With Saved United left to plot their next assault on the Cup, attention in the clubhouse quickly shifted to the draw, and there were gasps of delight when the name that came out of the hat was that of former S-League and Singapore Cup winners Chemistry, whom Grilled will face for the sixteenth time.
The fixture will have additional significance for Grilled mainstay Mohd Safri bin Mohd Kassim
, who got the first of his currently 107 career goals against Chemistry, back when both were competing in II.4. "I have always regretted not playing at The Acidic City, since my forms were not processed in time." he said. "There will be no such thing stopping me this time!"
While still a shadow of their former selves, Chemistry displayed a good balance in knocking International CAT F.C. out by two goals to one, with 37 year-old former national striker Mohd Syamsuri bin Razuwan netting in the second minute. "Syamsuri was one of the seniors I modelled myself after, it would be crazy to overlook him, even if he may be a bit past his peak." Mohd Safri added.
The highest-profile upset of the round was Division Four hopefuls Sengkang Mariners beating S-League side Chelsea Pioneers 3-2, for which their reward will be to host the legendary Isle of Flames. Rapala FC, SpartanSG and CharlesCheesePie all had to survive scares as they squeezed out narrow victories, but JUtd are out after being surprised by a H20 team packing midfield dynamite.