Newly crowned Division VI Champions of Season 5 La Serpiente FC was up against mighty Project Vaults FC and were hoping for an upset. However it was not to be when PVFC fielded a strong side with most of their regulars back on Cup duties. With goals from old guards Wai Loon and a hat-trick from Alang who returned in time from his injury, coupled with a goal from new signing Syafi’ie, the Golden Eagles proved too strong for La Serpiente FC. With a convincing 5-1 scoreline, PVFC became the first side to advance into the Quarterfinals.
Next up was the mouth-watering clash between yet another newly crowned Champions in Mak Hitam 95 against 529’ers. The former’s undefeated record extended to 20 games prior to this game and was looking poised to gather a good result in this Round 3 tie. 529’ers on the other hand, were a team showing consistency. This being their most valuable trait saw them promote to the top flight since they started in Division 4 with MOF. True enough, the FT ended in a 1-1 and the hotly contested affair had to be settled with the dreaded penalty kicks. In the end, Lady Luck was smiling on Mak Hitam 95 as they prevailed with a precious win to advance into the Quarterfinals.
Late nearing the end of the day were the final 2 games, which were equally heavy weighted ones.
First up was Kamikaze, who were the first team to advance to Round 3 since the commencement of the competition, facing Toh Guan Krew. The last tie for TGK saw them snatch a very late draw against young side Lads 13 and finally winning through penalties. This time it was almost the same story of needing to come back from behind as KMZ took the lead. The combative tie progressed on with both sides playing hard and it was left to TGK to again snatch the win from KMZ with a 2-1 scoreline.
The fairy tale of ACCDOK United nearly came true as they stood opposing IF:v2, the reigning Division II Champions. A 1-1 score was all that separated the 2 sides with less than 10 mins left. It seemed that IF:v2 have had to ensure yet another shoot-out until a series of errors by the young side allowed IF:v2 to prowl onto and net the winners with a pair of quick goals in the dying minutes. Kudos to ACC as they turned heads in this season’s cup contest and with it, a faint hope that the tale will carry on …. but with this splendid performance, they can hold their heads high.
This season’s MOF Cup have seen the most exciting of line-ups up to this point. Only in its 3rd edition, the MOF Cup, pitting teams across the entire Sunday and Sunshine Leagues as well as external 11 aside teams, have also seen an unprecedented number of entries at 64.
With the Cup resuming on the 21st Sep, we look forward to another round of breath-taking match-ups ! Watch this space !