Grilled Birds 2 - 6 Taiwan Celtic
International Friendly (Cup Rules), Season 5117 April 2013 04:30 HTT
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Grilled Birds
Taiwan Celtic
lu Zunwen (7)
Leong Wan Kang (77)
Kai Magleby (34)
Carmelo Fedencrini (35)
Dario Giangreco (53)
Xia Guanyuan (65)
Aldo Tondello (76)
Carmelo Fedencrini (85)

Celtic Conquer
Carmelo Cruises

Taiwanese visitors Taiwan Celtic drew some 4300 to The Cooking Pot, and went on to knock six past Grilled despite only holding about 45% possession. There could hardly be a more damning indictment of the state of the Birds' defence, even if Rashid bin Ahmad was the only regular there.
The Celtics are currently leading their Division Two league, with good reason as Greek star turn Minas Askitis has blossomed in midfield, and English goalkeeper Barnaby Wadsworth keeping three clean sheets in their last five fixtures. While they were not on the plane to Singapore, Italian midfielder Dario Giangreco was eager to impress, and versatile captain Steffen Bröcking, who can play anywhere on the wing, started on the right for them.

Grilled stuck with their lineup for last week, with instructions to close down as far as possible. It started out well, as lu Zunwen bounced back from his less-than-convincing outing on Monday to blast in the opener, with Tian Yonghang feathering it through the middle.

It nearly got better as Grilled eagerly got the ball upfield, and Leong Wan Kang bullied 36 year-old Kai Magleby with sheer energy to swing a tantalising cross in at Mohd Safri bin Mohd Kassim. However, the loyal Xia Guanyuan had seen what was happening and bravely threw himself across the forward to throw him off.

Kai would get his turn, as he broke forward in tandem with Bröcking, and got the equaliser on a looping header over Hovaness Noubaryan. The very next minute, Carmelo Fedencrini would give Celtics the lead, as he teased Colby Awyong, enticing him to commit to a tackle, before blowing past and shooting fearlessly.

It was not that Grilled didn't have their chances, as they set-up the odd brilliant passing move, but Colby Awyong would put it over then. Tian was no better, as a similar opportunity seconds later was sprayed embarassingly wide. This sudden malady affected Celtic's Roberto Orrù too, as he inexplicably skied his effort when bearing down on goal with nobody within yards.

Ling Fuquan came in for the second half, but was nowhere to be found when Onur Can Uzgör's corner kick dropped in towards Giangreco, who was ignored despite being an obvious threat. The Italian happily made the most of the lax marking, whirling his head about to launch it in off the foot of the post.

Grilled were quite clueless at defending set-pieces, as it happened, and their defenders naively all converged on Fedencrini when a free-kick was floated in after 65 minutes. That was an open invitation for him to knock it down for Xia, who gleefully stabbed it in.

Fedencrini was a right handful, and his bullishness extended to a quite feckless tackle on Rashid that was fortunate not to have broken something. Referee David Klietsch was quick with the card, but the restart saw Hilal Bakhtiar play a badly-advised crossfield pass that was picked off and finished by Aldo Tondello.

Leong Wan Kang did at least get another for Grilled as his innate eye for goal allowed him to get the ball off at the right time in the 77th minute, but Fedencrini was not done either, and got his second off Giangreco's intelligent through pass. Tondello was booked too, before Pompeo Bellamoli and Gleb Dorogan came on for a few minutes.

    Return Of The King
    All We Could
    Out Of Our Hands
    Celtic Conquer
    Almost Given Up
    Birds Killed This Time
    Taking A Break
    Manik Bares Fangs
    Spartans In Disarray
    That Went Well
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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