25 April 2014

After Azkals snub, Mark Hartmann fires brace in Global rout of Green Archers

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.


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