Undermanned Global FC draws Pahang FA
Santino Honasan on Mar 12, 2015 11:36 AM
KUANTAN, MALAYSIA – Following a devastating 6-1 home loss to South China AA in their 2015 AFC Cup opener last February 25, Global FC headed to enemy territory last Wednesday and managed to escape with a 0-0 draw against powerhouse Pahang FA.
With only 15 members of the squad making the trip to Malaysia, the number of available players was whittled down to 14 by kickoff time as defender Ray Jonsson sustained an injury during warmups.
Pahang had a handful of chances to take the advantage, with Hafiz Kamal and Mohammad Shafiqi getting scoring opportunities, but Keeper Junjun Badelic stepped up for Global, in place of the the injury-stricken Patrick Deyto.
The visitors also had chances to escape with huge away-win with Mark Hartmann running the Global offense, but was ultimately unable to make anything drop for “The People’s Club.”
By the end of regulation, the young Global squad was able to hold the reigning Malaysian Cup and Malaysian FA Cup champions to a scoreless draw.
In an interview with AFC.com, Global coach Dan Padernal praised his squad following their gritty performance.
"It was tough for us because we only travelled with 15 players, and due to injuries we only had two subs, but the players refused to give up. The draw gives us confidence going forward in this tournament.” Coach Padernal said.
Global now heads to Mandalay, Myanmar for a Group Stage matchup against Yadanarbon. They will be missing the services of center back Amani Aguinaldo, who was sent off with a second yellow card late in injury time against Pahang.
Global currently sits at third place in Group G with one draw, one loss, and one point. South China AA controls the top spot with two wins and six points, while Pahang holds second with one win and one draw for four points. Yadanarbon is at last place in the group with two losses and no points.
Global meets Yadanarbon this coming Wednesday, March 18 at 4:00 pm.