Global FC escaped Green Archers United FC, 2-1, via a late-game rally to register its second straight victory in the United Football League (UFL) Cup 2016 on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Global clinched three points to strengthen its position as the top seed of Group B.
“I think in the second half we were getting more second balls. We were making sure that we had shot on goals. In the end, it turned the game on us,” head coach Leigh Manson explained in an interview with The Manila Times.
It was the Green Archers who took the early lead in the match-up as Gary Epesso managed to head the ricocheting ball into the back of the net in the 27th minute from a corner kick.
Global dug deep in its pockets for an equalizer before the break but failed to penetrate foes’ defense as the Archers maintained a 1-0 advantage at the halftime.
Both squads engaged in a heated exchange of blows to mark the second half with Global pushing hard snatch a goal of their own but their offense kept sending blanks on the Archers’ defense.
With time winding down on the match, Global’s relentless attacks finally paid off as Matthew Hartmann connected off a free kick on the edge of the box to level the score line.
Arthur Kouassi sealed the victory for the Manson-mentored brigade with a roaring shot from long distance in the final minute of injury time to complete their late-game rally.
According to Global’s Scottish coach, they had difficulty of proceeding with their game plan due to the pesky defense of their adversaries in the match.
“In the first half, we only had two shots on goal and neither was on-target. Second half, we had more shots and eventually we managed to put two on the net,” he said.
He added that they would focus on developing the physical aspect of their blitzes during their one-week break before their next outing on Sunday.
“I think we need to address the physical side of the game. Losing the challenges we had, we really do need to sharpen up on that side of the game,” Manson concluded.
Meanwhile, Alvaro Castiella and Tahj Minniecon carried the Loyola Meralco Sparks FC over Pasargad FC, 7-1, for the club’s first victory.
Castiella and Minniecon each grabbed three goals for Loyola as their side inflicted the second straight lopsided loss to the Pasargad booters.
However, Pasargad refused to go down without a fight as John De Castro slipped in a goal of his own before halftime to prevent a clean-sheet win by the Sparks.
James Younghusband also etched his name on the scorecards with a strike in the 54th minute of the match.
To cap off the wins of the triple-header game date of the UFL, JP Voltes FC posted a slim victory of Forza FC, 2-1.
JAELLE NEVIN REYES