Grilled were at least not unaccompanied in their exit, as only Rapala FC and CharlesCheesePie remain of II.2's Cup challenge. Weekend opponents newbies are newbies crashed out to Ropelearner FC by three goals to six, as Ropelearner's Brazilian striker Jorge Alfredo Paes Filho had a field day. Other than it being a second straight loss, however, newbies have no remaining concerns.
SpartanSG's tendency to come up just short continued as they fell to Kampung United, but nearly managed to come back from three down. TTTNW went even closer, but were knocked out in the second minute of extra time by UNITED SKANKS's Giani Negreanu at a full-house Stadium of Unity.
Mohd Safri would not mince his words. "We didn't score enough, so we didn't deserve to win. I had hoped that this would be a stepping stone to something magical, since we lifted the big one the other time we faced Chemistry in this competition. Good luck to them!"
Head coach Niculae Stanca
was roundly criticized for not reinforcing Grilled's goalkeeping stable, as both Hovaness Noubaryan
and Dan Seng
have been found badly wanting against opposition of quality, but the Romanian shrugged it off.
"I have a budget, and I have priorities." Stanca sniffed. "It's not as if we have millions lying about, waiting for the next Dexter Stacey or Valdir Dias Paes. I understand where these fans are coming from, and if they can find the club a sugar daddy billionaire, I would be more than happy to indulge them."