Perfect On The Break
Three shots on target had yielded three goals for Bot Team FC, a feat that Hovaness Noubaryan
could not help but acknowledge in the post-game press conference. "You've got to hand it to them - they had their tactics spot-on today. That's what makes champions."
Noubaryan could not resist some defiance after that. "But it might not have worked against us from last season, I have got to add. Our confidence hoodoo has been killing us, more than any opposition. Heng Dong Chu
may have been quiet, but he's also showing some good signs, and I think we'll come good when his presence shows."
The remaining fixtures changed little in the bigger picture, as Arrogancae followed up on their Challenger Cup exploits with the same 3-0 wipe of Mia San Toa Payoh. Defending titleholders Sarcastic Fringeheads lost more ground, though, falling 1-2 to a ten-man Haha. United Legends FC continued climbing with a win away at KingofNoobs United, though they are probably too far behind to make a real run for it.
Farmer Bunnies recovered from their disappointment to hammer Club Dinosauria 3-0, and Argentine midfielder Llamil Vener
contributed a rare goal - his first since Batavia Cavaliers at the start of the previous season - after coming on for a stricken Jon Benson
in the 26th minute. Club Dinosauria's roughhousing only intensified, and winger Fokko Schlattmeier would be sent off for a second yellow with about ten minutes to go.
JUtd remained three points adrift with a solid 5-0 thrashing of the Chillies, but the Buns did at least make up ground on Ambush F.C., who were held to a one-all draw by The EV. Tham Leng Teck
was all for keeping up the pace. "What happened midweek was gutwrenching, but we cannot afford to stay there. Our destiny remains in our own hands, and that's how I would like to keep it."
No problems for Grilled International either, as they whitewashed in-administration Uusimaa FC 9-0, with Ragib Banović
bagging four to throw his hat in for the Golden Boot too. Roar Olaisen
professed confidence that the club could hold their four-point advantage to the end, what with their traditional rivals fading. "It's ours to lose now."