Grilled Birds 3 - 6 Mia San Toa Payoh
Cup (Round of 32), Season 7110 April 2019 04:30 HTT
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Grilled 3 - 6 Payoh

A scorching day at Olympic Lyons Park, where 86888 spectators were in place for today's match. James Nightingale was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Mduduzi Kgoloko and Moritz Grodecki. The weather was sunny, which meant perfect conditions for technical players in both teams. However, it was also quite warm, which meant quick or physically strong players were drained faster and couldn't play their best game. The match took place on neutral ground. Lineup: Dob - Webb, 中北 (Nakakita) - Künzler, Xin Lee, Mohammad Harun, Egan, Romijn - Mudaliar, Ze Han, Xin Seng.

Starters: Stanoiev - Odziemczyk, Prutky, Morgado, Sklyankin - Usik, Cukierski, 修賢 (Xiuxian), McCandless - Lim, Tong Leong.

Grilled Birds entered the field in a 2-5-3 formation. The visitors, Mia San Toa Payoh, chose to start the game with a 4-4-2 lineup. Grilled clearly preferred using their divine (+3) ability to attack in the middle. Payoh clearly had decided to counter-attack when they could, taking advantage of their extra-terrestrial level with that tactic. Henning Prutky will not be marking Islom Davlatov, who is missing from the starting lineup. This may hamper his performance. With 8 minutes played, seemingly due to lack of experience, Gilbert Webb needlessly tripped an opponent just outside the penalty area, but the free kick that followed didn't succeed. Tan Tong Leong finished off the counterattack of Payoh from the left rather easily, making the score 0 - 1. Some fine movement on the left led to a Payoh goal after 18 minutes, making it 0 - 2. Dick McCandless was noted down as the scorer. Grilled had a good opportunity to attack on the wing, but remembered their instructions to go for middle attacks. Grilled refused to be intimidated and, breaking through the middle, Chan Ze Han managed to slip the ball home for 1 - 2. Bilal Mohammad Harun showed the skills that make him a real crowd pleaser as he, after 38 minutes, wove through the guests' entire central defence and put the 2 - 2 equaliser away. Halftime score was 2 - 2. Possession in this half belonged to Grilled, who controlled the ball 62 percent of the time.

After 46 minutes, the Grilled coach wanted to see a new face on the pitch, waving Moey Xin Seng off the field. Kalki Parvathaneni took his place. It was obvious that team Grilled had instructions to attack in the middle instead of on the wings. Kalki Parvathaneni caused the crowd to go mental with his goal up the middle after 49 minutes. This gave Grilled the 3 - 2 lead. The referee was not popular with the home supporters after he awarded Payoh a controversial penalty after 54 minutes. Henning Prutky made no mistake, levelling the score at 3 - 3. Grilled were determined to attack in the middle, even their wing attacks ended up centrally. Grilled's Cyril Künzler tried to break through in the middle repeatedly, but couldn't get past the visitors' defenders. Payoh's 馬 (Ma) 修賢 (Xiuxian) gave the visitors a 3 - 4 lead after 77 minutes with a superb strike from the right. The bench was restless, and with 80 minutes passed Grilled's coach gave Neeraj Muthyala the opportunity the player had been hoping for. Chu Xin Lee reluctantly left the field. Payoh's counterattacks were lethal to the opposing defence, allowing Oleg Usik to score easily from the right flank for 3 - 5. The referee announced 2 minutes of stoppage time, giving fans a slim hope that their team could get one more attack in before this was all over. The home side worked hard to get through the middle and as a result, had a good chance of getting one back as Bilal Mohammad Harun tried lifting the ball over keeper Gheorghe-Daniel Stanoiev. Unfortunately, the ball went just over the bar. Franciszek Odziemczyk knocked one home from a counterattack down the right wing, making the score 3 - 6 after 90 minutes. It emerged that Bernie Egan had hurt his right foot after 91 minutes, which led him to abandon the game. Islom Davlatov had already been warming up, and came on for Bernie Egan. The match ends 3 - 6. Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Grilled, with 62 percent of the ball.

Most important Grilled player was Chan Ze Han. However, Gilbert Webb made a disastrous appearance. Jerry Lim performed admirably for Payoh. Gheorghe-Daniel Stanoiev turned in a dismal performance, however.

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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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