Grilled Birds 1 - 1 Casilium United
League, Season 1621 July 2002 04:30 HTT
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Grilled BirdsCasilium United
Kau Siu-Cheung (28)
Jue Nhat-Phi (74)

Shaky Start
Hard-Earned Draw In Opening Match

Grilled Birds' inaugural match against Casilium United would have been a sham if not for some desperate improvisation by coach Qi Haupai. Unable to receive orders in time from the manager, Qi fell back on a proven 4-4-2 formation with midfielder Ma Dai-Lin playing out of position at the front and striker Chen Chiew-Yen surprisingly not even on the bench.
Winger Gao Seng-kar being deployed as the reserve keeper was strong testimony to how ramshackle the entire squad was, with the majority of the players having just trained together for the first time. "I can't shoot for peanuts.", Mo Hiu-Lam admitted. "Usually I play attacking winger, but it isn't bad that I got to start for the first time in months. I thought they brought me in for my leadership qualities."

Despite this inauspicious beginning, Grilled had the better of the chances in the early part of the match though the players' understanding was far from telepathic and the soccer was often difficult to watch. Ma Dai-Lin, the $700000-odd star of the team, was impressive only in spurts, despite his chronically poor finishing. He did however contribute to the first goal in Grilled Birds' history as he bent a corner in for heading specialist Kau Siu-Cheung to finish off.

From then on, it was mostly one-way traffic though chances were few and far between. Casilium scored on perhaps their only half-chance as Jue Nhat-Phi's cannonball from far outside the penalty area took Cheung Huel-sheng totally by surprise. The home fans returned home slightly disappointed since Grilled Birds had deserved more than a draw. A pall was cast over the result as Zhi Aric aggravated his knee injury, which will see him out of action for some weeks.

    All Even Again
    Ong Tan Rises To The Fore
    The Three Keepers
    Magunsson And Hobson Arrive
    The Big Signing
    Worrying Showing
    I Told You So
    Aric Woe
    Shaky Start
    Haupai Wants Players
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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