Grilled captain Moey Xin Seng
was just happy to leave the newbies ground with full points. "They've got a real lion in Brendan Pham." Moey praised. "Dare I say, we're similar in many ways."
With Robbie Football Club visiting Cats United, overhauling them was mostly out of the question, and their gaining just four more goals on Grilled was perhaps as much as could have been wished for.
The chasing pack would however fall off, as -Blitz- and ArSenal U21 lost to clubs below them in the table. -Blitz- were well below par as they never recovered from shipping two first-half goals to the McCoys, finishing it 2-1, while ArSenal were simply outhustled by an ambitious Ropelearner FC. They did make a run for it as Ropelearner tired towards the end, but only came within a goal of equalising, ending up 4-3 losers.
Farmer Bunnies too did what they could, ekeing hard-earned points out of Soon Soon with a 2-1 home win. Soon Soon's French playmaker Abdelhaye Yardani silenced Carrot Field with a fine strike after a fairly boring first hour, but Abderahim Bentellis
and Aswad Mohd Jafni
then struck twice in as many minutes to turn the tables.
The match was marred by an early foot injury to Jon Benson
, which forced Cheah Chang Ming
to fill in competently if not completely. Fortunately, Benson has been cleared to return next week, and Kwek Yun Jie
shook off the groin condition that caused him to miss Friday's World Cup qualifier against Mozambique, to dominate from leftback.
It was all Osertz Indurain
, all the way for Grilled International, as the Spanish right-winger recorded his maiden career hat-trick against Portugal's Benfica 1904. Lorenzo Monaci would poach one for the visitors, and Soo Kiong Yau
performed his penalty duties, but there was no question who the fans were enamored with, by the end of the match.
Indurain was certainly over the moon, as he dismissed talk that he had been angling for a move away. "I'm enjoying my football here, and you can quote me on that!"