CERES-La Salle moved on from its Asian Football Confederation Cup heartbreak as it tamed Young Lions, 3-1, on Sunday night at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore to advance to the quarterfinals of the Singapore Cup.
After seeing their AFC Cup campaign come to an end following a 1-0 loss to South China in Bacolod last Tuesday, the Busmen found their tonic in the first round of the invitational Singapore Cup, where they got over in extra time after falling short regulation.
Stephan Schrock registered a brace, the first that put them on the scoreboard and the second that proved to be the exclamation point after the Bacolod side failed to dispatch the squad composed of Singapore’s premier Under-23 players in the first 90 minutes.
Ceres thus became the second Philippine club to qualify for the Round of Eight after Global FC went through with a 5-0 rout of Nagaworld of Cambodia the night before.
Ceres set up a quarterfinal meeting with DPMM Brunei, while Global takes on Tampines Rovers in the two-leg quarterfinals from June 27 to July 3.
After Schrock found the back of the net a minute before first-half stoppage time, the Young Lions equalized courtesy of Joshua Pereira, who scored off the rebound three minutes before second-half injury time, enough to drag the match further.
Sang Min Kim finally put Ceres up for good with a header in the 99th minute, before Schrock completed his two-goal effort with a strike a minute later.