Global FC and JP Voltes FC registered wins against separated foes in the United Football League on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
The two clubs, which notched convincing wins over their opponents, now share the provisional top spot of the standings with six points each after two matches in the tournament.
Azkals star Misagh Bahadoran powered Global FC over the hapless Laos FC, 8-0, with a brace performance during the main match.
The contest went into a quick turn in favor of Global during the initial minutes as Laos defender Michael Atienza sank the opening goal to their own goal in the fifth minute.
Just two minutes after, Baharodan clipped his first goal in the bout off a connection with Hikaru Minegeshi to strike the ball past Laos keeper Felipe Tripulca from a tight angle.
Global continued their barrage of attacks against Laos in the remaining moments of the first 45 minutes of play and were rewarded with two goals by Clarino in the 36th and another one by Bahadoran two minutes before the midgame break.
Fresh legs starred for coach Leigh Manson’s side in the second half with two substitutes, youngsters Paolo Bugas and Mark Winhoffer, scoring a goal each minutes following their entry to the game.
After playing as the offensive conductor throughout the affair, Japanese winger Minegeshi also made his mark in the scorecard with a tally in the 71st minute.
Omid Nazari capped off the impressive outing of Global with a shot of his own from the penalty spot during stoppage time.
According to Manson, despite taking the early advantage at halftime, he believes that his wards clicked more offensively during the first half of action.
“We were quite disjointed in the first half. We were holding ball to long, we played slowly, but in the second half, the tempo sped up,” he said in the post-match interview.
He added that he aside from recording their first clean sheet this season, he is particularly proud of the younger members of his roster, who stepped up and clinched goals for their crew.
Earlier, JP Voltes bagged another dominant victory with a 5-0 rout of Nomads FC through the heroics of Takumi Uesato and Alen Angeles.
Voltes newcomer Uesato, a Japanese center forward, and substitute Angeles had two goals each in their second statement win in the first round of the UFL season games.
John Celiz took first blood for JP Voltes with a goal just three minutes into the game followed by to swift goals by Uesato in the 25th and 39th minutes.
On the other hand, Angeles snatched his two goals in the 48th and 69th minutes, respectively, after coming in as a substitute during the halftime break.
JAELLE NEVIN REYES