Mauled By Tigers
Academy graduate Toma Tamiya
, who had just turned twenty today, would be mobbed by his fellows after shoving the ball in from a free-kick in injury time, and he would admit that he could have dreamt of nothing better to kickstart his senior career. "Everybody wonders when their first real goal would come, and now I know!"
, who fulfilled his leadership duties quite personally as acting skipper for the day, observed that the team looked well-oiled to him. "There were some tricky moments early on, but otherwise the service was excellent. The coach has emphasized the need for maintaining two lineups that are able to independently compete, and it looks like we're not far from that ideal."
Farmer Bunnies might have taken a small stumble in the V for Victory Cup, as they dropped points against second-placed FC Polonia-Neutrina Bydgoszcz in a tough 2-2 draw despite Zygfryd Jęczmyk getting sent off in the 21st minute. Mushtag Al-Nameeri
would retain his hunger for goals as he kickstarted the scoring against Amicitia Maritimo United too, and subsequent braces from Ibrahim Zahran Al-Maashany
and Billy Camperio
secured a comfortable Buns victory.
Injuries would again be their bane, sadly, with Tham Leng Teck
having to go off after twisting his right knee in the 77th minute, followed by a bruised groin for Lim Su Liang
ten minutes later. If it was of any consolation, both were found to be non-serious, and the hosts were not entirely spared either with Cheong Teck Min straining his back in added time.
It was yet another terrible day for Grilled International, however, as they were humbled 1-7 by Turkish forward Sezin Güven and comrades, on their own ground. Malaysia's Royal Blu Tigers wanted it far, far more than International, who barely even deserved their consolation goal through Abdul Hamid bin Hj Ali Timbang
. Head coach Roar Olaisen
had no comment following this later disaster, and it remains to be seen if he will see out the season.