By Gabriel TanFollow @@gabetan13
Having won Wednesday's quarter-final first leg against DPMM FC 1-0 thanks to Rufinho Sanchez's 95th-minute header, the Philippine giants claimed a 3-0 halftime lead in Saturday's return encounter thanks to Carli de Murga's brilliant hat-trick.
Ten minutes after the break, the contest looked over when Sanchez headed home a De Murga cross to make it 5-0 on aggregate, but DPMM then produced a stunning fightback and pulled two goals back in quick succession through strikes from Arturas Rimkevicius and Tales dos Santos.
Eight minutes from time, the Bruneian outfit netted another when Rimkevicius grabbed his second of the game, before the score was incredibly levelled in the 88th minute when Joao Moreira headed home Azwan Saleh's freekick.
Nonetheless, DPMM were unable to find a fifth goal to force extra-time and it was ultimately Global who booked their place in the last four.
Speaking after the game, Reid was initially bothered by how his side nearly threw away their commanding lead but admitted they still deserved praise for what had been achieved in their maiden appearance in Singapore's premier cup competition.
"We know they [DPMM] are a dangerous side and we got a bit complacent," he said. "The biggest thing for me was to try and keep a clean sheet and unfortunately it didn't turn out that way.
"As soon as our keeper [Roland Dely Sadia] got injured, they brought on the giant [Dos Santos] and launched balls into the box. It wasn't nice to watch in the end and we are a bit naïve in the way we defended.
"I don't want to be too negative here because I'm actually delighted we're into the semis and some of the football we played was superb. To come here and go 4-0 up against DPMM is a credit to the boys.
"Just like in the last game, we seemed to get a bit tired towards the end but we must remember these are our first competitive games for a month. Misagh [Bahadoran] got a hamstring injury and we had to make some enforced changes.
"I don't want to take the shine off it; we're in the semi-finals of the competition. We're delighted as it's a great honour for the club and for the Philippines."
The Scot also admitted coming up against some of the DPMM players, like Dos Santos, was a novel experience for many of his charges but backed them to learn their lessons ahead of their next visit to Singapore, which is likely to come in October.
"We don't normally come up against players of that size and stature in the Filipino league [United Football League]," Reid explained. "But that's something we have to learn to deal with and defend against better.
"We've been well treated in our visits to Singapore. We managed to get two good victories against two strong teams [they beat Warriors FC in the first round] and whoever we get [in the semis], we'll be confident we can progress."
Despite the obvious disappointment of being eliminated from the competition, DPMM coach Vjeran Simunic spoke of pride when speaking about the obstacles his team overcame en-route to producing an impressive fightback.
"I think today [Saturday] my players learnt a lot from them [Global] because they have much more experienced players," he said.
"I cannot ask for more from my local players. I'm also proud of how we played in the first game, even though we lost 1-0.
"I think we deserved a 0-0 in that game and if that had been the case, this would have been a different game. It almost could have finished 5-4 to us and it would have been fantastic to go to extra-time, but we are upset with the result."
The Croat did reserve praise for Brazilian centre-back Dos Santos, who was not fully fit after recovering from injury, but came on and caused real problems for the opposition defence deployed as an auxiliary striker.
"Dos Santos only came in last night [Friday] after taking an injection," Simunic revealed. "I was surprised because of the extent of his injury.
"It's also tricky because we were worried he could aggravate the injury and be out for even longer, but he really showed his desire to play.
"Dos Santos is a big professional and during the first game he couldn't even walk, but tonight [Saturday] he was able to play."
Simunic also backed Global to cause more than a few problems for their semi-final opponents, who will be decided on Sunday in the clash between Loyola Meralco Sparks and Tanjong Pagar United.
"Global are a team who are contenders to win the Singapore Cup," he added. "I think they have quality and play a tough game.
"Today [Saturday] was a big lesson for us and I think whoever play Global next will also have a tough challenge. I think maybe Balestier [Khalsa] can cope with them."
Global won the United Football League back in 2012 but lost out in the recently-concluded season after finishing as runners-up behind Stallion.
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