Global FC settled for a draw with Brunei Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota (DPMM) FC, but that was enough for the United Football League side to book a ticket to the semifinals of the 2013 Singapore Cup Saturday night at the Jalan Besar Stadium in the city-state.
Global battled DPMM to a 4-4 tie in the second leg of the quarterfinals, but the Philippine club won the series after registering an aggregate score of 5-4 thanks to its 1-nil victory in the first leg last Wednesday.
The second leg victory, however, didn’t come easily for Global, which almost blew its chance to advance to the next round.
Carli De Murga lifted Global in the first half, scoring three goals at the 20th, 37th and 45th minutes to bag an early hat trick and give his squad a comfortable 3-nil cushion.
Rufo Sanchez padded Global’s lead to 4-nil after a goal at the 55th minute.
But Global had anxious moments after seeing DPMM make a huge rally. Arturas Rimkevicius scored at the 62nd minute, while Tales Delos Santos followed it with a shot at the 69th minute.
DPMM went on to score two more goals in the last 10 minutes to tie the match at 4-4. However, the S.League side failed to complete the comeback with another goal, allowing Global to win the series.
With the victory, Global will face the winner of the quarterfinal matchup between fellow UFL squad Loyola Meralco Sparks and Tanjong Pagar United in the semifinals. Tanjong Pagar won the first leg, 2-1, last Thursday.
The Singapore Cup is an annual invitational tournament featuring clubs from the S.League and abroad, mostly from Southeast Asia.