On Saturday night Global overwhelmed Nomads 10-love in a UFL Cup Group D encounter in Rizal Memorial. Mark and Matt Hartmann suited up for Global while a familiar face donned the green-and-white stripes of Nomads: kuya Darren.
Darren is back at the club where all three once played, before they migrated to Loyola with Mark making the switch to Global in 2013 and Matt following this year.
Before the game the brothers all sat in one row with their significant others, watching Manila Jeepney dismantle Forza 5-2.
“I think I’m just going to jump on Mark’s back,” quipped Darren, newly-returned to the Philippines after a stint in England, with a smile.
“I don’t think I’ll go after Matty. He’s too aggressive.”
Nomads played inspired football in holding Global to just 1-0 into first half injury time, with Darren playing as holding mid. But a Mark Hartmann strike in the stoppage meant Nomads went to the dressing room down 2-0.
Global put in Jason De Jong, Norio Suzuki, and Daisuke Sato after the interval and turned on the heat as the goals started to come thick and fast.
But the highlight of Darren’s evening was a lovely track-back and tackle on Mark in the box. But Manong Daz’s joy was short lived.
Just minutes later Darren badly sliced an attempt at clearing a loose ball. His sheepish smile immediately after the error was so big we could see it from the VIP lounge. Global capitalized on the mistake and swiftly stormed forward to beat Nomads goalie Hondo Ortiz for 5-0. The finisher? Mark Hartmann.
Matt Hartmann had his moment in the sun as well, with a goal and a gorgeous, outside-of-the-boot assist on another strike. Mark finished with six goals.
The Hartmanns are one of Philippine football’s most colorful families, with a penchant for terrific play and occasional trips to the principal’s office. It’s great to see all three of them on the park again.