Head coach Niculae Stanca
conceded that the defeat probably means that the Birds will repeat the preliminary round exits of their previous two entries. "We have got to be realistic. With Be Champions FC on seven points, and both Random Curiosity FC and Scallop Soccer Team on six, it'll be tough to outdo two of this three. We will still try, certainly."
Be Champions FC are well on course for a third title as they pasted Kampung United 4-1, likely eliminating them, with Oh Kian Lai scoring a double. Ho Seh Liao did their part in restraining Random Curiosity with a closely-fought 2-1 win, with the match appearing headed for a fair draw when Eugénio Soares sensationally rifled in a last-minute winner.
Dodogado have probably secured a semi-final berth with three wins out of three in the other group, their latest a 4-1 over Team of Semipro, with none of their opponents thus far able to find an answer to their soak-and-strike tactics. Fafane Club pulled level with BDSM FC thanks to the predatory instincts of Settimio Franceschini in a game of very few chances, while Tampines Phoenix F.C. collected three points from Golden Jaguars, who seem to have withdrawn.