GLOBAL FC picked up from where it left off as it shut out Ceres-La Salle, 2-0, to sustain its resurgence in the United Football League on Saturday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Oozing confidence after their Asian Football Confederation Cup victory last Wednesday, the defending UFL champions put an end to Ceres’ unbeaten run in its maiden top-flight campaign.
Misagh Bahadoran and Mark Hartmann kept their fiery forms with a goal each, both supplied by Hikaru Minegishi as Global registered a second successive win after two straight defeats to climb two spots to third with 19 points in nine matches.
“It’s a great way to end the first half of the season,” Global coach Leigh Manson said.
Ceres saw its seven-match winning streak snapped, although they kept their grip on the top spot with 21 points after eight outings, ahead of Stallion FC on goal difference with still a game on hand.
Continuing to have seamless transition from left-winger to striker, Bahadoran broke the ice three minutes before first-half injury time when the team skipper headed home Minegishi’s cross to duplicate his scoring effort against Yadanarbon in the AFC Cup.
Ceres tried to equalize in the second half, but Martin Steuble’s free kick two minutes after intermission, one of a handful of scoring attempts, hit the crossbar.
Hartmann, who had a brace against Yadanarbon, put the outcome beyond doubt with a strike off another assist by the Japanese Minegishi in the 66th minute.