Ceres FC of Negros Occidental crashed into the quarterfinals of the Philippine Football Federation-SMART National Club Championships after stunning United Football Cup titlist Pension Stallion Giligan’s, 1-0, Sunday at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
Korean import Kim Jung Mook scored in the first half to give Ceres a 1-nil edge, which Stallion couldn’t recover from.
With the victory, Ceres advanced to the quarterfinals to face powerhouse Global FC, which prevailed in its match against Nomads FC, 2-1, at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
National team members Carli de Murga and Patrick Reichelt both scored in the second half to lift Global to victory.
Nomads still found the back of the net off a penalty kick in injury time, but it was not enough to overcome its deficit to Global.
Pasargad FC advanced to the next round after edging Philippine Army FC, 2-1, also at the Rizal Stadium.
Nigerian striker Emmanuel Mbata and Johan Taher both scored in the first half to give the triumph to Army, while Ricardo Becite nailed a goal in the second half for Army’s lone goal of the match.
Pasargad will meet fellow UFL squad General Trias International FC in the quarterfinals slated next week, which will also feature knockout matches between Kaya FC and the Loyola Meralco Sparks and Green Archers United Globe versus Pachanga FC.