Ceres-Negros edge closer to AFC Cup knockout round

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Ceres-Negros moved one step closer to a place in the knockout round of the AFC Cup after beating Shan United 1-0 at the Thuwunna Stadium on Wednesday.

The Philippine outfit, who were crowned the tournament’s inaugural ASEAN Zone champions last year, had to perfect opportunity to open the scoring at the Thuwunna Stadium when they were awarded a 14th minute penalty after Hein Phyo Win was penalised for handball.

Bienvenido Maranon stepped up to the spot and kept his cool, calmly stroking his shot into the bottom corner for his fourth goal of the campaign.

With the lead in their grasp, the visitors continued to look the likelier of the two teams to score again but were just unable to break through once more.

Nonetheless, they never looked in danger of relinquishing their advantage against a lacklustre Shan outfit, and were ultimately able to hold out for the win.

With the three points, Ceres tentatively move six points clear at the top of Group F ahead of Wednesday’s other match between Home United and Boeung Ket.

SHAN UNITED: Phone Thitsar Min, Hein Phyo Win, Win Min Htut, William Nyakwe, Phyo Paing Soe, Aung Show Thar Maung (Tin Win Aung 39’), Lee Han-kuk, Yan Naing Oo, Nay Lin Tun (Patrick Asare 75’), Dway Ko Ko Chit (Zin Min Tun 71’), Christopher Chizoba.

CERES-NEGROS: Toni Doblas, Junior Munoz (Sean Kane 83’), Carli de Murga, Manuel Herrera, Jeffrey Christiaens, Kevin Ingreso, Manny Ott, Patrick Reichelt (OJ Porteria 74’), Stephan Schrock (Takumi Uesato 90+2’), Mike Ott, Bienvenido Maranon.