star^strikers 4 - 5 Grilled Birds
League, Season 1906 July 2003 04:30 HTT
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star^strikersGrilled Birds
Zheng Mun (5)
Mo Guan-Hee (25)
Zheng Mun (35)
Zheng Mun (43)
Chen Chiew-Yen (26)
Zhan Ju-Hau (37)
Chen Chiew-Yen (48)
Chen Chiew-Yen (54)
Chen Chiew-Yen (56)

Season 19W3 - 1League

We're through!

Chen Chiew-Yen captured the league scoring title for himself while winning Grilled promotion to Division Two with four goals in a fairytale come from behind story.
The ultimate reward dangled over Grilled like a juicy carrot, but star^strikers were at home with the majority of the 30000-strong crowd behind them. Their adventurous 3-4-3 showed its effect early, as Zheng Mun had only to get past Lan Tuan-Mu as the rest of the defence was occupied. That he did, and bent a shot with his left foot with Bao-Tam caught in two minds.

Joe Stern tried his acceleration on Mexican rightback Carlos Miragaya, only to find the defender his equal. He resorted to jumping in from behind, which had the referee looking for a red but flashing a yellow.

star^strikers were unrelenting, and the Grilled defence buckled again as it collapsed to the sides to cover the strikers going wide. That left the centre open for winger Mo Guan-Hee to dribble in unattended. Bao-Tam tried to close the angle, but Guan-Hee went to his left and tapped the ball in.

To tell the truth, Grilled could have rolled over given that their lead was already unassailable, but that was not the spirit that won them the title; Chen gave notice as to just what the Birds were made of, as he tore through the opposition defence immediately after, and halved the deficit.

The home side once again pulled ahead as Zheng Mun ripped the ball past Bao-Tam from all of thirty metres, which again got a near-instant response through Zhan Ju-Hau, who surprised many with his technical ability, capped with a magnificent chip over Wing-ho.

star^strikers had the last word for the half, as Zheng Mun obtained his hat-trick with an unstoppable jolt of pace that took him past Tuan-Mu, two minutes from time. As he celebrated with three fingers up, it was difficult to see how Grilled could recover from that psychological blow, especially with Zhan booked in the build-up.

But reply they did, and Chen didn't even take too long about it, with the hosts' defenders reduced to distributing the blame after none of them picked his diagonal run up in the 48th minute. Six minutes on, it was Chen's turn to collect his second hat-trick of the season, coming after Ma Dai-Lin's fierce effort pinged off the crossbar.

The home team were by now reeling, and Chen put them to the sword with a calm finish just two minutes later, with all star^strikers being able to muster in response being a petulant foul by Shi-Hien.

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2016-08-01 00:37:41
anonymous: Thanks for the special mention :) I would just like to expre...
2015-08-17 18:50:02
anonymous: excellent read as always!- Yjorn
2015-06-13 03:08:41
anonymous: Rasha say
2014-12-14 16:56:39
gilbertlim: well, it seemed like that.
2014-12-12 18:26:33
anonymous: I didn't play a 4-5-2
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