Global FC inches closer to claiming 2016 UFL crown

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Global FC’s Ivorian striker Arthur Kouassi maneuvers through the tough defense of Stallion FC in the United Football League on Sunday. UFL MEDIA PHOTO

Global FC’s Ivorian striker Arthur Kouassi maneuvers through the tough defense of Stallion FC in the United Football League on Sunday. UFL MEDIA PHOTO

Global FC inched closer to winning the 2016 United Football League title after defeating Stallion FC, 3-0, on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.

With just two games left, Global FC needs only to secure a point to claim the crown.

Global is currently on top of the standings with a record of 14 wins, two draws and a loss for a total of 44 points.

After losing to Voltes in their previous match, Global bounced back with a solid win against the Stallions.


Prolific scorer Ivorian striker Arthur Kouassi, who is playing his first season with Global from the defunct Manila Jeepney FC, notched a brace to fuel his new club to the win.

Kouassi scored his first goal in the 27th minute off a rebound followed by a tight-angled shot in the 44th to establish a 2-0, lead for Global at the midgame intermission.

The Stallions’ series of attacks, on the other hand, failed to pierce the formidable back-line of Global.

Stallion FC team captain Ruben Doctora Jr. and Fitch Arboleda led the onslaught but were foiled by Global FC goalkeeper Patrick Deyto.

As time winded down, Fil-Iranian attacking midfield Omid Nazari scored the final goal via well-placed free kick in the 86th minute.

The Stallions after absorbing their fourth loss of the season together with seven wins and six losses are currently No.6.

Newly appointed head coach John Burridge praised his team for keeping an unblemished record.

“They went out and defended fantastic. And in this team if we keep a clean sheet, we have players that will score goals,” Burridge said during the post-match interview.

He added that despite only needing a draw in their next game against Laos FC on October 2, it is best to keep their winning until the end of the season.

“It’s not over yet. We can’t take Laos for granted. We need one point and I will not rest until we get that one point,” Burridge concluded.

In the other match, sister teams Green Archers United FC and Forza FC settled for a 1-1 draw in the unified division of the UFL.

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