Gombak Gummed Up
For all the at time comedic action on pitch, this Cup game wound up to be rather good-natured, and Moey Xin Seng
for one bore no grudges as he swapped shirts with fellow naughty Chow Puay Hui. "I made marking Ho my job, and it was done about well enough." Moey revealed. "It's not ideal, how we lost Dob's clean sheet for him, but it'll have to do."
The Birds will face Marina Sailors next, with their only previous encounter having ended three to the good for Marina. Two-time Challenger Cup winners littlehorse had been made to look amateurish by the Sailors today in a 1-4 defeat, which might provide some insight as to the task before Grilled Birds - not that Neeraj Muthyala
"I thought we might have done better with width today, perhaps we can set that right next Wednesday?"
High-flying Farmer Bunnies had little trouble against Jurong's Bukit Gombak in the Ruby Challenger Cup, and their toughest challenge was probably getting out in one piece, from how their opponents focused on the physical. Ibrahim Zahran Al-Maashany
had to stumble off with busted ribs late in the first half, after scoring on the counter, as Gombak finished the game with five yellows and a red.
Ibrahim's replacement Nurlan Ablaev
took over more than competently, recording a brace for himself. To Dalibor Kostadinović
, however, the 5-1 victory was scant recompense for his losing a key striker for up to a month, after X-ray scans informed of hairline fractures for Ibrahim.
"Khoo Kang Yun should have been sent off there and then, if you ask me." the Bunnies gaffer railed. "And how Riko Jänchen stayed on for an hour, I will never understand. That wasn't football out there, it was more like mixed martial arts!"
Grilled International's record cup run continued, as they prevailed against Icelandic side San Lustio International in the fourth round, the first time they had made it that far. San Lustio were further two divisions up, but International evinced no fear, and Fausto Perono
neither as he finished professionally in the tenth minute. Stefán Ólafur Ingólfsson hypnotized Vadym Gorozhankin
with a curler from distance four minutes later, but Safari bin Hj Jali
found the winner with a stylish half-volley, two minutes into the second-half restart.
With Tommy Dongelmans
' knee concern apparently not very serious, Roar Olaisen
had to count this as a complete triumph for his team. "That's seven straight wins, and I think we can make it eight."