28 May 2016


Written by: Shawn Lim

Global FC became the third team to qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2016 RHB Singapore Cup after a resounding 5-0 victory over Nagaworld FC in the preliminary round at Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday night.

Hikaru Minegishi's early brace set the Filipinos on their way to victory, but goals from Mario Clarino, Omid Nazari and Daisuke Sato ensured that Global join the likes of Home United and Geylang International in the next round of the competition, where they will meet Tampines Rovers.

The designated hosts had began brightly at the ground where they endured another 5-0 defeat to Home United on their previous visit in 2014, almost opening the scoring minutes after kick off when Park Yongjun latched onto a long ball and went through on goal.

However, Global custodian Patrick Deyto came rushing off his line to parry away the South Korean's fierce drive at goal.

Having survived the early scare, Global began to press with purpose and found the breakthrough with their first shot on target in the ninth minute when Clarino's cross was met at the far post by Minegishi, who took a touch before slamming the ball into the back of the net.

Nagaworld quickly fell behind again when they failed to clear their lines after Omid's cross came off the foot of the post and Minegishi stabbed home the rebound from a similar position.

Befolo Privat had a wonderful chance to reduce the deficit for Nagaworld in the 16th minute after Global failed to deal with Sos Suhana's misplaced pass, but Deyto got down well to deny the Cameroonian's shot at goal.

Deyto's agility was put to the test again 10 minutes later when Sos played Park through on goal with a defence-splitting pass and the goalkeeper brilliantly saved the South Korean's effort with his legs.

The game was well and truly over for Nagaworld in the 32nd minute after Clarino headed home Misagh Bahadoran's corner at close range.

The Cambodians came out after the break determined to reduce the arrears and almost succeeded in the 49th minute when Tum Sary made a diagonal run across the 18-yard box to meet Privat's lofted pass, but the midfielder's header flew narrowly wide of the mark.

Global however, gradually regain a foothold in the game and could have added a fourth in the 54th minute when Omid attempted a low piledriver at the edge of the box, but Nagaworld custodian York Ary got down well to smother the ball.

Nagaworld coach Meas Channa: "It was very tough for my team today. We had chances to score in the first-half but we didn't. If we scored, maybe we could have a chance.

"Global had three chances in the first-half and they scored three goals. Football is like this."

Global FC coach Leigh Manson: "It wasn't an easy win because the players had to work hard for the result. A couple of them came off with cramps, which showed how hard they worked.

"It was the first time we have played a top Cambodian team, so it was interesting to compare ourselves with them.

"I am very very happy with the clean sheet today because our goalkeeper made three very good saves."

Nagaworld FC: York Ary (GK), Sok Rithy, Sun Sovanrithy, Mhim Sovannara, Ngoy Srin (Meng Chheng 36'), Masahiro Fukasawa (C), Sos Suhana, Tum Saray (Thorn Darapich 66'), Prak Chanratana (Sary Matnorotin 26'), Park Yongjun, Befolo Privat 

Global FC: Patrick Deyto (GK), Daisuke Sato, Milan Nikolic, Marco Casambre, Jerry Barbaso, Serge Kaole (Paolo Bugas 73'), Matthew Hartmann, Hikaru Minegishi, Mario Clarino (Andreas Esswein 86'), Misagh Bahadoran (C), Omid Nazari (Charles Pettys 77')


Ceres debuts in Singapore Cup


SINGAPORE—Ceres-La Salle aims to put its AFC Cup disappointment behind when the Bacolod side tackles Garena Young Lions in its Singapore Cup debut at Jalan Besar Stadium here.
The reigning United Football League champions arrived in the Lion City still licking the wounds of their stunning 0-1 extra time defeat to South China last Tuesday in the Round of 16 of the AFC Cup.
Facing a team made up of Singapore’s Under-23 side gives Ceres an opportunity to recover its bearings in the tournament. Filipino clubs have yet to win the tournament since the Football Association of Singapore started inviting UFL teams starting with the Loyola Meralco Sparks five years ago.
Global and Loyola both reached the semifinals in the past couple of editions of the tournament.

A semifinalist last year, Global was slated to play Nagaworld of Cambodia for its first round game Saturday night.
The survivor of the Ceres-Young Lions clash will meet DPMM Brunei in a two-leg quarterfinal tie.
“We learned a lot from our AFC Cup campaign, but now our focus is to win this match,” said Ceres coach Ali Go. “We know we can do better and we want to redeem ourselves in this tournament and also win the UFL league title again.”
Ceres has tapped Bienvenido Maranon, Son Chong Chan and Sang Min Kim as its three foreign reinforcements in the tournament with Spanish striker Adrian Gallardo nursing an injury.


27 May 2016

Ceres-La Salle FC debuts in RHB Singapore Cup

Bacolod squad Ceres-La Salle FC will make its 2016 RHB Singapore Cup against Garena Young Lions on May 29 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
After to bowing to South China in the AFC Cup, the Busmen now have the United Football League and the Singapore Cup as their remaining tournaments. They will face the Young Lions who this year have returned to the S.League after a long stint in the Malaysia Super League as Lions XII.
“Were looking forward to the match. I think Young Lions is a strong team also. I’ve been looking at their games and they’re a very quick team. They’re a young team mostly composed of the under-23  players of the Singapore National team and a few senior players. We have to be playing our a game to win this game,” said Ceres Coach Ali Go.
The Garena backed squad are composed of Singapore’s developmental team and some veteran players. Captained by Singapore’s talismanic striker Khairul Amri, the Young Lions are currently on the bottom of the S.League after the departure of key players at the start of the season.
“I think we have the advantage but we have to be very careful on the counterattacks of a very young and a very fast opponent. We have to score our chances now. We dearly paid for it the last game we had versus South China. I think the finishing now would be better and our defense should the same, strong defense and strong pressing, but hopefully we get the needed win with our experience,” the Ceres mentor added.
The RHB Singapore Cup is an invitational tournament featuring the best of Singapore versus select southeast-asian clubs. The Philippines is represented by UFL League winners Ceres and UFL Cup winners in Global. The match will be played on Sunday with kickoff starting at 730pm.


NagaWorld to face Global in Singapore Cup

A squad of 18 NagaWorld players departed from Phnom Penh airport to Singapore yesterday ahead of their 2016 RHB Singapore Cup first round clash with the Philippines’ Global FC tomorrow at Jalan Besar Stadium at 6:30pm.
The two-time Metfone Cambodian League Championship coach Meas Channa has selected three foreign players in his squad for the upcoming tournament: Japan’s Mashiro Fukasawa, South Korea’s Park Yong-jun and Cameroon’s Befolo Privat.
Influential attacking midfielder Sos Suhana and defender Ngoy Srin have been included in the national squad for Sunday’s pre-Asia Cup qualifier friendly against Timor Leste. Cambodia play Chinese Taipei on Wednesday.
Ahead of their trip to Singapore, NagaWorld head coach Meas Channa told the Post yesterday: “After seeing a video clip of Global highlights, I can say they are a very strong team.
“They are unbeaten in the Philippines’ United Football League and are top of their league.” “Global are good at attacking with speed. Their back four is also very strong,” Channa said.
Global are in form, having won all their first four matches in the Philippines’ United Football League, while NagaWorld sit third in the 2016 Metfone Cambodian League table with four wins, two draws and two defeats.
The current UFL leaders were also invited to take part in the tournament in 2015, when they were beaten in the semi-finals 3-1 by then Singapore champions Albirex Niigata.
NagaWorld, by contrast, finished their only previous tournament appearance in 2014 in the first round, losing 5-0 to Singapore side Home United.
Naga’s MCL rivals Phnom Penh Crown, who have made five appearances in the Singapore Cup, have lost in the preliminary round four times, only making the last eight once, in 2009.
Svay Rieng, who have played in the tournament twice, and Boeung Ket, with one appearance, were both knocked out in the preliminary round.
The winner of this match will go on to face Singapore League runners-up Tampines Rovers, a side that includes former Arsenal and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant.
Additional reporting by Chhorn Norn


FT Global (PHI) 5-0 Nagaworld (CAM). Minegishi 9' 10' Clarino 32' Nazari 77' Sato 83'

Global  Fc play Tampines Rovers in quarterfinal

Singapore Cup

26 May 2016


Johor Baru: Juan Lucero’s hat-trick helped defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim cruise into the AFC Cup quarter-finals after a comprehensive 7-2 defeat of tournament debutants Kaya FC of the Philippines on Wednesday.
The Argentine striker opened the scoring on the quarter-hour mark before a penalty from compatriot Jorge Pereyra Diaz (pictured) and a quick-fire double from Azammuddin Akil put the hosts 4-0 up at the interval.
OJ Porteria did reduce the deficit to three goals eight minutes into the second half but Lucero restored the four-goal cushion in the next attack before Mahali Jasuli made it 6-1 to Johor.
Lucero completed his hat-trick on the 70th minute before Antonio Ugarte scored a second for Kaya in the final minute as the score ended 7-2 with Johor sending out a stark message to their AFC Cup quarter-final opponents.
"Qualifying for the quarter-finals is important, and I am happy and proud to see our team play well, especially in the first half,” said JDT head coach Mario Gomez.
"We showed we can play without Safiq Rahim, who is injured. Amirulhadi came in his place and did well, and he is also becoming an important player in the team.
"It was difficult playing on a wet pitch, but we handled the conditions well apart from one or two mistakes we made. It has been three months of heavy work where we played a match every three days, so we are looking forward to the mid-season break."
The recently-crowned Malaysia FA Cup winners were on top from the outset and started the rout on 15 minutes after Kaya captain Aly Borromeo fouled Diaz outside the box. Lucero stepped up to send the resulting direct free kick into the net and put the hosts ahead.
Things went from bad to worse for the United Football League outfit when Borromeo was judged to have fouled Diaz inside the box eight minutes later. Diaz stepped up to drill the spot kick into the bottom of the net and double the lead before a swift counter attack in the 33rd minute led to a third goal for the defending champions. 
Izham Tarmizi started the move with a long clearance that led to Diaz racing down the left and crossed for Azammuddin to slide home inside the box.
Azammuddin scored his second seven minutes later when he produced a delightful shot from the edge of the penalty area that sailed into the top far corner of the goal as Johor went into the break four goals ahead.
Kaya pulled one goal back eight minutes into the second half as an Aidil clearance hit the crossbar and reached the path of Porteria who slid the ball below Izham into the goal from a tight angle on the left.
Johor replied instantly to make it 5-1 after Diaz’s set-up Lucero who fired past Kaya goalkeeper Matthew Acton from inside the box.
Another piece of individual skill from Diaz in the 69th minute saw Mahali well-positioned to control the ball near the penalty spot before finishing with aplomb for their sixth goal.
And Lucero completed his hat-trick two minutes later when he beat the offside trap and slotted past Acton inside the box in a one-on-one.
There was still time for another goal, this time from Kaya as Ugarte converted a cross from Porteria inside the box two minutes from time to reduce the deficit but it barely made a dent in Johor’s lead as the Malaysians roared their way into the AFC Cup quarter-finals.
"The first goal we conceded really surprised us because we were not ready when it happened,” said Kaya coach Joel Villarino. “I did not know what happened to our goalkeeper because we were not able to adjust right away to the free kick.
"It was a very good experience against the defending champions. Some of us were new in facing big crowds away, especially when we were up against the quality of the champions. We tried our best, but our best was not good enough in the game of tactics.”