Kaya’s Bedic tortures former team; Ceres routs Air Force
Jovin Bedic tormented his former team as Kaya-Iloilo overcame a gutsy challenge from Stallion Laguna, 2-0, while Ceres Negros nailed a breakthrough win on Wednesday in the Philippines Football League.
Facing the club he played with for three seasons until 2016, Bedic converted a 28th minute penalty at Biñan Football Stadium before Jordan Mintah sealed maximum points with a second half strike for his fourth goal in two matches as Kaya maintained its two point lead at the top.
“We needed to be 100 percent focused to get the three points,” Kaya coach Noel Marcaida said. “Stallion will always be tough to beat. But the players did just enough to take the win. It’s an important win because we know Stallion is one of the contenders for the title this season.”
Over at Rizal Memorial Stadium, defending champion Ceres Negros gave Philippine Air Force a rude welcome to the league with a 5-0 thumping thanks to a hattrick from Bienve Marañon.
Marañon scored his first goal via a free kick in the first half as the Airmen put plenty of players behind the ball to limit the Ceres attack.
But the floodgates opened in the second half as Curt Dizon grabbed the second goal, before Marañon added two more later.
Ceres’ win came a day after midfielder Kevin Ingreso announced he was immediately leaving the club after three seasons. Sources said the Filipino international is set to sign with Thai league powerhouse Buriram United.