was less than amused as Joker 9 drew away into the distance in the second half, but he understood that Grilled were not in the best of conditions. "Playing away at a full-strength Jokers was never going to be a gimme. I could see what the players were trying to do, but they simply didn't have enough gas towards the end."
The loss leaves Grilled Birds six points adrift of co-leaders Ramseille Volliard FC and Singapore Big Dogs, both of whom picked up away wins today. Noubaryan acknowledged that Ramseille would be a tough nut to crack. "They're very similar to the Bunnies in how they operate. The forwards will have to be extra focused, because there won't be many clear looks."
The Birds might, then, take some tips from Arrogancae, after their longtime rivals dealt with the Buns by five goals to three at Carrot Field. It all seemed to be going the Buns' way, as Morgan Hu
and Sofian Azfar
put them 2-0 up by the 35th minute from prompt counterattacks, but the sheer volume of the visitors' attacks eventually overwhelmed them. Powered by fullback Witold Bujak, Arrogancae would be level by the 47th minute, and like Joker 9 came into their own late on.
Centreback Aswad Mohd Jafni
was of the opinion that Arrogancae were a wrecking ball once fully committed. "I don't think we played badly; they were just suffocating. Namdar Zarar
provided great support while he was on, but the way he had to cover so much ground, it was never going to last the full ninety."
With this, Arrogancae leapt into second place, just behind the Fringeheads, who displaced FC Barca Singapore through Salman Al-Qasem's fourth minute winner. Bot Team FC were upset 3-2 by a resurgent KingofNoobs United, demonstrating the quality of the S-League, while Random Curiosity FC are still searching for their first win, as they were edged by Ng Yun Shi's strike on the break for Haha.
Grilled International broke the mold with a Division Battle win over Austria's Hohe Warte Supporter, with Ragib Banović
being for once the naughty striker, as he got sent off in the 56th minute for instigating a shoving match following Safari bin Hj Jali
's goal celebrations. Then again, he had already scored twice, so the fans wouldn't have much to grumble about on that end.