No Match Bigger
After the dust had settled, it became apparent that the winner of this season's Singapore Cup would be an S-League team, as Pudgy Penguins, Be Champions FC and Random Curiosity FC joined Grilled Birds in the semis.
The Birds were promptly drawn against BCFC, who if they beat Random Curiosity FC on Sunday at home as expected, will be on an incredible fourteen game winning streak, a feat seldom heard of at the top level in these times. Grilled skipper Tian Yonghang
, twice a goalscorer today, was however undaunted.
"BCFC are never easy to take down, but if any club are going to do it, it would be us." Tian claimed. "We do have the head-to-head results to back that up, and we don't feel that our league clash this season had been an accurate reflection of our strength. They're extremely good, but definitely not invincible."
Indeed, Be Champions FC were in trouble more than once against Chelsea Pioneer today, with Roy Granland giving the Division Two challengers a shock 23rd minute lead from a corner. Despite the loss of influential Polish winger Radosław Raszczyk, and a brace from the deadly Ali Ütkün, Chelsea managed to equalise through a Khaw Loong Tian penalty. Only a late winner from Arnold Pang confirmed BCFC's victory, and even then they had to contend with a woodwork-rattling riposte from Benjámin Szilvási.
Penguins too found neutrals' darling Arcturules a handful to contend with, and likewise went behind, before grinding out a narrow 4-3 win that should see Arcturules win some new fans. Random Curiosity FC probably had the smoothest progression of the three, as they bundled last season's semifinalists Charis FC out 4-1, with the impressive Michelangelo Del Riccio bagging a hat-trick.