Rhinos Out Of Style
had quite obviously been taking copious notes during the game, and he started the post-match interview by talking up Lucio Rigolli. "That lad, the one with 16 on his shirt, he was the fulcrum for Tintarol. Had the rest been on the same wavelength, the match could have been much closer."
Talk soon drifted to Grilled's winner-take-all battle against Batok Earthquakes the coming Sunday, and Noubaryan was willing to reveal that he badly wanted team captain Moey Xin Seng
in the mix. "It's not been the same without him, but not even his place is guaranteed. A Moey at sixty, seventy percent won't start for us, and he knows it too."
Farmer Bunnies would dodge the Hluhluwe Rhinos, as their South African second division visitors came up short in a 3-4 loss at Carrot Field. The friendly was something of a comedy series early on, with Stanislav Roub's 12th minute own goal from an attempted clearance immediately followed by Hasmawi Alawee Ramli
's mind-boggling backpass into his own net.
That hilarious swopping of gifts done with, the quality of the remainder of the match actually wasn't half bad. Daniel Nguyen
continued doing his job with a business-like brace, only for Gergő Huszár to answer in kind, as the Buns support savaged referee Berald Puma for awarding two marginal penalties. It was all right in the end, as Miran Raulj
bounced right back from his calf injury, to pop up with the decisive winner.
Grilled International aimed high as they challenged last season's Thai Cup winners Gungnam Style at their Oppa Stadium, and their ambition was vindicated with a scrappy one-all draw. They fought for every inch of grass in an exasperating opening half for the hosts, before sensationally taking the lead in the 50th minute. Hesky Atmanegara
's corner was dropped by Simeon Koyen after a freak collision with a teammate, and Hardi bin Besar
swept it home.
Homegrown talent Liang Zixuan would set things right for Gungnam within two minutes, and Vlad Lupaşcu nearly put them ahead straight after that, but International somehow hung on to the bitter end. Tommy Dongelmans
was definitely impressed. "We've come a long way, to be able to pull this off!"