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Ramsay's hat trick lifts Negros to PFL crown

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Iain Ramsay's hat trick proved to be the dagger for Ceres Negros as the club thrashed Global Cebu, 4-1, in the championship game of the first season of the PFL at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod on Saturday night.

Ramsay scored the last three goals for the home side as Negros won its fifth title in a national competition overall since being founded in 2012.

Bienve MaraƱon actually drew first blood for Negros with his goal in the fourth minute.

But from his 20th minute strike, it was all Ramsay.

Ramsay added another in the 27th minute before capping his impressive performance with the dagger goal in the 61st minute.

Cebu averted a shutout on the road as Darryl Roberts scored the consolation goal in the 89th minute.

Being the inaugural winner of the PFL, Negros earned a spot in the qualifiers of the AFC Champions League.

On the other hand, despite falling short in the final, Cebu will still enter the AFC Cup.

Waiting in the wings for a possible AFC Cup shot is Manila, which clinched third place over Makati on Friday night.

If Negros moves on to the Champions League group stages, Manila will enter the AFC Cup qualifiers.

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