30 January 2020
Sixthinos Stop Buns

None of the Grilled teams had it all their way in the second day of their tournaments, with the Birds first bouncing back against they yellow-clad Swiss Division Four side Magic Rheintal. A winner of the Coppa Bernina some eleven seasons back, Rheintal hadn't reached those heady heights in the years since. Grilled had a bad start, going behind on Rheintal's first serious attack before having a penalty clipped wide by Cyril Künzler, but they eventually swept to a 4-2 victory thanks to Heng Dong Chu coming alive with a late brace.

Grilled Birds would however drop points again in their next fixture, as they drew 3-3 against Russian IV.30 club Koloopayevka FC. Heng and Moey Xin Seng were again pre-eminent for the Birds, though it was Bhavya Panigrahi who saved their bacon with his 73rd minute lofted shot from outside the penalty area. Kalki Parvathaneni flubbed a possible winner there, but would finally find himself on the scoresheet in the Birds' 7-1 whipping of Brazilian fifth divisioners flusao next.

Farmer Bunnies put themselves amongst the frontrunners with a fourth consecutive win to begin the day, shutting Polish Division Six club KS Szolims down in a 6-0 affair, as Vishnu Tallapaka claimed two for himself. Their proud run would sadly be terminated by Mexican Division Three participants Los Sixthinos, who survived falling behind to an early Sofian Azfar counter, to level through Peter Mlynárik's assertiveness on a corner. Eládio Matias then put them ahead out of nowhere, and the Bunnies spurned several big chances to seize at least a point, throughout the second half.

Nurlan Ablaev did at least set the Buns back on track, by scoring both goals in an unassumingly-competitive 2-0 triumph over another Polish side, FC BlackBulls of V.190. The recent league champions gave up very little in a watertight 4-5-1, and it was not until the 56th minute, that Ablaev managed to turn Tham Leng Teck's hit-and-pray cross into the opener. This forced the BlackBulls out, and the Russian forward duly added a second, outpacing Andrzej Binkiewicz on a breakaway.

It was an especially difficult day for Grilled International, who suffered two defeats, the first of those to French Division Six side Suwon Bluewings FC. International suffered due to their inability to adapt against the defensive solidity of Abdelraliq Messar and company, and the creativity of Ghislain Blanchard at the other end, and lost 2-6. There would be another loss in the evening to Benin II.3 representatives FC Primee's 11, though that was closer, 2-3. Centreback Ojiofor Edjekpan was Primees' unlikely hero then, as he beat Querubim Santos Couto twice, through a degree of craft seldom seen in defenders.

Grilled International did at least get a huge win in between those failures, as they thrashed AS Bussin, also from the French Sixth Division, by seven goals to two. Ragib Banović had a hat-trick, and Fausto Perono two, as International's standard plan came off for once.

    Another Season In The Sun
    Leaving Brunei
    International Ascend
    High Fives Not Enough
    Sixthinos Stop Buns
    Stick Shift
    Bełżyce Belted
    Dicke Over
    Laughing To The Bank
    Gone To The Dogs
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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