubled their lead with a penalty in the 48th minute, following a foul on Nate Burkey inside the box.

Ceres then put the result beyond doubt nine minutes after the hour mark when they scored a third through a Lemuel Unabia effort, and the rout was completed eight minutes from time when Burkey also converted from the spot, after Reichelt had been brought down in the area by Stanley Ankrah.

The emphatic victory ensured Ceres responded in the best way possible, after they had their 100 per cent start to the season ended last Saturday following a 2-0 defeat to Global.

Still, with eight wins and just one loss to their name following the first round of the season, Ceres are firmly on course to challenge for the title as they currently hold a three-point lead over second-placed Stallion FC.

Team Socceroo: Marco Poli, Jerome Cuyos, Stanley Ankrah, Paolo Casambre, Arnel Casil, Ryan Fermin, Michael Reyes (John Michael Navarro 10’), Feb Baya, Rogie Maglinas (Jon Aaron Carlos 8’), Masood Shadideh, Beleu Cleopas.

Ceres: Eduard Sacapano, Jason Sabio, Juan Luis Guirado (Lemuel Unabia 46’), Valentine Kama, Jason Panhay, Marwin Angeles (Camelo Tacusalme 72’), Martin Steuble (Manny Ott 61’), Orman Okunaiya (Arnie Pasinabo 54’), Patrick Reichelt, Jalsor Soriano (Marvin Angeles 61’), Nate Burkey.


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