By Karlo Sacamos
SHOWING he deserves to be in the national team, Mark Hartmann led Global FC to a 3-0 whipping of Green Archers United in the United Football League on Thursday night at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
A day after getting excluded from the roster for the Malaysia friendly in Cebu on Sunday, the Filipino-British striker fired a brace to help the powerhouse squad keep its hold of the top spot in the nine-team standings.
“We had spurned chances in the first half, but there was a moment of magic from Mark that got us going,” Global coach Leigh Manson said, referring to the opening goal of Hartmann, whose league-leading goal total is now 21.
“He could be on thirty goals by the end of this season,” the Scottish mentor added.
Izzo El-Habbib scored the third goal for Global, which improved its point tally to 41, two ahead of Loyola Meralco with still a game on hand, while leaving the Archers stuck in sixth spot with 23 points.
After a handful of botched attempts, Hartmann finally unlocked the Archers defense with a thunderous close-range strike that goalkeeper Patrick Deyto failed to handle 33 minutes into the game. He doubled the lead with a conversion off a Curt Dizon pass in the 61st minute.
El-Habib then completed the rout with a strike barely four minutes after replacing Milad Behagandom in the 60th minute.
Chieffy Caligdong, who also came in as a late sub, provided the Archers’ best chance in the endgame, only for his left-footed shot to get denied by Roland Sadia.