GLOBAL turned to its comeback kids to dispatch a hapless Green Archers United side, 4-0, and move back to second place in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
Jeffrey Christiaens and Denis Wolf, both coming off injuries, shared the spotlight with fellow national team member Carli de Murga and Sudanese hitman Izzo El-Habib as they all struck for the defending champions in their last game before going to Cebu on Friday for the Asian Football Confederation President’s Cup from May 8 to 12.
With the win, Global bumped up its point total to 31 points, only two behind Stallion, while dealing the eighth-running Archers their eighth loss in 12 games.
“It’s good to fly out with a win going into a big tournament,” team owner Dan Palami said. “A few scary moments in the first half when it took us the whole of forty five minutes before we could score a goal. We had a lot of chances and the more chances we missed and wasted, the more confident the Archers became.”
Without suspended winger Patrick Reichelt, Global failed to unlock the Archers’ defense, anchored by promising goalkeeper Patrick Deyto, until El-Habib sneaked in a goal off a pass from Turkish recruit Koray Gunduzoglu from the left side, in first-half stoppage time.
Turning up a notch in the second half, Global broke the game wide open starting in the 58th minute when Christiaens struck only three minutes after coming in for Marvin Angeles.
Twelve minutes later, Wolf, in only his second game back from a knee injury that left him clearly struggling the last few months and factored in him missing the AFC Challenge Cup roster, widened the gap as he scored his first-ever goal for the squad, which he did also three minutes after coming off the bench.
De Murga completed the blowout as he found the back of the net right before stoppage time.
“They (substitutes) made an impact,” Global coach Brian Reid said. “That’s what part of the game’s all about, trying to make important substitutions at the right time and it worked for us tonight. They gave us the freshness and energy that made the difference.”