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Ceres mauls shorthanded Forza

Mark Cristino/UFL
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Ceres took down an undermanned Forza squad, 10-0, in the main game of the UFL doubleheader at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Wednesday night.

Forza forced to play with only nine men on Wednesday with the other players having to attend different matters, but the club held its ground for the first 22 minutes of the game as Abu Ibrahim came up with fantastic saves against Ceres' aggressive offense.

The defending champs, however, finally scored one in the 23rd minute as Manny Ott fired a close range shot in.

Adrian Gallardo made it 2-0 in the 37th minute after utilizing the most out of a Bienve Marañon pass.

Marañon then scored one in the 45th minute after Ibrahim committed a saving error and let the winger take the follow-up.

Stephan Schrock ended the first half with Ceres' fourth goal after scoring from inside the box.

Ibrahim bounced back from the late first half blunder by keeping Ceres scoreless for the first 16 minutes of the second half.

Gallardo, however, lighted up the scoreboard anew for Ceres as he netted a 62nd minute penalty.

Patrick Reichelt joined Ceres' scoring barrage with a 73rd minute attack as well as substitute Jeff Christaens via a 78th minute goal.

Another player off the bench, Nate Burkey, scored Ceres' eighth goal in the 83rd minute, while Carli De Murga made it 9-0 in the 88th.

Gallardo capped his hat trick one minute into the second half added time, while substitute keeper Ed Sacapaño made sure Forza will not get one back after denying a whistle-beating attack by Hayato Aoki.

Ceres moved up to the second spot in the league table with a huge +40 goal difference.

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