The Birds' dominating victory gladdened Eren Serpin
to no end, as he regarded it as the ideal tune-up before travelling to Sarcastic Fringeheads. "That must be the hardest fixture on any local club's itinerary, bar themselves." Serpin commented. "We could use every bit of boost we can get, and we certainly got it. Ah Beng FC were excellently organized, in fact, but we were just better today."
's strike also had him leading the Singapore Cup Golden Boot chart with nine goals, the same as Benfleet Branch 2's Romanian hitman Daniel Neamţiu, after he had a hat-trick in their 4-0 upset of II.2 club Crypto Moon. FC Tobi 74's Spanish veteran David Marcet is also on nine with his 64th minute wonderstrike, but that will be the extent of his count for this edition, after Tobi was knocked out by Arcturules.
Serpin backed Egan to gain the accolade, a feat that has been only achieved once by a Grilled player, the redoubtable Hall of Famer Maikel Rotteveel in Season 40, with 19 goals. "What's good for Bernie is good for the team, the way I see it." Serpin chuckled. "They're every bit natural scorers here."
Farmer Bunnies would have to huff and puff a lot more, as they were taken to extra time by Woodlands III.12 leaders, WNBN Architecture. The Cazeux took the lead through Coen Maris' exquisitely-placed 37th minute riser, and it took all of Mushtag Al-Nameeri
's wiles, to earn a penalty for Vishnu Tallapaka
to convert in the 57th minute. Richard Agyei
had to be replaced after entering as a second-half sub for Namdar Zarar
, and Dalibor Kostadinović
's decision to use his last substitution for Ibrahim Zahran Al-Maashany
in place of a poor Nurlan Ablaev
was thus a ballsy one.
It seemed to pan out, with Al-Maashany setting Kwek Yun Jie
up for what seemed a likely winner with six minutes remaining, but WNBN had a supersub saviour of them own, in the form of German forward Udo Hohenbrunn. Hohenbrunn's solid header forced the Buns to play on, and it took an Al-Nameeri solo down the right wing, to secure advancement.
Kostadinović looked on the bright side, lauding a steady if not spectacular debut from Aitykul Zaripbekov
, before confiming that Agyei's ankle concern was mild. "We just didn't want him to take additional risk on that." the head coach said. "The team went out there today, and did a job."
And faraway in Berlin, Grilled International thrashed Mean Penguines 5-0 on their own ground in the H.I. Sapphire Challenger Cup, with Safari bin Hj Jali
and Tibor Atzenhain
recording two each. This ended a run of three straight losses, and as Wang Hanxuan
acknowledged afterwards, they needed that.