Football: Three score as Ceres-Negros FC beats Bali United 4-0

Santino Honasan, ABS-CBN Sports

Posted at Mar 12 2020 01:15 PM

Football: Three score as Ceres-Negros FC beats Bali United 4-0 1
Striker Bienve Maranon scored twice in Ceres-Negros FC's 4-0 win over Bali United, Wednesday evening. Photo via Ceres-Negros FC

Playing at home but without a hometown crowd, Filipino football club Ceres-Negros FC still put on a show as they beat down Indonesia's Bali United FC, 4-0, to record their second win in the 2020 AFC Cup, Wednesday evening. 

With the spike in COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, it was decided that while the match would still push through at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila, the match would be played without any fans or spectators in attendance. 

That wasn't enough to slow down the Group G leaders however as they scored early and never looked back. 

OJ Porteria was the first to get on the board in the 35th minute as he made good on a second-chance strike following Stephan Schrock's attempt that was deflected. 

Star Striker Bienve Maranon put the match essentially out of reach in the second half, converting on a penalty in the 54th minute followed by a perfectly-finished header off a corner kick in the 69th minute to make it a 3-0 advantage. 

Robert Lopez Mendy delivered the final blow in the 73rd minute, blowing by defenders and shooting from just inside the penalty box. 

With the win, The Busmen tighten their hold at top of the Group G table with 2 wins and 1 draw for 7 points. 

Ceres-Negros are scheduled to run it back on April 14th at the Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium, Gianyar Regency in Bali. 

This story originally appeared on the ABS-CBN Sports website.