UFL: Global continues winning streak with Forza rout
MANILA, Philippines - Reigning United Football League (UFL) kings Global FC defeated second division club Forza FC, 3-0, during the 7th match day of the FA League Cup at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Tuesday, September 30.
Despitea slow start to their offensive tempo, Global FC managed to pull-off a rally that propelled them to their third consecutive victory in the tournament.
The men in blue stormed their way to their enemy’s territory during the first minutes of the first half in hopes of striking gold early in the match but the tough defense of Forza prevented a score.
In the 27th minute, however, Global’s offense defied the resistance coming from the opposing squad and connected as top striker Mark Hartmann found the back of the net to give his club a 1-0 going into the half.
As the match continued, the UFL champs continued to pound on the Forza defense, which resulted in a goal by Edgar Briones off a pass from the wing courtesy of Hikaru Minegeshi in the 65th minute.
Forza’s frontline valiantly fought to twitch an outburst from their side of the pitch but Global swatted away their chances and kept on pressing the ball towards their goal.
To put the cherry on top of the cake, German Rodriguez located an open ball inside the penalty box to strike a sneaky goal in the 84th minute to bring home the win for the UFL kings.
Meanwhile, Pachanga-Diliman FC stunned Green Archers United FC, 4-1, to notch a win in Group A for the FA League Cup at the Emperador Stadium.
Several exchange of attacks marked the opening half but the defense from the two teams barred each other from early incursions.
Hamed Haji Mahdi inflicted the opener for Pachanga after capitalizing on rebound off a free-kick from teammate Behrouz Khoshgavar.
An unrelenting Pachanga side dominated the remaining minutes of the primary half of the game as their forwards sustained their heavy punches on the Green Archers’ defense.
The quiet blitz of Green Archers United did not relent until the end of the stoppage period as Robert Lopez Mendy fired an equalizer to level the game at 1-1 before the break.
Fresh legs proved to be instrumental for Pachanga’s second half campaign as substitute Shayan Jafari Dastjerdi broke the deadlock with a goal in the 54th minute.
To make matters worse to the weary Green Archers line-up, a second yellow card was given to Lawrence Ikegwuruka reducing their field players to just 10 men.
Two more goals were scored for Pachanga as they corralled an impressive win over fellow top division club Green Archers United FC.
Also, Team Socceroo FC demoralized Dolphins United FC, 2-1, giving the latter another excruciating blow to their FA League Cup journey. - Rappler.com