Many of Grilled's players would have the Vampires' natty red-and-black-halved shirts slung over their shoulder after the match, a result of exchanges, made all the easier by the fact that this remained an extra-curricular activity for both teams. "Can't get hard feelings when there's not much at stake, and no injuries." Kalki Parvathaneni
, who opened the scoring, said. "Of course, we'd still prefer to win."
The other Jordanian II.1 sides were no match for their S-League counterparts either, with P_A_M putting up an admirable struggle against current leaders Sarcastic Fringeheads, before falling 3-5 to a David Koppensteiner brace. Aqaba Seafoals had a bad day at the office, as they were thunderstruck by The EV's shock-and-awe rampages; only Shakir Swais's 75th minute reducer, from Hossam El-Qasem's improvisation, allowed them a consolation in their 1-4 defeat.
Farmer Bunnies' poor history in this tournament got a lift, as they cleared Cyprus A Katigoria club Magic Space Monkeys Kalopanagiotis, with a 3-2 win. Vishnu Tallapaka
put the Buns ahead from open play as he worked the left wing industriously, which Giannis Rigas cancelled some five minutes later with a smart chip. Rigas would strike again in the 80th minute, but Farmer Bunnies rode it out, on earlier goals by Sofian Azfar
and Mushtag Al-Nameeri
Sadly, theirs would be the only victory for Singapore's II.1, as all four other participants lost to their A Katigoria counterparts, and by a three-goal margin at a minimum. "Well, this makes a change." Aswad Mohd Jafni
It was a terrible day in the league for Grilled International as well, as they were whitewashed 0-5 by Faroese new league leaders FC Gränsö at the Lillön. The hosts' Spanish Number Nine Valentin Iturbizkar was completely unplayable, and completed a hat-trick by the time he was withdrawn for a knee niggle after 57 minutes. International's only attempt of note was when FC Gränsö were already three up, as Ragib Banović
wound up for a slammer, that flashed inches wide of the left upright.
This was a very hard pill to swallow for many of the International players, especially the midfielders, as they realized the gap between themselves and superstars such as FC Gränsö skipper and former Faroese youth international Hans Birgir Lützen. "I have to say, they were the better team out there." International hopeful Chua Jun Long
- who had been made to look pretty ordinary - confessed. "We can only hope to do better."