MANILA, Philippines – As the first round comes to a close, Global FC rolled to a 5-0 thumping of defending champions Stallion FC while Army – GTI FC drubbed Pasargad, 2-nil, in the United Football League, Thursday, February 20 at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig City.
Coach Leigh Manson’s boys took their sixth win this season as Misagh Bahadoran and Mark Hartmann each bagged a brace to pull within a point behind league-leaders Loyola Meralco in the table.
Bahadoran did not wait long to open the scoring as he punched his first goal of the night in the third to give Global a 1-nil lead early on.
The Azkals forward then doubled his production as he completed his brace in the half-hour mark as Milad Beghandom joined in the scoring party, netting in Global’s third in the 34th that put the shell-shocked Stallion in a deep three-goal hole.
Filipino-Italian defender Simone Rota, however, came out of nowhere to pull one back for Stallion 37 minutes into the game to enter halftime just two goals down.
The former Loyola midfield dynamo Hartmann owned the second half as he increased his goal tally this season by two, drilling one in in the 64th and another deep in injury time to help Global rise to solo-second and improve its slate to 6-1-1.
With the loss, Stallion falls to 3-2-3 for 11 points but they still remain in the top four.
Global squares off with Green Archers United on February 22 as Stallion returns to action also against the Green Archers on February 25.
Army 2, PSG nil
Philippine Army, meanwhile, reclaims the fifth spot as they clipped cellar-dweller Pasargad, 2-nil in the day’s opening match.
Coming off a three-game losing skid that included 1-9 defeats to heavyweights Global and Kaya FC, the Armymen bounced back behind the goals of Boogey Margarse and Shin Seok Jeon to take their third win in eight games.
Army subdued PSG with goals on opposite ends of the match as the former Azkals stalwart Margarse found the back of the net in the 11th minute while Shin scored the assurance goal 93 minutes into the game.
Army has a big task at hand as they will take on Loyola in their next outing on February 25 while Pasargad, which stays in the relegation zone with a 1-1-6 record, will try to recover against Pachanga on March 6. – Rappler.com
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