Scallop Soccer Team 5 - 2 Grilled Birds
League, Season 5506 July 2014 04:30 HTT
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Scallop Soccer TeamGrilled Birds
Moris Silvestri (55)
Moris Silvestri (59)
Weng Rusong (67)
Kjetil Asbjørnsen (72)
Lee Ze Shi (75)
Wong Ping Shun (29)
Tian Yonghang (66)

Season 55D2 - 2League
Season 51W6 - 4Tournament (Group Phase)
Season 51L4 - 1Tournament (Group Phase)
Season 50L0 - 6Tournament (Group Phase)

Scalped Again
Silvestri Seals Fate

Grilled's long-held aspirations were again reduced to tatters, as Scallop Soccer Team whipped out one of their best home performances of the season to climb atop the Birds. The absence of Zhao Jing Wei due to injury might be in retrospect be considered instrumental in Grilled's loss of coherence, but most of it was probably down to the hosts simply being top drawer in all departments.
Furthermore, Scallop were not all that far behind, and their morale was at a high after a rocking 3-2 away win against All Stars Team last weekend. Skipper Tarcisio Fulcini was a very picture of intensity as he led his blue-clad team out, and he exchanged a telling handshake with opposite number Tian Yonghang before calling the toss correctly.

Without Zhao, Djan Bacelar placed his faith in French backup Clément Meyer, who deferred to Zhu Changchun as the pivot. Up against Scallop's storied wing attacks, Bacelar opted to go against them head-on as both Wong Ping Shun and Low Aik Jia started, following the old chestnut that attack was the best form of defence.

It certainly panned out that way for most of the first half, as the hosts were wary of venturing too far upfield, lest they be consumed by the Birds' counter-raids. Such was their defensive organization that Woon Shun An's miss in the 23rd was the first effort by either team, though.

Scallop's fears were realised soon enough, after Antoine Clinch was herded off by Ling Fuquan and had his pass to Naicker picked off. Zhu ran with it at a furious clip, and after a fortunate bounce, it ran loose to Wong Ping Shun. The right winger would not be dissuaded by Lee Ze Shi's shoulder barge, and found the net with a screamer.

Tian was first to congratulate the goalscorer, if slightly inappropriately right in front of the home fans, who took an instant dislike to the Grilled captain. This was only intensified when Tian scythed Naicker down without apology in the 34th minute, which led to a fully deserved yellow from Brendan Tubbs.

Still, Grilled were in the driving seat, but this changed after the break, as their non-stop running began to wear. Scallop contributed with some intelligent keep-ball, and they drew level in the 55th minute through Moris Silvestri, who ignored Ling's hopeful offside claims to slip it beyond Wong Tian Han.

Silvestri was again bang on target four minutes later, as the lack of proper covering really told. Gene Filippone was on a completely different wavelength from Low Aik Jia as he sought to play it to the latter, only to discover that Low had moved far further than he expected. Silvestri didn't need asking again to sweep in, and accelerated by for his second of the day.

Bacelar was unimpressed with the miscommunication, but as mollified when Grilled recovered parity through Tian. The negativity from the crowd didn't affect the 29 year-old in the slightest, as he nipped just ahead of Clinch to force a header home from Wong's searching cross.

Tian certainly enjoyed that one, but he had barely had time to wind down his celebrations, when it was nullified at the other end. Grilled appeared unsure on how to defend as the Scallop attackers ran forward as a unit, and after some excellent interplay, Weng Rusong was able to slip it by Wong Tian Han.

This was all too much for the tired Grilled players to take, and they soon fell further behind to an uncatchable run from Virgil Raita, who made Grilled's back two look like slowpokes before unselfishly passing it on to Kjetil Asbjørnsen to finish. A slightly questionable penalty, converted by Lee Ze Shi, then destroyed the Birds hopes of a comeback, and thereby their season, completely.

    Not Over Yet
    Chorro Come Close
    Rebel Extends Stay
    Scalped Again
    Bacelar Concedes
    Peor Protection
    Good Exercise
    Decked In The Head
    Just One Step
    Relatively Black
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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