By Jerome Galunan Jr.
Negros Occidental Football Association’s Ceres-La Salle FC swept all its games in the just-concluded Philippine Football Federation-organized Smart Club Championship-Visayas regional elimination in San Carlos City.
The home squad yesterday blanked Queen City FC of Cebu, 1-nil, on the 71st minute goal from Aldrin Dolino to complete their campaign.
With Ceres’ victory, it qualified them to advance to the Round of 16 tentatively on January 13, 2013 with the venue yet to be determined, while the quarterfinals is scheduled January 19-20 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
Earlier, Ceres also demolished Leyte FC, 10-nil, with Korean Yoon Byeong Jun and Dolino spearheading Ceres with three goals apiece.
Prince Hannesin Antony opened Ceres scoring in the 26th minute as Yoon made it double 10 minutes later before Dolino closed the first half, 3-nil.
In the second half, Ceres were more offensively focused as Yoon struck his second in the 48th minute as fellow Korean Hyung Min Sim added another in the 52nd minute to post a 5-nil advantage.
But Ceres isn’t done yet as Yoon scored his third while Ian Treyes joined the scoring in the 69th minute as Dolino nailed another pair in the 76th and 87th minutes, before J Baguiro finally sealing it in the 89th minute.
The host team of Ceres-La Salle FC is bannered by keepers Korean Hyoun Jae Hun and Jurex Replentes; skipper Jason Cordova, Lemuel Unabia, Antony, Abelardo Solinas, Jose Emmanuel Diel, Bagiuoro, Dolino, Jayson Panhay, Joel Bedia, Treyes, Richard Sumabong, Angelo Bahoyan, John Timothy Bolo, Joshua Beloya, and Koreans Choi Gun Hee, Yoon, Yu Young Jin, Hyoun Jae Hun, Kim Jung Mook, and Sim Hyoung Min.
Meanwhile, calling the play for Ceres-La Salle squad is veteran coach Freddie “Nene” Lazarito while assisting him are Korean Cha Soung Yooung, Ramon Janeo and Ali Go. Team managers are siblings Ricardo and Leo Rey Yanson.
For the home squad, this competition is Ceres-La Salle’s intention to take another step into competitive football came after years of successful stints in local football tournaments.
The event will also serve as a qualifying process of teams which have plans to join the country’s premier football league – the United Football League.
On the other hand, Queen City also secured the other spot for the Visayas division after beating Leyte Football Club, 7-1 during the opening day.
Supervising the tournament are PFF Competition Committee chairman Dick Imperado and Match Commissioner Paulline Javelona, who is also NOFA secretary-general./WDJ