A Terrible Truth
Grilled skipper Moey Xin Seng
was uncharacteristically deflated after the loss. "Again, we were just not good enough." he concluded. "ArSenal won it fair and square out there. We played far beneath ourselves."
There however remained a sparkle of defiance behind Moey's eyes, as he pledged to carry on the chase. "Our title hopes may have gone from slim to slimmer, but that's no reason to give in. It's football, anything can yet happen."
League leaders Robbie Football Club offered no encouragement, that said, as the RFC machine crushed newbies are newbies 4-0. Spanish winger Juan Luis Sáez had to be stretchered off after scoring two of those, but he should be back against Ropelearner next weekend.
Next opponents -Blitz- went a lot better, as the condemned Ropelearner FC to one of their heaviest-ever defeats, with Jury Kamkovich racking up a hat-trick in an 8-1 massacre. This boded well neither for Ropelearner FC hosting RFC, nor Grilled themselves.
Cats United were officially demoted following their eleventh straight loss - a relatively mild 0-2 against in-danger Really McCoys - but the real question must be how it took so long. Theofanis Peponas and Teodovico Bahamondes struck in a busy end to the first half, alongside the Cats losing Terence Chiu and Khairee Abdul Muhaimin to injury.
In stark contrast, Grilled's affiliate clubs won in whitewashes, with the Bunnies destroying Deportivo Costa del Este 6-0 to set up a cracker against Kim Tae Hee FC next week. Daniel Nguyen
was the form striker of the moment as he started them off with a neat brace, but fears of permanent underlying damage to Kwek Yun Jie
only heightened, as the national defender had to hobble off with a strained thigh.
His replacement Reno Kim
will definitely not feature against Kim Tae Hee FC, after getting sent off in only his third appearance for the Buns, but it'll probably be a non-event anyway if head coach Sikong Darong
was to be believed.
"I hate to spoil the party, but let's be realistic here - KTH are going to be crowned champions this season." Sikong conceded. "They have shown no indication of slipping up, and even if we do the unthinkable next Sunday, I frankly don't see any of the other teams threatening them."
The biggest win however belonged to Grilled International, who continued on a remarkable turnaround by smashing bottom-dwellers fontannen international eight-nil. Micky bin Kadir
, Tommy Dongelmans
and Yao Erguo
had two each, with László Kammer
and Hesky Atmanegara
bringing up the rear of the goal train.
Incredibly, the result puts International within striking distance of VI.113 leaders roccoeisuoifratelli, who unexpectedly fell to Benfica 1904 today. International visit roccoeisuoifratelli Arena next, and victory will guarantee top spot on goal difference - a concept quite alien to the hungry International supporters.