At last, Davao gets Pyrrhic yet memorable upset of champions Negros

At last, Davao gets Pyrrhic yet memorable upset of champions Negros

The Younghusbands got their win against Negros at last but it was too late for Davao. Ceres Negros
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA--Davao Aguilas may have got their very first victory against back-to-back champions Ceres Negros in their club's history, but their 3-0 rout away at Panaad had no bearing at all this season.

With the championship already wrapped up before August, a first-half blitz by the visitors gave them a resounding win against the hosts who only turned up in their own patch with just 15 men, but it only turned out to be a resounding dud for them, thinking that they could have done the job months ago.

Instead, they've missed all the targets in their second term in the PFL with Kaya Iloilo's win over Global Cebu eliminating them in the race to second and only leaving Stallion Laguna as legitimate contenders for the cherished spot in case the Busmen win the upcoming Copa Paulino for a domestic double.

The champions, fresh from their stinging exit in the AFC Cup, had faced disaster early in the match as gaffer Risto Vidakovic was dismissed 15 minutes into the match when the Serbian got hot and unleashed his pushing rage on referee Clifford Daypuyat after James Younghusband and Toni Doblas figured in an incident a minute before.

Phil Younghusband had a four-minute brace afterwards, with both of his strikes coming from outside of the box that left the former Betis stopper no chance.

Jason De Jong completed the rout seven minutes before half-time after hitting from inside the box.

TEAMS
Ceres Negros 0: Doblas (GK), Aguinaldo, Mulders (Super 61'), Porteria, Kane, Barbaso, Powell, Nazari (Muñoz 75') , Steuble (C) (De Murga 68'), Christiaens
unused - Dutosme

Davao Aguilas 3 (Phil YH 27' 31', De Jong 38'): Deyto (GK), Hartmann, McDonald, De Jong, James YH, Salenga (Tull 58'), Phil YH (C), Grommen, Gadia (Villanueva 56'), Casambre, Wesley (Kim 89')
unused - Bayan, Hall, Clariño, Otomo

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