Global FC demolishes Yadanarbon FC in historic win
Santino Honasan on Apr 15, 2015 10:34 PM
Revenge was sweet for Global FC last Wednesday at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan as they kicked off the second leg of the AFC Cup Group Stages with a dominant 4-1 win over Yadanarbon FC.
Playing for the first time ever in the newly constructed Philippine Sports Stadium, Global got things going early thanks to a 16th minute penalty conversion from Mark Hartmann. Yadanarbon’s Yan Paing found the equalizer shortly, converting a goal of his own in the 20th minute.
Hartmann was feeling it however, as he completed a first half brace in the 39th minute to send the home team into the midgame break with a 2-1 advantage.
Things began to fall apart for the visiting Yadanarbon in the second half, as team captain Misagh Bahadoran connected on a 58th minute goal to push Global’s advantage to 3-1.
At one point, the Myanmar champions were down to seven men, as two of their players were sent off due to cards, while others had to be taken off the field due to injuries.
The final nail in Yadanarbon’s coffin came from Renato Gonzales, who made it 4-1 for “The People’s Club” in the 84th minute.
Mark Hartmann came close to recording a hat-trick in late in the second half, while Ray Jonsson also came within inches of pushing Global’s goal tally to five.
At Full Time, Global FC walks away with a dominant 4-1 win to erase the sour taste of their 2-0 loss to the same Yadanarbon team just a few weeks ago.
“It’s an emotional win for us. We’re very very proud of the players.” Global Coach Leigh Manson told the media postmatch.
More importantly, Global makes history by claiming their first win in the AFC Cup and they keep themselves alive in Group G, forcing a tie for second place with Pahang FA.
Right now, Global FC sits with one win, one draw, and two losses for four points. South China remains at the top with four wins in four games for 12 points, while Yadanarbon slides to the bottom of the group with one win, three losses and three points.
Global will fly out to the Mongkok Stadium in Hong Kong for their second leg matchup against South China AA this coming April 29. In their previous meeting, South China defeated Global, 6-1.
The final Group Stage match for Global will be right back in the Philippines as they meet Pahang for a second time. In their first matchup, Global and Pahang figured in a scoreless draw.