Global FC and Ceres-La Salle FC destroyed their respective semifinal opponents to forge a title showdown in the Philippine Football Federation-SMART National Club Championships Tuesday at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
United Football League powerhouse Global, representing the Leyte Football Association, steamrolled Flame United FC of Cavite with a 9-nil aggregate win in the two-legged semifinals.
Reigning national club champion Ceres of Negros Occidental drubbed Benguet State University, 16-1, in their own semifinal series.
Before the semifinals, Global and Ceres also pulled off lopsided victories in their earlier matches before reaching the championship round.
Global was initially ruled out of the tournament after the PFF disqualified the Leyte FA for fielding the UFL squad in the tournament. But the club was later allowed to join the competition.
The tournament also provided an opportunity for Global to play star striker Rufo Sanchez, who received a one-year ban by the UFL following a dispute for his rights. He scored three goals during the squad’s blowout victory in the semifinals.
Ceres, led by national team member Joshua Beloya, earned a shot to defend its title after beating more favored UFL squads during its Cinderella run to the crown in the tournament’s last edition.
Global and Ceres will dispute the national club crown in the two-legged finals on Thursday and Saturday at the Panaad Stadium.