It was a night to remember for Misagh Bahadoran and Global FC. The Global captain scored twice to win the UFL Cup after a 3-1 win over Ceres-La Salle FC, Saturday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Bahadoran, who was also named tournament MVP, also provided an assist to clinch the Cup and book their ticket to next year’s AFC Cup play-off stage. Global first won the UFL Cup in 2011.
In a match of the League’s top two teams, it was Ceres that almost broke through inside the opening five minutes. Patrick Reichelt squandered two chances to put his side ahead. The first came in the third minute when Bienvenido Marañon picked out the winger in the box, but his effort was collected by tournament best goalkeeper, Patrick Deyto.
A second chance came for Reichelt just two minutes later. Manny Ott’s corner found Reichelt in the box, however, Deyto sent the winger’s header over.
Bahadoran struck gold in the 21st minute. The forward pounced on the rebound after Louie Casas stopped the initial effort.
Matthew Hartmann doubled the lead three minutes later. Bahadoran became the provider as he laid off the ball into the path of the winger, who calmly finished it with a low shot past Casas. The first half ended 2-0 for Global.
The Bacolod side found their groove in the second half. However, Global’s intricate defending led by tournament best defender Amani Aguinaldo left Ceres frustrated.
Controversy ensued in the 55th minute. Patrick Reichelt’s header on goal was handled by Daisuke Sato but to the shock of the Ceres players, referee Clifford Daypuyat waved play on.
Global scored a third goal a minute later. Bahadoran dribbled past three defenders in the box and made it 3-0.
The situation got worse as Ceres coach Ali Go and the rest of the players complained to Daypuyat regarding the non-call. The protests were ignored with Go sent to the stands by the referee much to the chagrin of the Ceres supporters.
Substitute Nate Burkey pulled one back for Ceres in the 69th minute. However, any signs of a comeback did not materialize for the Bacolod side as Global went on to clinch their second UFL Cup.