Mémes Remain Dreams
Grilled skipper Moey Xin Seng
was delighted at the team navigating a potentially tricky game with flair. "Ropelearner are not ones to be conservative, and it could have tilted hard either way." he noted. "But we took the measure of them today."
Pundits saw an element of luck in the Birds' victory. "It was destined to be a fast and furious affair, and I feel that the home team would have been better served being a bit more patient." hobby commentator Raymond Teo wrote. "They were kind of inflexible in firing from outside the box, even when it made little sense."
Overall, it was a bad day for hospitality, with the visitors sweeping the round. Robbie Football Club extended their goal-difference lead over the Birds, beating Really McCoys by three goals, despite losing Pedro Luis Regueyra early to a minor knock.
-Blitz- likewise ran up a 4-1 win over newbies, with George-Cosmin Tudorache pulling ahead in the Golden Boot race with a hat-trick. ArSenal U21's Étienne Höckelsberger was in close pursuit, as he found three of his own against Cats United - who for some reason improved drastically after first-choice goalie Aw Jing Yun went off with bruised ribs from absorbing one direct shot too many.
It was the Jon Benson
show at Farmer Bunnies, who took no prisoners in demolishing FC Mémes 9-1. Mémes did record their first goal of the season after a dubious penalty award, but Cheng Chi Yao equalising from Benson's opener - that egged on by the entire stadium - was followed only by an unrelenting barrage.
Enzo Paolo Panzarino
would end up with the 16th hat-trick of his Buns career, with Kwek Yun Jie
joining Benson on two, but there was no doubt who caught the audience's imagination for the day.
"Jon, he's just so... assured as a sweeper." Argentine midfielder Llamil Vener
said. "We have seldom had too many concerns about backup, given our defensive bias, but Benson takes it another level above that."
Grilled International bucked the trend with yet another apparently unjust loss, though the Samotišky Saints' 80th minute winner by René Dlesk on the counter felt almost inevitable, given the volume of chances that International had again passed up on.
This followed a 1-1 midweek friendly draw against Danish fifth division Team Scandaless that Tajit bin Mohd
thought would have brought his men some heart. "What can I say?" the despairing head coach lamented. "Sometimes, it just all seems to go against you."