GREEN Archers United caught Global FC on an off night on Saturday as it held the United Football League title contender to a scoreless draw at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill.
Showing more spunk and fluid short passing game compared to previous matches, the Archers proved a tough nut to crack for second-running Global.
The result allowed the Archers to move a spot up to fifth with seven points after seven starts, while halting Global’s five-game winning streak. Despite improving its point total to 16, Global remained three points behind the Sparks.
“It’s not the end of the world. Our goal difference hasn’t suffered,” Global coach Leigh Manson insisted. “All it’s done is make Loyola’s three-all draw (against Socceroo) not quite costly.”
“Against Global, I was satisfied with the result,” Archers coach Rodolfo Alicante said.
Misagh Bahadoran almost unlocked the Archers’ defense a minute into first-half stoppage time only for the Azkal’s close-range shot to get disallowed after getting called for what Global adamantly felt was a “questionable” handball.
The scoreless outcome also put the spotlight on both clubs’ goalkeepers and their remarkable efforts.
Global’s Roland Sadia saved a penalty strike from Jessie Martindale in the second half, while the Archers’ Patrick Deyto also rejected numerous strikes, including one by Ben Starosta from the right side.
“We may have had a penalty saved, but (Deyto)made three absolutely magnificent saves to stop us from scoring,” Manson said.
“It was a battle of goalkeepers,” Global goalkeeping coach Jorge Kuriyama said.