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    Global battles Stallion, tries to keep up with league-leading Loyola

    Feb 19, 2014
    Defense has been the key recently for coach Ernie Nierras, and the Stallions have managed two straight shutouts. Jaime Campos

    GLOBAL FC hopes to regain its offensive punch against a defensively resolute Stallion side on Thursday night at the end of the first round of hostilities in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill.

    Held by Green Archers United to a scoreless draw last Saturday that snapped a five-game winning streak, Global hopes the Azkals-loaded squad could quickly get back on track and end its first-round campaign on a bright note.

    A victory for the second-running side in the 7:30 p.m. encounter improves its point sum to 19 points, just one behind leader Loyola.

    Global coach Leigh Manson lamented his club’s desire in the match against the Archers, but is optimistic for a better showing against the Stallions.

    “We didn’t play our best, our passing rhythm was out. We were second to most of the balls, but that was on a bad day for us,” the Scottish mentor said.

    However, the Stallions, who have 11 points to show, will not be easy pickings as they try to solidify their hold of fourth spot with a win.

    Although their offense remains a work in progress, the Stallions defense has kept their rivals from scoring in the last two games, the latest a 2-0 victory over Pasargad last Thursday.

    “The back four has jelled already, but offensive potency is something we have to work on,” Stallions coach Ernie Nierras said.

    Philippine Army and Pasargad likewise try to finish its first-round campaign on a positive note as they square off earlier at 5:15 p.m.

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    Defense has been the key recently for coach Ernie Nierras, and the Stallions have managed two straight shutouts. Jaime Campos
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