Grilled Birds 7 - 3 Be Champions FC
League, Season 7016 December 2018 04:30 HTT
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Grilled BirdsBe Champions FC
Vikram Mudaliar (15)
Chan Ze Han (24)
Kalki Parvathaneni (38)
Bilal Mohammad Harun (39)
Moey Xin Seng (40)
Kalki Parvathaneni (60)
Islom Davlatov (76)
Falke Hvid (14)
Falke Hvid (24)
Falke Hvid (50)

Season 68L2 - 3Cup
Season 59L7 - 1League
Season 59L5 - 1Cup
Season 59L2 - 7League
Season 58W1 - 2League

BCFC Felled
Fighter Falke

The Be Champions FC squad that arrived at The Cooking Pot was nowhere near its pomp, but despite being forced to start with just nine men as an administrative penalty, they retained enough of the old swagger to make a fine spectacle of it. Decorated former Danish international striker Falke Hvid, just turned 35, exemplified their past glories best, as he came up with a hat-trick despite adverse circumstances.
It was no overstatement to say that BCFC weren't what they once were, with most of their stars gone, as they relegated last season after ten straight campaigns as either S-League winners or runners-up. There was, of course, the historic Hattrick Masters title to take into account too. Other than Hvid, however, what they were left with was mostly a 40 year-old Arnold Pang, together with the equally-aged Leshchinskiy and Aydınel. Evidently, they had not played too much emphasis on renewal, and head coach Mirko Mirković was left holding the non-existent baby.

As the Brazilians might say, their jersey nonetheless carried an immense weight, and the Birds were made to pay for taking it lightly. Gilbert Webb was eight years Hvid's junior, but belatedly discovered in the 14th minute that the Dane's acceleration over ten yards hadn't faded much from when he was puncturing world-class defences. That was all it took to draw Massoud Dob out, and Hvid finished with practised ease into the corner, opening as he had in the Cup two seasons ago.

The Birds were at least quick to respond with Vikram Mudaliar being no slowpoke either at the other end, and Chan Ze Han grabbed the lead in the 24th, as he ran eagerly onto Florus Romijn's stop-start-pass down the left. Hvid got back on the goalscoring immediately, however, as Pang found him with a diagonal pass, for a combination that had shredded so many teams.

BCFC were chugging along in a way that no team with a two-man disadvantage had a right to, and it was not until the end of the half approached, that Grilled finally managed to parlay their numerical superiority into concrete returns. It was Kalki Parvathaneni who made the announcement, as he relied on a delightful first touch to take Aydınel out of the equation, before just about clipping it past Walter Pinilla with his second.

A flurry of attacks saw Bilal Mohammad Harun and Moey Xin Seng put Grilled 5-2 up by the break, but if they thought they were in the clear, Hvid had other ideas. The rest did BCFC's outnumbered players a world of good, and they put together an astonishingly slick sequence of passes in the 50th, to set Hvid up with a hanging ball. Hoàng and Webb both tried to get to it, but Hvid had claimed the ideal position, and his header would crash off the far post and in.

This was about as lethal a demonstration of pure striking as The Cooking Pot had witnessed for years, and large sections of the home support could do nothing but applaud Hvid - which was also easier to do when one remained two goals ahead, mind. The clapping came far more naturally when it was Kalki doing to scoring, of course, as it was when he redirected a Cyril Künzler cross over a leaping Pinilla on the hour.

BCFC had made defending their priority now, and Pang would draw on his experience to cut Moey's attempted assist for Chan out, from a 66th minute free-kick routine. The game was always going against them, however, for all of Gleb Potapov's efforts at maintaining shape. Islom Davlatov would barge through in the 76th, to make it seven for the Birds.

Hovaness Noubaryan seemed to think this good enough, as he signalled for the Birds to enter a holding pattern, also likely due to Kalki picking up an unnecessary booking. By the time Tian Yonghang, Yuki Irie and Yee Jian Hui were sent on, the visitors had more or less accepted the inevitable too.

    Jamil For Gossip
    Bagode By Two
    Qualified To Spare
    BCFC Felled
    Caught By Ambush
    The Lion Wants Didi
    Wings Ten And Done
    Gone Missing
    Jamaican Joust
    Khatib Heads North
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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