04 December 2013

Global dumps Cebu

Thursday, December 5, 2013

DESPITE playing without some of its key players and playing under the blistering
 heat on a pitch that has seen better days, Global FC outclassed home
 team Cebu Queen City United 
(CQCU), 6-2, yesterday at the Cebu City Sports Center in the second round 
of eliminations of the Philippine Football Federation Smart Cup.
“The field wasn’t in its best condition maybe because of the earthquake 
and the typhoon. But we are grateful to be here though. We had great support 
here,”said Global coach Brian Reid.
Reid and Global played in Cebu during the AFC Presidents Cup qualifiers 
last summer.
“The heat here was quite fierce and made it more difficult for both teams.
 However, we won the game pretty comfortably despite the difficult 
conditions,” he said.
After a couple of attempts, center forward Izzeldin El Habib broke the ice 
with the first goal in the 10th minute.
Queen City defended Global well but Mark Hartmann scored on a beautiful
 free kick just outside the box that grazed past the wall and into the net 
before the halftime break in the 45th minute.
Angel Guirado opened up the second half by scoring one of his three goals. 
Guirado got past porous defense of Queen City to score Global’s third goal 
in the 66th minute.
Two minutes later, Hartmann scored on another breakaway goal for a 
commanding 4-0 lead. Global started to relax and let down its guard and
 Dan Villarico capitalized on it with a 
beautiful strike just outside the box for the home team’s first goal of the 
match in the 73rd minute.
“I scolded them because they lost concentration,” said Reid after his
 team conceded a goal that could have been avoided. “It was a free shot 
and a point to lose”Guirado
 immediately retaliated and hit another goal with a nifty flick of the ball just 
three minutes after.
Joseph Rodriguez scored the second goal for the Cebuanos with a 
header from a corner kick in the 82nd minute before Guirado completed 
his hat trick a minute into injury time.
With the win, GFC advanced to the finals of the Smart Club National 
championships after topping Group E with six points. Cebu finished
 the elimination with three points.
Global missed the services of Spanish striker Rufo Sanchez, 
who went back to Spain, and Azkals midfielder Carli de Murga.
“We played an okay game despite missing Carli de Murga and 
Rufo Sanchez. We lost a few players and we weren’t in full 
strengthbut I give credit to our players,” said Reid.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 05, 2013

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