By Michael Angelo S. Murillo, Reporter

Global FC scores first AFC Cup win

Posted on April 17, 2015

DOMESTIC CLUB Global FC made Wednesday night a historic one for the team, and Philippine football in general, as it bagged its first-ever Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup victory, winning over Yadanarbon of Myanmar, 4-1, at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Global FC captain Misagh Bahadoran attacks against Yadanarbon. -- Global FC Web site/Philippine Football Federation
Sporting a one draw and two losses record entering the game in Group G of Asia’s secondary club football tournament, Global made sure that it would be a rousing debut for the team on the Bulacan stadium pitch.

The win put “The People’s Club” back in contention -- with four total points -- for a spot in the round of 16 of the tournament with two games left in its group assignment, while at the same time holding the distinction as the first Philippine club to win a game in the AFC Cup.

Mark Hartmann showed the way for Global scoring a brace with captain Misagh Bahadoran and Renato Gonzalez chipping in a goal apiece in the historic win.

Feeling the energy of playing on home turf, Global started the match strong, putting the pressure on the visiting Myanmar side, which dealt Global a 2-0 loss in their match last month.

Global’s aggressiveness paid immediate dividends as it beat Yadanarbon to the first goal with striker Hartmann scoring through in the 16th minute by way of a penalty kick.

Jolted by the Hartmann goal, Yadanarbon regrouped and rallied to pull abreast on Yan Paing’s goal in the 20th minute.

But Global, the reigning United Football League champion, continued with its aggressive play, testing Yadanarbon’s defense every time an opportunity came up.

Mr. Hartmann gave back the lead to Global in the 39th minute as they took a 2-1 advantage going into half time.

Taking off where it left in the opening half, Global pounded on its opponent just as the second half kicked off.

Mr. Bahadoran made it three goals for the home side after he connected in the 59th minute.

Sensing the game was slipping out of its hands, Yadanardon tried desperately to get back in the match.

However, Global would have none of that as it continued to press its opponent down.

Mr. Gonzalez put the exclamation point to the match as he scored the final goal in the 84th minute on a free kick.

“It feels good to win and make history,” Global Assistant Coach Dan Padernal was quoted as saying by the AFC Web site after the match.

“We were able to prove that we can play at this level. The training and preparation showed in the game. The players showed a lot of heart,” he added.

For skipper Bahadoran, the win was a testament to the capabilities of Global as a team.

“Global is capable of winning international games,” he said.

Global is now tied for joint second place in Group G along with Pahang of Malaysia and Yadanarbon. Undefeated South China of Hong Kong leads the group and has already qualified for the next round.

The top two teams from each group advance to the Round of 16.

Global will next play on April 29 in an away match against South China and at home versus Pahang on May 13.