Top seed Global FC got off to a hot start in the second round after demolishing Forza FC, 12-0, on Wednesday in the United Football League (UFL) at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
Global took control of the opposition through the efforts of Misagh Bahadoran, Omid Nazari and Hikaru Minegeshi, who all capped off the game with three goals each.
Minegeshi opened the scoring for Global in the 13th minute followed by two more goals in the 22nd and 85th minutes.
Global FC led by as much as six at the half with four more goals coming from Andreas Esswein in the 19th, Bahadoran in the 44th in the initial two strikes by Nazari.
The 2016 UFL Cup champions managed to sustain their dominant stance on both ends of the field in the second half.
Nazari and Bahadoran ended the match with goals in the 68th and 83rd minutes while veteran midfielder Matthew Hartmann added a goal of his own in the 47th minute.
Global solidified its grip at the No. 1 spot of the standings with 11 wins and a draw while Forza is at eighth with three wins, a draw and nine losses.
According to newly reassigned team manager Leigh Manson, they plan to continue pushing forward with the same high intensity in their remaining games to ensure that they will clinch the title.
“The emphasis for our players was not to go into the game thinking that this was going to be an easy win. That’s why we kept on pressing, hurrying and pushed hard for the whole 90 minutes,” he said during the post-match interview.
Manson added that they are also looking forward to next year’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup with the hiring of a new coach John Burridge.
“I think you will be seeing a more hungry squad [in the coming games]. We’ve brought John in so we can start preparing for the AFC Cup early but obviously I will still be very hands on,” he explained.