Head coach Djan Bacelar
, who had overseen this particular friendly game, concluded that the team was better off sticking to what it knew. "It turns out that we missed having the extra man in midfield badly. I have to give it to Neeraj Muthyala
, though. He nearly made up for it."
Talk turned to Chan Ze Han
's comparatively routine output after a very bright start, but Bacelar dismissed all such concerns. "Chan's doing exactly as we ordered him to, the coaches have no worries on that end. The goals will come."
As for Remco van der Ban
, Bacelar was much less forgiving in his remarks. "He's been around long enough to know that we can't have that sort of behaviour here, even if it was just a friendly. It's getting harder for us to justify putting him on the team sheet."
Farmer Bunnies would meanwhile huff their way to a last-gasp 2-1 away victory, against third division Birkirkara BOYS of Malta. Aswad Mohd Jafni
's 31st minute strike was nullified by a 54th minute penalty, converted by John Grima after Wiġi Lowell was held up by Llamil Vener
in the box. Birkirkara nearly stole it when Sten Palk hit the bar late, and it took Lau Chang Wan
to win it with three minutes remaining. There was then yet enough time for Wong Ting Yew
to get sent off, for his second booking due to a mistimed sliding tackle.
recognized that the Buns made it far harder for themselves than they had to, with the hosts posing next to no threat on attack for the vast bulk of the match. "The midfielders have to learn to put themselves forward more." he commented. "Especially when we're playing one up front, like today."
Grilled International for their part were whacked 0-3 by Canadian Division Five mainstays Winnipeger FC Dynamo, with defender Stan Miles coming up with two from dead balls. As for the Chicken Wings, their maiden game in their new league didn't go too well either, as they fell by the same scoreline to Hackets Elite, with Lars Justesen outstanding for the Danes.