Noubaryan cut a grim figure after the loss, as he contemplated his team's unwarranted mental fragility. "We missed Moey greatly today." he managed, referring to his injured captain. "Soon Soon did their job, but frankly, we handed it to them too."
was perhaps the lone bright spot on a discouraging day, as he confirmed his ability to score with two good finishes. "His pace over five yards is something else." Noubaryan agreed. "Alas, we weren't able to bring him into play more often, or else we might have made it."
It came full circle, as Soon Soon next face another Birds conqueror in Marina Sailors; there was no victory for the Farmer Bunnies either, as FC Barca Singapore avenged their previous cup upset with a 1-0 result in the fourth round of the main cup. Vikas Alluri found the vital winner in the 56th minute, as he saw the slightest of gaps in the Buns' defensive setup.
It was cruel for Farmer Bunnies, who had found the woodwork twice before that. Ibrahim Zahran Al-Maashany
, making his first start for the team, smashed it off Zoltán Orsós' crossbar on a counter in the 36th, and the former Hungarian youth goalie was again beaten by Kwek Yun Jie
in the 51st. Sadly, Kwek's intuitive lob from Sofian Azfar
's blind pass would float inches wide, brushing the upright in the process.
was naturally questioned if the Buns might have fared better had Enzo Paolo Panzarino
started alongside Al-Maashany, instead of having the Saudi try to conjure magic by himself on the right. To this, the Bunnies boss replied that he would have done it all over again.
"Barca were too dominating in midfield, and we couldn't give them that much of the ball." he explained. "I thought we did well with Aswad Mohd Jafni
more-or-less marking Ralf Valtiner out of contention, but it was always going to be problematic, after they struck first."
Grilled International would advance in the H.I. Ruby Challenger Cup, with a 2-1 win over Division Five leaders Costa-Devils. Crisanto Cavallini cancelled Franciszek Jaźwiecki
's 17th minute goal almost before the scoreboard had a chance to update, and Romano Armellin
would hobble off with a thigh strain soon after. International would then suffer from a spate of comical finishing, and they would have to wait for the 18th minute of extra time, before young Sazwan bin Hj Muhd Salleh
bluffed his way inside to end it.