Grilled upped their game in the second match of the season's doubleheader against Scorps.
Scorps fielded two changes from the side that went down by two goals at home last Sunday, while Grilled tried out Johan Dewilde
in place of Kau Siu-Cheung
and replaced an ineffective Gao Seng-kar
with a fresh Aznan Noor Yadah
, allowing Ma Dai-Lin
to go back to his favoured right wing.
The difference was not immediately apparent, as Grilled took some time to dig in. The goals when they came were not as spectacular as they were the previous week, but Chen Chiew-Yen
wasn't complaining when his simple floated lob beat Flinkby in the 28th minute.
The gap in pace between Gao Seng-kar
and Aznan Noor Yadah
was clear when Aznan made Kun-Fun look as though he was standing still with a quick turn of pace. Aznan proceeded to deposit the ball in the far corner of the goal. Grilled were unable to add to their tally in the first half, and fears that they would fizzle out again were allayed only late in the game.
once again collected a caution for his spirited tackling, and Grilled lacked bite in attack until he and Ma Dai-Lin
exploited Hobson's aerial superiority in time. Dai-Lin picked out Hobson in a packed penalty area in the 73rd minute, and Hobson shrugged off the keen attentions of well-built Wang Guo-Fang to head past Flinkby. His goal from Pence's cross came when he was unmarked, as the Scorps defenders were busy venturing upfield to try and get a consolation goal after Chen Chiew-Yen
was dismissed for a head-butt in the heat of play.
Aznan Noor Yadah
got his brace too, combining well with Hobson to leave the defensive line behind and slot the ball between Flinkby's legs.