littlehorse 0 - 2 Grilled Birds
Cup (Round 2), Season 5703 December 2014 04:30 HTT
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littlehorseGrilled Birds
Chow Ying Lee (2)
Remco van der Ban (8)

Horsed Around
Swiftly Does It

The Birds accomplished their mission of getting to the third round within the first eight minutes against plucky Division Four leaders littlehorse, whose 33500-seater Pulau Ubin stadium was filled to capacity for the occasion. The hosts had begun making a name for themselves as a place for promising young defenders to congregate, and their trainee brigade did restrict Grilled to just two goals.
With Wong Tian Han complaining of a persistent niggle in the warm-up, Djan Bacelar made a last-minute decision to start Dan Seng in his stead. Elsewhere, it was also a take-no-chances lineup considering the occasion, with Mohd Safri bin Mohd Kassim and Chow Ying Lee gracing the strikeforce, and Tian Yonghang presumably out only due to suspension. Gene Filippone would test himself in central midfield, with Lee Lee Hao leading the side out.

Lee would win the toss against his Italian opposite number Giovanni Lenza, and the Birds would shatter the home supporters' hearts on their first foray. Having yet to concede this season, littlehorse's proud record was broken when Ling Fuquan cut a swathe down the right side, before crossing it in just as he got swarmed by eager defenders. Chow Ying Lee was looking out for it, and thumped it by Tong Ting Su almost nonchalently.

This was not quite what the fans were expecting, but they recovered their singing voice shortly. The littlehorse players were slower to acclimatize to Grilled's rather pacier game, though, and free spirit Remco van der Ban doubled the lead in the eighth minute, crashing a rather fortuitous long shot just beyond Tong's reach.

The floodgates never opened, however, as littlehorse circled the wagons with admirable discipline. Remco's following effort was well-parried by Tong, which developed into the hosts' maiden effort on target. Dan Seng saved from Romanian Onuţ Drogeanu, and within seconds Gene Filippone had put it into the side netting at the other end.
,br> littlehorse had certainly not given up on the fixture, and they sneaked a couple of fine counterattacks past the Grilled defence's noses. Sadly for them, Faisol Dahlan sent his first-half try slightly wide, while lanky Hong Kong import Pau Hangze went even closer three minutes after the restart, threatening to break the crossbar with his piledriver, with Dan Seng well beaten.

Grilled, whom had been unusually quiet after gathering their two-goal cushion, came back to life after sixty minutes. A flurry of sophisticated passes around the littlehorse penalty area forced homegrown Chau Kwang Kong into a rash tackle and a booking, after which Chow and Mohd Safri spurned decent chances to put the result beyond doubt.

Although Grilled had failed to extend their lead, the hosts were by this time largely spent, as exemplified by Cheng Changshan having to come off with cramps. Rashid bin Ahmad's rare 70th minute attempt was stopped by Tong, and there would be next to no action of note until Rashid went off for Qassem Madaini in the next to last minute.

    Farmers Cash In
    Serious Lee
    No Luck Of The Draw
    Horsed Around
    Hardly A Stroll
    No Tham Like The Present
    Gently Charbroiled
    Yonghang Apologetic
    Tommy Tanks Through
    In It To Win It
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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