Eyes On The Prize
admitted that he would have approached the match the same way, if it had to be replayed. "What killed us was not watching out for their directness early on. Other than that, we stuck to our strategy correctly, but suffered to bad finishing. On another day, the score might be reversed in our favour."
In any case, Grilled's title hopes appear scuppered, with them being nine points behind both Singapore Big Dogs and Ramseille Volliard FC at the halfway point of the season. "The Emerald Challenger Cup is our priority now." Moey Xin Seng
As for the Farmer Bunnies, they might not have been able to maintain their terrific start to the S-League, but they maintained a very credible fourth place in the table on eleven points with their one-all draw against FC Barca Singapore - and are moreover ahead of Bot Team FC. Sarcastic Fringeheads lead, five points ahead, with their 5-1 slaying of KingofNoobs United, while Arrogancae are just one point behind them with a 6-0 thrashing of basement dwellers Random Curiosity FC.
That point was hard-earned, and much credit had to go to former Ghanaian youth international defender Richard Agyei
, for cancelling Barca's main threat Norbert Greimel out for most of the game. Despite that, it was all uphill after Aleksi Harmoinen's 21st minuter corner goal, and the Buns had to wait until the 49th minute, when referee Fredrick Forsyth - no relation to the best-selling author - awarded a controversial penalty for handball, after Mok Tze Seng went to ground to block. Vishnu Tallapaka
sent Roger Frick the wrong way, and Vivian Grubenmann
held out for the remainder of the half.
Veteran defender Morgan Hu
felt that the Bunnies' title dreams were not over yet. "As shown by Haha's away upset of Bot Team FC today, all the S-League clubs have a fighting chance in a one-off. We may be five points behind now, but honestly, there are four or five sides that can conceivably take it - and I count ourselves amongst them."
Grilled International for their part enjoyed a walkover against Argentine V.161 club Real Villa Urquiza, who were a no-show at Burung Memorial Stadium due to a fixture pile-up. Unfortunately, with Nice litle pingvin and Recife Sport losing against Rihanna FC and Olli Town respectively, the points still went the Argentines' way.