MANILA, Philippines - Global FC cemented themselves on the number one spot as they made mincemeat of Pasargad, 7-nil, in the 2014 United Football League, March 29, at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig City.
Showing no mercy for the bottom-dwellers, the league-leaders were all-business tonight with Milad Behgandom scoring a hat trick to help tow Global to 37 points, four points clear of Loyola Meralco which they unseated from the top spot last week.
Even as Stallion awaits them in their next outing, Global will likely be holding onto the top of the table for a little while more as Loyola will have a tough challenge ahead, with the resurgent Kaya FC planning to overtake them for the number 2 spot on April 1.
After coming off the bench in their last few games, Behgandom quickly made his presence felt when he started for Global tonight, scoring what could be the fastest goal the UFL has seen, putting his squad 1-nil up just 10 seconds after kickoff.
Mark Hartmann then showcased his sniping prowess when he made it 2-nil in the 9th minute with a long-ranged effort from about 18 yards out.
Behgandom wasted no time when he struck in twice within a span of five minutes, scoring his second in the 15th before completing his hat trick 20 minutes into the game.
Hartmann came close to doubling his production but his 31st minute shot was blocked by the keeper. Daisuke Sato, however, was at the right place at the right time as he drilled in the rebound for Global's fifth goal of the night.
Getting bored by Pasargad's lackluster attacking, Charles Pettys went all the way up from the backline and immediately got rewarded when his 43rd minute attempt from inside the box looped beyond the keeper and went into the net for 6-0.
With a lot of cushion separating them from Pasargad, coach Leigh Manson shuffled his lineup after the break but Global remained in control for most of the match with Jeffrey Christiaens wrapping his squad's masterful 7-0 thumping of PSG with a 67th minute goal.
Global improves to 12-1-2 while Pasargad's misery continue, dropping to a league worst 1-1-11 record with -40 goal difference midway into the season.
Loyola and Kaya will figure in an all-important battle on April 1 first before Global face the reigning league champions on April 3. - Rappler.com