The Dragon Conquers
Head coach Tian Yonghang
congratulated Bilal and Panigrahi for well-taken goals, but reserved his highest praise for Chan Ze Han
, who continued to lead the league scoring table after his twelfth today. "And it could well have been more." Tian said. "Chan is, I daresay, still getting cleverer in the box, and his strike today was simplicity and efficiency personified. Most other forwards would have gone for the pass, or tried to open the angle, but he just pivoted and did the job."
The top three all won too to cement the impression of a bifurcated league, with two wins now separating the top half of the table from the bottom. LKS FC and HEBFC Tonners FC made the most of their gimmes against the in-administration stragglers to score sixteen goals between them, while Merlion F.C. had to work a bit more against Mayuyu AKB48 - but not too much, as they comfortably ran out 3-0 winners. Doncho Cuculov did receive a hard knock to his ankle, which was later assessed as not a serious concern.
Farmer Bunnies for their part are in trouble now after falling five points off Really McCoys' pace in fourth, after they were upset by a rising Forever Black Plum at home. A lack of offensive resolve doomed the Buns with Vitaliy Efendiev
a particular culprit in the second half, and Ernesto Di Ciommo would catch Gilberto Sorondo
off his line with a perfect lob in the 74th minute. Guan Ming Kum
received the only yellow card of the game, which will see him out of the next league match.
"That was not good." new boss Vishnu Tallapaka
mused, fairly redundantly. "To be frank, I don't have any easy fix for this, save buying some top wingers and forwards - but that's a bit pointless at this stage of our development."
Mangrove Pittas wiped The EV 6-0 to stay a point ahead of WhiteSandsMechs, who displayed much grit in denying Really McCoys 3-2 playing away. Brighton UK strolled to a 4-0 victory versus Zibaye_Khofteh in the remaining fixture of the round, with the visitors actually creating plenty of their own, but like the Buns, couldn't convert.
Grilled International kept up the heat in V.56 as they blasted Mongolia's Dundgovĭ Conquerors for eight, as Chua Jun Long
followed up with yet another hat-trick. This got him ahead of teammate Safari bin Hj Jali
, who got only two today; Sazwan bin Hj Muhd Salleh
trailed them in third in the Golden Boot race after reaching eight goals with his seventh minute penalty, level with Twisted Bliss star Louie Harris.
It had been more choking in the Zürisee Winter-WM Cup 2022 tourney against Swiss VII.770 leaders VSF Basel City, however, although Chua did show his ability to score out of nowhere, as he pounced right before half-time. Eliano Di Liberto and Hinnrich Gohlke had just struck before that, however, and Mateo Lasso's header in the 67th minute meant that Enrique Gorostiza's late sending-off was merely an afterthought.