MANILA, Philippines – Green Archers United FC held defending champs Global FC to a 1-1 draw during the opening day of the United Football League at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Saturday, February 7.
The Archers relied on the hands of sturdy goalkeeper Paolo Pascual to prevent Global from snatching an easy win during their first match of the season and jumpstart the latter’s title defense.
Global started on a high note after their foes conceded a penalty that was later converted by ace striker Mark Hartmann in the 10th minute to take the early lead for his squad.
As the opening half came to its final minutes, veteran Chieffy Caligdong answered with a goal of his own to even the score line at 1-1, beating former Green Archers teammate and now Global FC shot-stopper Patrick Deyto by a margin.
Come the second half, Global’s frontline went full throttle on their attacks, sending a flurry of shots on the Pascual-manned posts, but the young keeper of the Archers’ did not allow any attack to go through his gloves.
Kaya FC dominates Philippine Army FC
Meanwhile, Kaya FC started the new season with style after posting a dominating 4-0 victory over Philippine Army FC.
Kaya’s win was made possible through the feat of Azkals standout OJ Porteria, who scored a brace to power his club away from the bruising Army booters.
Louis Clark and Chris Greatwich also etched their names on the scorecard after finding the back of the net during the 76th and 79th minutes, respectively.
To round up the match result of this year’s league opening triple-header, Ceres-La Salle FC clinched a 2-1 win over Manila Jeepney FC during the first division one game of both clubs. – Rappler.com