Defending UFL League champions Global FC banked on Masaki Yanagawa’s 79th minute strike to defeat Stallion FC, 2-1, and moved to second in the standings Sunday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium.
However, Stallion head coach Ernie Nierras has put the match under protest. According to Nierras, Global’s Hikaru Minegish, who Global used as a substitute, is ineligible. Minegishi replaced Jason Dantes in the 68th minute.
Nierras said after the match that Global “changed Minegishi’s registration from local to a foreigner in the middle of the season after the registration period.” Stallion will formally file a protest at the UFL office.
Both teams were missing key players at the start of the match. Global skipper Misagh Bahadoran, who scored two goals for the Azkals during the World Cup Qualifiers, was not in the lineup while Simone Rota was on the bench for Stallion.
Stallion took the lead nine minutes into the match. Nathan Alquiros outsmarted Roland Sadia inside the penalty area after Global’s defense crumbled.
Behind by one goal, Global coach Leigh Manson had to make two key changes in the 19th minute. Dennis Villanueva came on for Yu Hoshide while Jahanbakhsh Tajer replaced Amani Aguinaldo.
The league champions’ search for an equalizer finally came ten minutes before the break. Izo Elhabib finished Villanueva’s feed inside the box. The scores were level at 1-1 at the half.
Both teams had a hard time finding a second goal in the second half until Global broke through in the 79th minute.
Mark Hartmann’s corner found Yanagawa wide open inside the box. The Japanese defender, who ran up all the way from the back line, smashed the ball past Johann Noetzel to claim the three points for Global.
In Sunday’s earlier match, Manila Jeepney fired five goals past Team Socceroo in a 5-0 win. Park Su Hyun and Arnel Amita scored two goals each while N’gnan Koffi Kouassi added another goal for Jeepney.
Global are now in second place, with 22* points. Stallion drop to third with 21 points. Manila Jeepney overtook Pachanga Diliman in seventh place with eight points. Team Socceroo remained mired in the bottom with four points. — CAL
*Philippine Army has already withdrawn from the UFL. However the UFL has yet to make a formal announcement on how the standings will be affected after Army’s withdrawal.
Source at: http://football.com.ph/global-edge-stallion-2-1-but-match-under-protest/#sthash.VrdVGNOX.dpuf
Published last: 2015-06-26 06:11:57