MaShImArO, who have gone through several changes of leadership resulting in their rebranding from The Cousins to Archjoker.Fc to Francis United, had their instability tell as they were soundly trounced by Grilled.
They were given a lifeline when Grilled's defensive stalwalt Lan Tuan-Mu
had to go off after ten minutes due to a bum knee, but the Birds regrouped and kept MaShImArO from getting anywhere close. With seventeen minutes gone, Dai-Lin's cross was volleyed home by Machado, whose goal was met by groans from the 3500-odd remaining faithful.
The fans saw no way back, and their fears were confirmed as Tim Hobson
quickly doubled the deficit as Kok-Sin floundered in defence. Teenager Chai Yew-Hoe
continued in the same vein, and Ma Dai-Lin
helped by pulling the defence wide to give Chai a clear path.
Chen's very close effort in the 48th minute and Quan Lap-Kay's injury proved to be mere sideshows before the incredible 76th minute, which saw Grilled score not one, not two but three goals.
It might be hard to believe that there would even be time for such a feat in sixty seconds, but Hobson kicking the ball right back to the centre circle after converting a penalty, and dashing back to be tripped in the box and having the referee blow for another uncontested one, had a lot to do with it.
then sped past a downed Shahrulnizam bin Sulaiman, who knelt in mid-stride from cramp, to score and complete that magical minute.