by Jady Salonga on May 26, 2011
The Global Smartmatic FC and Navy FC played their postponed May 15 match last May 25 at the University of Makati Football Stadium, ending in an 8-nil result.
Despite missing the presence of team manager Dan Palami, Coach Frank Muescan, and players William Guerridon, Kim Relucio and Misagh Bahadoran, Global was able to prove that they can score and deliver. Izzo El-Habbib and Ayi Arye’s hat-tricks and contributions from Rolly Lear and Lester Villanueva paved way to Global’s scoring-spree. Villanueva was the first to score at the 26th minute, while El-Habbib and Arye scored in the 35th and 43rd minutes, to end in a 3-nil first half. However, Three minutes after the game’s resumption, El-Habbib scored once again. Five minutes after, Ayi added another goal for Global. In the 66th minute, donning the number 6 jersey, Ayi was able to score once again to give Global its sixth goal of the game. Yet again, El-Habbib shot another ball to the goalpost in the 73rd minute, giving him his 10th goal for the league. Not to be outdone, Lear was able to score in the 91st minute.
The Global Smartmatic FC will face top-seed Air Force Rider this Sunday, May 29. Seen as a Herculean task at first, the result of this game puts the Air Force on a narrow three-point lead in points system (Air Force has 26, Global has 23), and a two-goal edge in goal differences (Air Force has 29, Global has now 27). They have to win and be ahead by two goals to steal the title from Air Force.
Izzo Elhabbib leads topscorers
With his hat-trick performance, El-Habbib was able to snatch the title of top scorer in the LBC United Football League from Air Force Rider captain Yanti Bersales, who has eight goals, compared to Elhabbib’s ten.