Grilled Birds 1 - 0 FC RaZer Infernus
League, Season 3215 April 2007 04:30 HTT
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Grilled BirdsFC RaZer Infernus
Anders Fredgård (29)

Season 30W1 - 0League
Season 30W0 - 2League
Season 28W2 - 5Cup
Season 27W1 - 4Cup
Season 26L4 - 1League

Infernus Doused
Fredgård Feted

Grilled continued their recent dominance over FC RaZer Infernus by recording a fifth consecutive competitive win over the former S-League champions. Like their last meeting, a single goal by a defender was the winner, as RaZer tried to deny Grilled at The Cooking Pot with a packed four-man backline.
RaZer had pulled off a huge comeback to dismiss Team Singapore just last week on their home ground, so they may have felt that their allotment of luck was depleted for the time being. In any event, some may have questioned their Australian coach Kev McDonald's decision to sacrifice a midfielder in order to play himself, given his declining standards.

McDonald didn't do much to dispel those opinions as he was a peripheral presence at best, with RaZer barely getting any of the ball. Grilled centreback Anders Fredgård was given far more license to roam than usual as RaZer sat very deep, and even got booked for an instinctive tackle on a RaZer defender in the opponents' box.

Paullin struck wide from a good position in the 27th minute, but any disappointment from that miss quickly dissipated when Grilled fans were treated to the unlikely sight of Fredgård rampaging down the left flank to pump a goal past Mak Jiao-Long. The Swede was about to celebrate by removing his jersey, before remembering the new rules and automatic caution - and in this case, sending-off - had he done that.

Grilled stayed in offensive mode, and van Liere was uncharacteristically aggresive in hunting down Kitrattana after losing out to the Thai midfielder. The ensuing challenge was out of order, though, and the Dutchman was rightly booked for that.

RaZer's tactics almost paid off early in the second hald as Grilled overextended themselves on a few occasions, and had Daniel Hellell maintained his balance his strike across the face of goal could have caused a lot of trouble for Sulaiman. That golden period didn't last long, and soon RaZer's old tormentor, Ola Martinsson, would step to the fore with an array of dazzling tricks.

Martinsson first fed Dimitri Simon with a curious little behind-the-back pass, but the Belgian got a bit too much follow-through on his swing and lifted it just over the bar. Martinsson was odds-on for a goal as he lobbed behind the goal before unleashing a strike with incredible spin on it, only for it to be pushed around the post by Jiao-Long at the last moment.

McDonald might have been rueing his decision to play himself as he suffered cramps at the tail-end of the match, but was brave enough to endure the final minutes after some ice-pack treatment on the sidelines.

    Samurais Lost
    The Team That Was
    Long Term Injury
    Xata Comfort
    Wai Meng Rumours
    Infernus Doused
    When We Were Queens
    Simply Terrible
    Misty Eyed
2016-08-01 00:37:41
anonymous: Thanks for the special mention :) I would just like to expre...
2015-08-17 18:50:02
anonymous: excellent read as always!- Yjorn
2015-06-13 03:08:41
anonymous: Rasha say
2014-12-14 16:56:39
gilbertlim: well, it seemed like that.
2014-12-12 18:26:33
anonymous: I didn't play a 4-5-2
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