GLOBAL FC marked its new territory on the day the country celebrated Independence Day.
The proud football squad ruled the United Football League following a 7-2 stomping of Pachanga on Thursday night to reassert its dominance in the local club scene.
Global banked on a torrid first half, held off a mini comeback, before finally pulling away to capture its second title in two years with still three games to spare.
Celebration ensued, with champagne popping and players whooping it up.
It came early, but the coronation seemed expected and was just a matter of time before happening considering how Global stamped its class since late second round of competition.
"It's very satisfying," Global coach Leigh Manson said. "But it's all credit to the players who have worked week in and week out to get to where we are."
“This is not just for Global,” team owner Dan Palami said. “This is for everybody who loves local football.”
So dominant was Global that Angel Guirado, Izzo El-Habib, and Milad Behgandom all scored a brace, while Jeffrey Chrisiaens chipped in a goal in just his first game back from injury.
Global had the luxury to lose some of its last matches, but the powerhouse club showed it could hardly wait as it scored three goals in the first half.
But Pachanga refused to go down without a fight as the UFL Cup runner-up pulled a goal back barely a minute into the second half when David Fornea converted a feed from Nate Burkey, who scored the team’s second goal to pull the sixth-running side within two goals, 2-4.
Global, however, showed how eager it was to wrap up the tournament as soon as possible as it finished the match with a flurry with three straight goals anew.
Christiaens, with skipper Jason de Jong as decoy, converted a perfectly executed free kick in the 73rd minute, before Behgandom struck from the penalty area four minutes later.
El-Habib punctuated the rout eight minutes before stoppage time when the Sudanese strike beat the offside trap to find the back of the net easily past goalkeeper Kim Versales,
“Before the game, we were telling our players, they should not concentrate on the championship, but concentrate on the game, so I’m happy they responded well,” Palami said.
“We relaxed a bit, but as soon as we got in our third and fourth goals, (we knew it was ours),” added the affable sportsman, who was given a victory ride and bathed with water from the cooler by his players mid-interview.