GLOBAL FC seeks to translate its success in the continental level into the local scene as it collides with unbeaten Ceres-La Salle in the United Football League on Saturday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Fresh from a 4-1 win over Yadanarbon of Myanmar in the Asian Football Confederation Cup last Wednesday, the defending UFL champions return to their mother league, but against a formidable foe in a marquee matchup at 8:15 p.m.
Ceres is the league’s hottest team, having won all its seven matches so far, the last a 5-2 victory over Loyola Meralco, to pace the tournament with 21 points.
But Global, running fifth in the 10-team Division 1 standings, is also beginning to pick up steam after losing two straight matches in the UFL and suffering an embarrassing 6-1 defeat at the hands of South China in the first AFC Cup match
“We learned that lesson and it was seen in the last three AFC games,” Global coach Leigh Manson said as his squad held Pahang to a scoreless draw and lost to Yadanarbon by just two goals in their last two matches. “I have absolute confidence in my players that we’ll win every game.”
Global is likewise drawing strength from the fact that it was the last team to beat Ceres behind a 3-1 decision in the national club championship semifinals last January.
“If we play and we take our chances, I think we’ve got a great chance of winning,” added the Scottish mentor, whose team trampled Manila Jeepney, 10-1, last week.
Fourth-running Stallion FC, coming off a stunning 3-0 shutout of second-running Kaya FC, takes on Green Archers United at 5:15 p.m. after Socceroo and Jeepney face off three hours earlier.