Late goals propel Ceres-Negros to top of Group F

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Ceres-Negros FC took solo first place in Group F of the 2018 AFC Cup via a 2-0 victory over Shan United FC on Tuesday, March 6 at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium in Bacolod. 

Ceres tallies 7 points and a +11 goal difference in the group as Singaporean team Home United loses 2-3 to Cambodian team Boeung Ket Angkor – whom Ceres dominated 9-0 in their AFC Cup opening bid. (READ: Ceres-Negros shuts out Boeung Ket in AFC Cup opener)

Patrick Reichelt opened the scoring in the 79th minute as he slotted the ball in after the Burmese's defense collapsed. 

79' GOAL! 1-0 @CeresNegrosFC The hosts have finally broken the deadlock! Patrick Reichelt pounces on some really slack defending by Shan United to poke the ball in! #CRNvSHU #AFCCup2018 pic.twitter.com/FMlSVN0yF3 — FOX Sports LIVE! (@FSAsiaLive) March 6, 2018 

After having a series of wasted chances in the first half, Bienvienido Marañon finally made up for his early mistakes as Mike Ott dribbled past 3 defenders before passing it to Marañon for the finish at the edge of the penalty box in the 83rd minute. 

83' GOAL! 2-0 @CeresNegrosFC In next to no time, the hosts double their lead through Bienvenido Marañon. Mike Ott deserves most of the credit though, for that Messi-esque dribble at the edge of the penalty box. #CRNvSHU #AFCCup2018 pic.twitter.com/wrkXzzSnuh — FOX Sports LIVE! (@FSAsiaLive) March 6, 2018 

This is second meeting of the Ceres and Shan United this year as the Busmen advanced to the 2018 AFC Champions League preliminary round 2 at the expense of the Burmese. (READ: Ceres outscores Shan United in penalty shootout, advances to round 2)

Despite dominating the possession, Ceres was the at mercy of the Shan United's outstanding defending care of Min Htut at central defense, which eventually resulted to a first half deadlock.

HALF-TIME | @CeresNegrosFC (PHI) 0-0 Shan United (MYA) Still goalless between the two sides at the break! Who will score first? #AFCCup2018 #CRNvSHU pic.twitter.com/WuLk4DuI8M — AFC Cup (@AFCCup) March 6, 2018 

Ceres-Negros and Shan United will meet again in a week's time on Wednesday, March 14. The match will be held at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. – Rappler.com