CERES-LA Salle overwhelmed Pasargad, 16-0, to give retiring skipper Juani Guirado a fitting sendoff from the United Football League on Saturday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Adrian Gallardo impressively struck half of the Busmen’s output, including six in the second half to lead the shutout victory, the most lopsided by any team this season, as the Busmen gained a share of second spot with Kaya FC with nine points.
Stephan Schrock added a hat-trick, while Patrick Reichelt and Carlie de Murga also found the back of the net for Ceres, which kept Pasargad winless in four matches and stuck just above the bottom with one point.
“The players were motivated to give Juani a victory before he leaves,” Ceres coach Ali Go said of the 36-year-old Filipino-Spanish centerback. “We understand his decision. We are grateful to Juani for his contributions not just for the club but to Philippine football in general. He will be missed.”
Guirado, who also announced his retirement from the Azkals late March, likewise struck his last pro match with a header halfway through the second half.
Loyola Meralco also scored a shutout win, at the expense of Green Archers United, 4-0, to jump to fifth in the standings with nine points, just below Kaya, Ceres, and JP Voltes on goal difference.
James Younghusband, Joaco Canas, and Jinggoy Valmayor struck for the Sparks, while Phil Younghusband assisted on two goals and forced an own goal by the Archers that opened the scoring.
Agila nipped Laos, 1-0, in the first match for its first win of the tournament.