Global FC blanked JP Voltes FC, 4-0, to take the solo lead in the first round of the United Football League 2016 on Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Foot-ball Stadium.
Global now holds a clean 3-0 record for nine points while JP Voltes’ dropped to 2-1.
Global blasted through Voltes’ defense early in the match with Hikaru Minegeshi’s shot from deep inside the box in the 11th minute.
In retaliation, JP Voltes sent the Japanese duo of Takashi Odawara and Takumi Uesato to launch a series of raids inside Global’s territory.
JP Voltes’s playing coach Yu Hoshide came close to scoring an opening goal for his side in the 25th minute but his strike off a free kick only managed to hit the post.
Both teams engaged in several exchanges but failed to score a goal going into the midgame break.
After the restart, Global sent in high-scoring Ivorian striker Arthur Kouassi for OJ Clarino to fortify their frontline.
Global’s Minegeshi at the hour mark, managed to strike the ricocheting ball into the back of the net during a crazy sequence inside the box.
Seven minutes later, Minegeshi doubled Global’s lead to 2-0 off an impressive run on midfield following a pass by Matthew Hartman in the 67th minute.
JP Voltes fought hard with attacks led by Uesato but they were still unable to pierce the tough defense of their foes.
Kouassi notched two more goals for Global FC in the dying minutes with a header off a pass by Minegeshi from the left flank, handing his crew a 4-0 advantage at the end of regulation.
“After three games, I think its still not safe to say that were on target for the double. What we have done is do what we could do in three games and that is to be in contention,” said Global coach Leigh Manson.
He added that the win gives their team a much-needed confidence boost going into their game today against another title-contender Loyola Meralco Sparks FC.