Nurlan Onto It
Noubaryan was heartened by Grilled's response to the Mia San drubbing. "That was some sharp football out there. Ropelearner are a complicated team to play, as their exceptional record suggests, with only us and Phantasm Hotspurs having beaten them for months. It could easily have been a draw, but Bernie Egan
's energy did it for us."
Grilled will now face Robbie Football Club twice in four days, with the upcoming league clash at The Cooking Pot followed by a Sapphire Challenger Cup fixture at Olympic Lyons Park.
The Farmer Bunnies for their part swept former Singapore Cup winners FC Barca Singapore four-nil. With Ibrahim Zahran Al-Maashany
injured, Nurlan Ablaev
again played lone wing attack, and the efficacy of this system was vindicated by a solid brace. He would score the first goal in the 41st minute, and any remaining resistance was whittled down by successive raids around the hour mark. Mihajlo Grbić could have had a consolation from the spot after 71 minutes, but he put it well wide.
, who claimed the Buns' second, was understandably upbeat about their chances in the competition. "Bring on Hotspurs!"
Over in Luxembourg, Grilled International bested fourth division hosts Gang Słodziaków 8-2, in a friendly mostly devoid of defensive conviction. Abdul Hamid bin Hj Ali Timbang
started the rout in the third minute with a sweeping run from the right, and would have completed it in the 85th minute with his hat-trick goal - had Subhi bin Hj Ahmad
not blasted one more in after that.
Abdul Hamid's feat was thoroughly enjoyed by International fan Shuib Ahmad, who had made the long trip to Europe to cheer the team on. "He's fast becoming my favourite player. No hype about him, just goes and does his job every time!"