Global secures top post by routing Laos in UFL

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Global FC midfielder Matthew Hartmann (right) works through the defense of Laos FC during their last game in the second round of the 2016 United Football League on Sunday. PHOTO BY UFL MEDIA

Global FC midfielder Matthew Hartmann (right) works through the defense of Laos FC during their last game in the second round of the 2016 United Football League on Sunday. PHOTO BY UFL MEDIA

Global FC crushed Laos FC, 7-0, in the United Football League (UFL) at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Sunday.

Global secured the remaining point that they need to bag the championship trophy.

With a few more games left this season, Global is now securely on top of the standings with 14 wins, two draws and a loss for 44 points.

Japanese winger Hikaru Minegeshi and Matthew Hartmann powered Global’s win, by scoring three goals each.


Minegeshi notched the first goal in the first minute of regulation before adding two more in the ninth and 49th minutes, respectively. Hartmann posted his goals in the 19th, 79th and 90th minutes.

Consequently, Serbian midfielder Ivan Petrovic also helped his squad hand Laos its 14th loss in the tournament.

The second round of games of the UFL will take a break until October 15 to give way to the Philippine Azkals’ upcoming international friendlies.

Happy coach
Global FC head coach John Burridge commended his wards for being the 2016 UFL eventual champions with one game to spare in their schedule.

“The great thing is, we secured the championship. That was our goal and our target,” Burridge said in an interview.

But the work is not yet over according to Burrdige until they face dethroned champion Ceres La Salle FC on October 16.

“Now we have to focus on beating Ceres in two weeks time. It’s a game that we want to win. We want to show them who is the best club in the Philippines. That’s a massive game for us,” he said.

Global bagged a rare double crown in the country’s top football competition after snatching the season-opening UFL Cup earlier in the year.

Burridge said that they are now setting their eyes toward the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

“We’ve secured the championship and now the work starts. We have to work on recruitment because I have been in the Asian Champions League and believe me, we need five or more marquee players that can play against those Western Asian players,” he said.

Burridge added that the goal is to make Global one of the top clubs in the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region, “I want to make this club famous outside of the Philippines or Southeast Asia. We have to put this club in the public eye.”

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