AFC Cup: Kaya FC-Iloilo dominates Lao Toyota, keeps knockout round hopes alive
Kaya FC-Iloilo kept its knockout stage hopes alive as they scored a dominant win over Lao Toyota FC, 5-1 in their AFC Cup group stage match held at Panaad Stadium earlier today.
Ghanaian forward Jordan Mintah stood out as the match’s top performer, scoring his first AFC Cup goals eh route to a hat-trick while Connor Tacagni and Yannick Tuason scored one goal apiece for the Ilonggo squad. Kazuo Honma scored the lone consolation goal for the Laotian champions.
Kaya started the match with urgency from the opening whistle and was rewarded with a goal 11 minutes later. Marwin Angeles delivered a lofty ball into Mintah’s path in the right flank. Initially looking as a lost opportunity, Mintah got to the ball first and outmuscled Lao Toyota defender Ketsada Soukhsavanh all the way to the penalty box and produced a precise finish past goalkeeper Outthilath Nammakhoth.
They doubled the lead at 40 minutes, when an in-swinging Kaya corner was headed by Darryl Roberts into a crowd of players in front of goal. Tacagni was the quickest to react and directed the ball to an open gap in the defense and scored.
Despite an encouraging start from the Lao Toyota offense in the second half, it was Kaya who scored their third goal as Mintah got to the end of a searching ball from fullback Tyler Matas in the 66th minute as he outran the Lao Toyota defense and the outrushing Nammakhoth and dinked the ball to an empty net for his second goal of the match.
The Laotian club got a goal back in the 70th minute courtesy of Honma from a searching cross by Rafael Rodrigues to try and spark a late fightback, but second-half substitute Tuazon put the match out of the visitors’ reach in the 86th minute as he produced a confident finish from a through ball provided by Mintah.
Mintah capped his Man of the Match performance three minutes later as he collected a pass from Tuazon and produced a blast of a finish outside the penalty box into the top corner of the Lao Toyota goal, giving Nammakhoth no chance to save it.
The win elevates Kaya to 8 points and second place in Group H and keeps them in the hunt for at least a best second place finish. The Ilonggos will travel to Singapore to face reigning ASEAN Zonal champions Home United for their final group stage match on May 14.
01 May 2019 AFC CUP 2019 PREVIEW: SHAN UNITED VS CERES-NEGROS A sizzling matchup awaits as Ceres-Negros travels to Myanmar to face Shan United on May 1 at the Thuwanna YTC Stadium in Yangon. The Busmen needs a point in the next two games to clinch the qualification to the knockout rounds. Ceres-Negros was victorious in the first matchday as they edged the Myanmar National League runners up to 3-2 win last February 26 at the Panaad Stadium. OJ Porteria topscored with a brace while Bienvenido added a goal while Zan Min Tun and Dway Ko Chit scored for the visitors. The busmen raced to a 3-1 lead in the match before Shan added another but the matched finished with the home squad earning a full three points after the final whistle. Both teams come into Matchday 5 coming from both ends of the table. Ceres-Negros are on top with four wins while Shan United are bottom with four defeats. The Myanmar side has scored four goals in the competition with half of it against the busmen. The Philippine champions will be keen to extend their unbeaten run while the Myanmar representatives will look to use home advantage to score their first points this year. The match will also be played under extreme conditions with a heat index of above fourty degrees at the 330PM kickoff. The Yangon heat has been brutal to away teams especially with Ceres who have played three times in the same venue in the last year. Stephan Schrock and Maranon is expected to suit up after good performances in the past in the same stadium while Hedipo Conceicao and Dway Ko Chit will lead the attack for the Myanmar squad. Super Herrera will be unavailable for the match after accumulating two yellow cards in the last four games. He will be available on matchday 6 against Becamex Binh Duong. Forward Zin Min Tun will also serve a suspension in the match. Ceres midfielder Miguel Tanton is aware of the challenge at hand. “I think the away leg is always more difficult because they know us a little better,” said Tanton. “Now they are at home so we have to travel and add on to that, the heat. Its gonna be a difficult game but he have a game plan ready to get the three points,” added the spitfire midfielder. The Negros squad will clinch qualification to the knockout rounds with a draw or if Becamex fails to win against Persija Jakarta in Vietnam. The match will be shown live on 5PLUS channel on Free TV and on Fox Sports (1) cable channel at 5PM (PH time). It will also be streamed in the Philippines via ESPN5 YouTube channel. ceresfootball.com/afc-cup-2019-preview-shan-united-vs-ceres-negros/
Ceres-Negros barged into the knockout stages of the ASEAN Zonal semis after it dispatched Shan United 5-0 last May 1 at the Thuwanna YTC Stadium in Yangon. Bienvenido Maranon topscored with a hat trick while Carlie De Murga and OJ Porteria added one apiece for the Philippine squad.
The busmen had difficulty to pierce the Shan goal in the first half as a resolute performance from Phone Thitsar Min kept the Filipinos at bay. De Murga came closest in the 26th with a header but it grazed the crossbar and out.
It was in the 38th minute when the Filipinos broke through after Maranon initiated a one-two with Mahir Karic which freed the Spaniard to strike the inside of the post and in for the opening goal.
Mike Ott was fouled inside the box in the 42nd which forced the referee to point to the spot. Maranon stepped in and converted his brace to put Ceres-Negros ahead 2-0 at the break.
Ceres-Negros continued the barrage in the second half but Thitsar Min kept them in contention. Twin shots from Ott were denied as the young goalkeeper maintained the scoreline.
Shan United had a great chance to get a goal back in the 66th but Pyoe Wai’s shot off a breakaway hit the crossbar to the relief of Roland Muller.
The Negros squad went 3-0 up after Maranon shot through the defenders legs and sent the keeper the wrong way. Substitute Kevin Ingreso almost scored from the distance with his first touch but the keeper did well to punch it out.
It was in the 79th minute when De Murga joined the scoring fray. Alvaro Silva head in a corner which went straight to the De Murga who instinctively headed it towards the far post.
OJ Porteria completed the scoring in the 85th minute after he casually passed the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net. United had a golden chance to score with Maicon directing a pass towards goal but De Murga was in the goal line to block the shot before it was finally collected by Muller.
“We are happy for the result and the performance of the boys,” said assistant Coach Ian Treyes who stood in for the suspended Risto Vidakovic. “They were patient and gave their one-hundred percent and now we’re in the (ASEAN Zone) semifinals,” he added.
Ceres-Negros have qualified to ASEAN Zone semifinals for the third straight year and will complete their group stage campaign with a home match against Becamex Binh Duong on May 15.
Early goals condemn Kaya-Iloilo to away defeat at hands of Home United By Lorenzo del Carmen
After six matches, Kaya-Iloilo Football Club’s inconsistent performance in the continent culminated in a premature exit in the 2019 AFC Cup group stage. Needing a win to keep alive their hopes of qualifying to the knockouts, the LBC-backed club instead suffered a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Singapore Premier League team Home United, Tuesday evening at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. The result relegates Kaya to 3rd place with eight points after Home leapfrogged them to 2nd place with 10 points. The latter finish as runners-up of Group H and earn a slim chance of advancing to the Zonal semi-finals. Kaya finish their AFC Cup stint with two each of wins, draws, and losses after six matchdays. Noel Marcaida’s men endured the worst possible start in a football game when they conceded a goal just moments after the referee blew his whistle to start the match. Midfielder Adam Swandi took advantage of some lackluster defending from the visiting team. The 23-year-old found himself with space and shot past former Azkals goalkeeper Louie Casas to break the deadlock. Kaya then tried to respond, but Home goalie Rudy Khairullah denied Jordan Mintah’s cheeky attempt with a great stop. Mintah’s missed proved costly for the Filipinos, as defender Abdil Qaiyyim headed in his side’s second goal in the 18th minute off a set-piece. With their qualification hopes hanging by a thread, Kaya had no choice but to push forward in the second half. Mintah, Connor Tacagni, and skipper Jovin Bedic all had their sniffs at goal, but none of them successfully found the back of the net as Home celebrated its most vital win in the competition so far.
Coach Risto Vidakovic is hoping for a good home crowd when Ceres-Negros faces Becamex Binh Duong Wednesday night in their final match of the group stage of the AFC Cup.
Though the Busmen have already qualified for the next round , the coach believes that the home crowd can give an extra boost for them to finish strong in the elimination round.
“I hope the fans will come tomorrow and watch because we don’t have any pressure for the game,” said Vidakovic. “As I said before, I don’t like these kind of matches without pressure because we need some it in the games. We need to be prepared, focused, and maybe a little bit nervous also before the game,” he added.
The home squad will also have the chance to make an ASEAN Zone record if they finish unbeaten or even undefeated in the group stages. A record that would be more impressive given that they are in what is considered the group of death in the zone.
Vidakovic hopes that the continued home support will be the x-factor similar to the first two home games which allowed the team to dictate their winning run in the competition.
“We had a good crowd in our last game here and I hope everyone will come tomorrow to enjoy. We will give everything tomorrow, we will play offensive football, and we will try to score goals in this important game. If the crowd comes, it will be much better,” the Ceres mentor added.
Kickoff for the match is set at 8PM at the Panaad Stadium with tickets available at the bleachers gates starting at 530PM. The match will be shown live on TV via 5PLUS and Fox Sports and will be streamed live via the ESPN5 YouTube channel.
AFC Cup 2019: Wander strike downs Ceres and sends Binh Duong through
Wander Luiz netted a stunning 88th-minute strike to hand Becamex Binh Duong a 1-0 win at Ceres-Negros and seal their place in the ASEAN Zone semi-finals of AFC Cup 2019.
With the win, Binh Duong overtook Tampines Rovers as the best runners-up by virtue of a superior goal difference and will now meet PSM Makassar in the zonal semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Ceres – who had already sealed their progress before this round – will meet Hanoi FC.
CERES-NEGROS: Roland Muller, Sean Kane, Carli de Murga (Alvaro Silva 79’), Manuel Herrera, Jeffrey Christiaens (Joshua Dutosme 85’), Miguel Tanton, Stephan Schrock, Bienvenido Maranon, OJ Porteria (Curt Dizon 87’), Mike Ott, Mahir Karic.
26 June 2019 Ceres-Negros falls short against Hanoi, ends AFC Cup run A late run wasn’t enough as Ceres-Negros FC bowed to Hanoi FC 2-1 (3-2 in aggregate) in the second leg of the ASEAN semifinal of the AFC Cup. Pape Omar and Nguyen Van Quyet scored for the home squad while Curt Dizon pulled one back for the visitors. The Vietnamese champs put the pressure early which resulted to plenty of chances for the men in purple. Do Hung Dung had the best chance in the 18th minute be he missed a sitter in front of goal. Nguyen Quang Hai had a chance of his own a minute later but he sorely missed from outside the box. Ceres-Negros held on halfway into the half as Hanoi’s attacking barrage was controlled well by the defense. A screamer from Ngan Van Dai near the hour mark was the closest but was over the bar. The home squad continued near the end of the half but a sorry miss from Van Quyet and a superb save from Roland Muller from a Do Hung Dung shot meant that it was still 0-0 at the half. Hanoi picked up where they left off in the first half after Sean Kane was forced to block a shot in front of goal. A chance from Quang Hai in the 51st was threatening but Silva made a last ditch tackle to quell the danger. Mike Ott beat his marker in the 54th but his resulting pass near the goal line was straight to the keeper. Substitue Pham Than Luong laid off to an open Quang Hai but the young player blasted it over the bar.
A controversial through ball to Nquyen Van Quyet allowed the forward some space before he released to Pape Omar who tucked in the opening goal. The Ceres-Negros defense was up in arms as the striker was deemed in an offside position with the assistant hesitating to call the offside. Miguel Tanton had a chance from distance but his attempt was way wide. Stephan Schrock lost the ball in his own half which allowed Hanoi to threaten with the ball landing to Van Quyet who makes it 2-0 to send the almost four-thousand crowd into celebration. Ceres-Negros put on the pressure in the remaining minutes with Hanoi comfortably ahead. A lay off by Kane to Ott allowed the midfielder to shoot from the edge of the box but the ball goes wide of the top corner. Tanton almost found Alvaro Silva but his header off a corner was not on target. A fine delivery from the wings from Schrock allowed substitute Curt Dizon to pull back a goal for the Philippine champs in the 85th minute to silence the crowd and make it 2-1. Schrock almost delivered another assist in injury time after passing to Ott whose shot was palmed out by Nguyen Van Cuong. The busmen had the best chances in the last minute when Mahir Karic won the ball on the edge of the goal line before releasing to Silva whose shot was blocked by the defense. Tanton recovered the rebound but the final attempt was wide. The referee blew the whistle after three minutes of extra time with Hanoi FC ending Ceres-Negros campaign in the AFC Cup, their fourth consecutive appearance in the knockout stages. Hanoi FC makes the final for the first time and will play against the winners in the semis between Becamex Bin Duong and PSM Makassar. ceresfootball.com/ceres-negros-falls-short-against-hanoi-ends-afc-cup-run/
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