JEFFREY Christiaens made the most out of his return to his natural position and steered Global FC to a resounding 6-0 victory over Philippine Army in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig Tuesday night.
Global’s starting left-back, Christiaens was thrust to the left wing in the second half after Patrick Reichelt went down with an injury, and the 21-year-old Filipino-Belgian booter responded by registering a brace to spearhead the defending champions’ onslaught in what had been so far the most lopsided victory this season.
Global’s fourth straight triumph also firmed up its place atop the standings with 12 points and a +13 goal difference.
“It’s a really good feeling. It’s amazing. It’s nice that I can help the team in winning,” said Christiaens, who started to play left-back for the national team under coach Michael Weiss.
“From the moment coach Weiss put me at left-back, I watch video and I try it now. For the moment it works.
“I want to play everywhere. As long as I’m in the first eleven, it’s okay,” added Christiaens, who took the spotlight over Ben Starosta, Misagh Bahadoran, and substitutes Matthew Uy and Marvin Angeles.
Starosta, Bahadoran, Uy, and Angeles all found the back of the net for Global, which also saw the return of coach Brian Reid from a two-game absence.
“You can’t ask for anymore,” said the Scottish mentor, who went back to United Kingdom the last two weeks to process his UEFA pro license. “We may have started the game a bit lethargic, slow in our possession, but once we got the first goal, I thought we were very clinical.”
The Polish Starosta scored after a hesitation move to draw first blood in the 27th minute, before Bahadoran converted a spectacular one-touch finish off a Jerry Barbaso cross from the right flank eight minutes later to give Global a 2-0 lead entering the half.
Then it was Christiaens’ turn to score just five minutes into the second half and another goal in the 75th minute.
Coming in the 79th minute for Carli de Murga and Starosta, Uy and Angeles joined the scoring fray within the final three minutes before stoppage time.
The Troopers, who actually had two penalty attempts they failed to convert in the evenly matched first half, dropped to the cellar with a third straight loss and a -10 goal difference.