March 30, 2014
Global FC extended its lead at the top of the United Football League after dumping Pasargad, 7-0, Saturday night at Emperador Stadium.
Milad Behgandom struck a hat-trick inside the first 20 minutes as the People's Club fired six goals in the first half, hiking their total to a league leading 67 goals this season.
More importantly, the People's Club widened its lead to four points over Loyola Meralco at the top of the table.
Coach Leigh Manson was delighted with the team's performance.
"Overall we're happy, seven more goals in the bag, three more points which is more important," said Manson.
Chief Executvive Dan Palami, however, warned his side from getting carried away by its fine form.
"We need to take it one game at a time," said Palami. "It's too early to think about the championship."
Behgandom started the scoring spree ten seconds right after the match started with a free header. It was a well worked goal right after kickoff with Global players flooding the box and attacking a ball from midfield.
Mark Hartmann raised his tally to 19 goals with Global's second goal in the ninth minute, sending a chip over the goalkeeper.
Behgandom struck in the 15th and 20th minute to complete his hat-trick, and lift his tally to 11 goals. The second goal was a left footed strike to an open net after he intercepted a Pasargad back pass and the third came off a header from Hartmann's cross.
"We're in a place where we have a number of high quality players in a number of positions and they need to stay hungry," said Manson. "We'll keep rotating, we'll keep it fresh and hungry and the standard should not drop."
Daisuke Sato opened his account for Global in the 30th minute with a rebound from Hartmann's initial effort from the edge of the box.
Charles Pettys made it 6-0 right before half-time finishing off a neat set play from Mark Hartmann and Curt Dizon.
Jeffrey Christiaens added a seventh goal in the 67th minute. Pettys launched an inviting long ball for the winger, who struck an ambitous volley on goal just inside the box.
"Well I think Jeffrey's goal alone made the match worth watching," said Manson. "What a finish that was."