With today's victory, Grilled Birds found themselves back in the semifinals of a Challenger Cup that they had won twice before, and club captain Moey Xin Seng
saw no reason why they couldn't do it a third time - all the more as it would complete his collection of domestic trophies. "The press says we're the favourites, and I suppose we are."
The Birds' first obstacle will be Geylang's Kang Kong, whom were perhaps slightly fortunate to upset Phantasm Hotspurs 2-1. The clubs' only prior meeting came in a friendly nine seasons past, and saw Grilled prevail 4-1, with Moey and several other current starters involved. If all goes well, Grilled will then take on the winners of the other semis between Ah Beng FC and Marina Sailors.
Moey would sign off by paying tribute to the Phoenixes' Wong Hock Kuan, who reportedly is staring at an unscheduled retirement, after today's bad foot injury. "I mostly know of him only by his reputation, but it's always sad when careers end this way. I don't think anyone wanted it to happen."
The Farmer Bunnies' extracurricular activities for the week started with a 3-1 win over Sri Lankan III.12 team SS Dominion Colombo in the V For Victory Cup, which lifted them to third place in the tourney league, still two points off the pace. Kryštof Strmiska opened for the visitors from a corner, but Djoko Tambusai
would answer on the counter in the 33rd minute. A converted penalty by Vishnu Tallapaka
and a further counter from Ibrahim Zahran Al-Maashany
then secured the points.
Indonesian defender Djoko Tambusai
kept his scoring boots on to kickstart the Buns' friendly against Pakistani Division Three visitors Bomba's second team, as he kept his eyes locked onto Lau Chang Wan
's first cross of the game. Mohsin Alvi equalized from the spot, but Nurlan Ablaev
led Farmer Bunnies to a 6-1 final score, contributing a stellar hat-trick.
There was only gloom for Grilled International, however, as they fell 1-6 to Austria's Steyr Isotopes, in the process crashing out of the Hattrick International Consolation Cup. Their lead from Didi Reidenbach
's soft third minute penalty lasted all of eight minutes, as Ehregott Legat sniped the Isotopes back into it from range. It was then a single-sided beating, as a disjointed International all but gave up midway through.
had to endure one of the worst days of his career as a makeshift defender, and even he had to concede that there was no way that International were going to prevail today. "Fact is, we were horrible. There's not much more that I can say."