Ceres Negros wins 9-0 in 2018 AFC Cup opener
Striker Bienve Marañon was one of three players to record a brace in Ceres Negros FC's 9-0 win over Boeung Ket Angkor. (FILE PHOTO)
Three players scored twice while two others chipped in as well to power Bacolod-based football club Ceres Negros FC to a resounding 9-0 win over Cambodia's Boeung Ket Angkor to open their 2018 AFC Asian Cup campaign, Tuesday evening at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod.
Japanese forward Takumi Uesato opened the floodgates for Ceres Negros, so to speak, as he was the first to get on the board with a goal in the 15th minute.
Four minutes later, Spanish striker Bienve Marañon made it a 2-0 advantage for the home team.
Uesato and Marañon would each score one more time, to make it a comfortable 4-0 advantage in just 29 minutes of action.
OJ Porteria found the back of the net in the 31st minute to make it a 5-0 scoreline even before the midgame break.
As if The Busmen needed any more help on the offensive end, Boeung Ket Angkor defender Sun Sovannarith kicked the action off in the second half with an own goal in the 58th minute to make it a 6-0 lead for the Pinoy side.
Skipper Carlie De Murga and substiture Manny Ott both added a goal each, in the 64th and 81st minutes respectively, while Porteria scored once more to put the final touch with five minutes left in regulation.
The dominant win puts the inaugural PFL champions at the top of the standing in Group F with a win and three points. Singapore's Home United sits at second with an identical one win and three point-standing, while Shan United and Boeung Ket Angkor round out the group, each with a loss.
Ceres Negros return to action on February 27th when they head to Singapore for a showdown with Home United at the Jalan Besar Stadium.