Mia San Rediscovered
Grilled head coach Hovaness Noubaryan
could afford to laugh off the result, but he turned serious quickly as he recounted Islom Davlatov
's condition. "The doctor tells me it's bad - the only consolation is that it could have been much worse. Islom's spine got out of alignment then, and we're looking at maybe a month out. We're definitely not going to hurry an injury like this."
As for the last-gasp penalty, Noubaryan was of the opinion that it was unwarranted. "Be honest, when was the last time you saw something like that given? But it's alright, we're here to make friends."
Meanwhile, the local footballing authorites were relieved of a possible rules headache, after Mia San Toa Payoh avenged their Emerald Challenger Cup defeat, by shutting the Farmer Bunnies out in their qualifier. National superstar Jerry Lim curled a beauty of a strike into the top corner in the seventh minute, and the Buns couldn't muster a response. Vishnu Tallapaka
's 49th minute free-kick was as close as it came for them, and that take spun some yards wide.
Kwek Yun Jie
admitted that the fact that they could not have promoted, even had they won, made the outcome easier to accept. "It was always going to be a tricky fixture. Toa Payoh adapted well to a 4-4-2, and even then, it was a touch and go affair. Rest assured, we're not about to be discouraged by small setbacks."
It was a comedy of botched scheduling for Grilled International in Bahrain, as they wound up unable to be able to settle on an acceptable timing with Division Three hosts Dalis WS Stars. In the end, they would play a side composed of Stars amateurs and rugby affiliates, and ran out easy 7-1 winners, with Wang Chu Chi
enjoying a hat-trick.