Grilled Birds 5 - 1 Mayuyu AKB48
League, Season 8710 March 2024 04:30 HTT
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Grilled BirdsMayuyu AKB48
Hwang Teck Fu (22)
Ha Qicai (53)
Lim An Keng (64)
Lim An Keng (67)
Gústav Thoroddsen (72)
Hunor Inczédi (29)

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Mash For Five
Hunor Breaks Law

Mayuyu AKB48 would be put down 1-5 at The Cooking Pot by a relaxed Birds team, who had Cameron Law standing in for first-choice keeper Dimitris Germanakos - for his first league start since Champloo FC six seasons back. Law would at least be on the winning side this time, but it was dicier than the final score suggested at times, especially after the visitors battled to end the first half on level terms.
Objectively speaking, Grilled were always going to be the favourites here, with Mayuyu having been whitewashed in their previous league fixtures against tpyers, Controlar and Phantasm Hotspurs, with ggttbtbyny being an exception. Sergio García de Camargo's 4-4-2 had simply lacked the midfield control to compete in those matches, and today started off little different. They did manage the first big chance of the game in the fifteenth minute, as Joonas Ahola embarked on an audacious dribble from the centre circle, into Grilled's box. His strike was true, but Law managed to tip it over.

That was a loud wake-up call, and the Birds responded by going ahead seven minutes later, after re-composing themselves. They were once more banking on a simple bash-down-the-door strategy, with Tian Yonghang's expectations of owning possession coming true, and Aw Keng Chuan's hopeful slipping of the ball forward had Hwang Teck Fu bang a rising half-volley beyond Hızır Arkın. Gandhik Chitre then had a great effort carrom off the post in the 38th, which led to a lightning counter that Hunor Inczédi equalized off.

Cameron Law could conceivably have done better with that had he been more decisive in his initial decision as to whether to come out and contest the final pass, but Grilled weren't overly worried, given the general flow. However, they failed the convert their remaining chances in this half, with Gústav Thoroddsen's spectacular try from near thirty yards screaming wide, and Lim An Keng then abusing the crossbar again. Aw would compound this sense of frustration by being booked in the 39th minute, for a cynical early takedown of Antonio Olivieri.

The visiting supporters, who numbered several thousand amongst the near 56000 ticket buyers, had to be more pleased at this state of affairs, but Grilled Birds would start to put their visitors firmly in their place once the second half got going. Whatever Tian and the coaches had analyzed during the break, it certainly worked, as the Birds began to unravel Mayuyu's back four with a practised ease. It still took a missed clearance by Anders Ekborn on a corner return to give Ha Qicai his shot, but the Birds skipper still had to make the most of it for 2-1.

That eased plenty of nerves in the crowd, and from how Grilled continued to raise their game, it was difficult to see Mayuyu make anything of this fixture. Slovakian captain Rudolf Kefalín tried to run the ball out of trouble personally in the 64th minute, only to be intercepted by both Federico Parada and Gandhik Chitre; there was a manic scramble by several players to retrieve the loose ball, and Lim An Keng was the lucky beneficiary, as he hit it hard past Arkın, scooting up the left side.

Mayuyu were not entirely out of it yet, as Gústav Thoroddsen's dry run of the day continued with the Turkish goalie pulling off a stop that he had no right to make, from the Number 31's technically-flawless grounder headed towards the far bottom corner. This turned into another very promising breakaway for Mayuyu as they pressed their temporary numerical advantage down the right, but reinforcements arrived before Antonio Olivieri could finish.

There was no time to blink before Law tapped it out for Damian Hutter with admirable composure, and the oft-maligned Austrian defender kept his head too, to seek out Mohd Marzuki Khairul with a pinpoint forty-metre pass while on the run. This reversed the situation entirely with Mayuyu now shorthanded down the centre, and a couple more quick passes saw Lim An Keng find his second goal of the day - the first brace of his pro career!

Four-one was clearly unrecoverable for Mayuyu, then, and the only remaining question would be whether Gústav Thoroddsen could keep up his record, of scoring in all league matches thus far. This he did in the 72nd minute after a clear foul from Anders Ekborn saw Parada line up a free-kick down the left wing, which went nowhere - but then got played back in cleverly by Aw.

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2016-08-01 00:37:41
anonymous: Thanks for the special mention :) I would just like to expre...
2015-08-17 18:50:02
anonymous: excellent read as always!- Yjorn
2015-06-13 03:08:41
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2014-12-14 16:56:39
gilbertlim: well, it seemed like that.
2014-12-12 18:26:33
anonymous: I didn't play a 4-5-2
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