The stars aligned for Global FC as it cruised to a 4-1 victory over hapless Pachanga-PLDT Home Fibr on Thursday night in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium.
Benefiting from the early personnel woes of its opponent, Global hardly needed to be at its best to roll to its fourth straight victory that hiked its point total to 12 points, just three behind leader Loyola.
Mark Hartmann registered a brace and assisted Charles Pettys for another while Misagh Bahadoran chipped in a goal for Global, which dealt Pachanga its third loss in five games that left the squad in sixth place with six points.
The scoreline, however, didn’t appear to reflect how Pachanga performed as the emerging squad looked threatening even after losing two starters in the first half and going a man down in the second half.
Still, Global didn’t seem to pounce on Pachanga’s difficulties, nearly conceding a goal on numerous occasions.
“Pachanga, to be fair, worked very, very hard. In that respect, I’m not disappointed. I know we can do better,” Global coach Leigh Manson said.
Pachanga skipper Reza Amirkhizan was sent off with a straight red card late in the first half for an apparent head butt after getting fouled in another controversial call, while starters in goalkeeper Steve Yambou and Joachim Amani had to be replaced due to injuries.
Hartmann opened the scoring 24 minutes into the game with a shot near the penalty box, before doubling the lead 11 minutes later by repaying a pass from Marvin Angeles.
After Bahadoran tripled the lead with a conversion off Jeffrey Christiaens, Nate Burkey pulled a goal back for Pachanga with a curler shortly after Amirkhizan’s ejection.
Pettys completed the rout with a header off a Hartmann free kick in the 71st.