Bunnies Take Tea
The owners of BEDOK 138 FC were cordial as they reached out immediately after the final whistle, despite the oversized margin, and Noubaryan foresaw a bright future for them. "I haven't seen many clubs go on such an incredible run immediately after their founding, so they must be doing a lot right. Give them a few more years, and we'll have to take them extra seriously."
Grilled were designated as heavy favourites after they were drawn against III.11 side MCFCSS FC in the semifinals, with Arcturules and JUtd duking it out in the other fixture. Noubaryan agreed that their 4-0 win over The EV was perhaps less telling than the scoreline suggested, with their City opponents electing to put out a weakened team. "There's no reason why we shouldn't reach the finals, simply put."
Farmer Bunnies would have to work somewhat harder to advance in the Ruby Challenger Cup, as they stopped CoCoTeaTree Islanders's bid for a third trophy in this competition, 3-1. The Buns raised some eyebrows as they went for a 3-5-2 with both Billy Camperio
and Christophe Fouche
starting, but Kostadinović's tactics bore fruit with exciting first-half strikes from Vishnu Tallapaka
and Brendan Leung
The Islanders guided the game back to their own strengths after the break, and Félix Duich came within inches of flighting a free-kick past Vivian Grubenmann
in the 61st minute. Fabian Lindmair would eventually reduce from a corner as their pressure paid off, but Nurlan Ablaev
replied immediately, and Duich's weak effort from a penalty being blocked ruined their morale.
There will be no easy path to the finals for Farmer Bunnies, as they were matched with S-League rivals Arrogancae next; to Lau Chang Wan
, though, it was all the same to him. "We've got to deal with them sooner or later, the way it's shaping up to be - if so, I'd rather sooner than later."
Grilled International's own cup fairytale would at last be ended by top division club FC Kokaviidika, with Belarus veteran Dmitriy Krauzov's unexpected brace on the counter scuppering International's modest chances. Safari bin Hj Jali
would have a cracking consolation right after half-time, as he got the better of Emil Lilleeng from way outside, but they would lose 1-4 nevertheless.
None of the players would regret anything of the deep run. "This is like four rounds deeper than anybody expected." skipper Didi Reidenbach
commented. "We've done all we could, every one of us."