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Blacks Stride With The Hilderinc Ladies!

Posted on July 21, 2017 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hilderinc Ladies

(From back, left to right, Hailey, Sharon, Jasslyn, Denise, Rachel, Mercele, Munya.

Not in picture: Suravi, Samantha and Yina)

Hilderinc Football Club, under the banner of Hilderinc Sports Group, took another step into expansion with the official formation of their very own women’s team, the Hilderinc Ladies.

Set in motion, foresightedly, in February 2017 when the Club revised their entire constitution during their Annual General Meeting to be one that was gender neutral, followed by the almost oracular arrival of their very first female player two months later in May, the formation of the Hilderinc Ladies has been nothing but an exciting progression ever since.

A first training session with just two enthusiastic lasses on 25th May, the gang now consists of ten passionate and eager ladies, who stood shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts last night during the Hilderincs’ combined training.

For a revolutionary Club who ardently holds true to their enduring vision “as an all-inclusive football club which embraces people of all races, language, religion and gender”, this is another beginning of a journey with huge possibilities, which has only just began with a first, but stirring step.


Rampant Hilderincs Continue Sunday Dominance

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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By Chua Yuxuan

Hilderinc Twā Football Club followed up their excellent display from last week’s 7-2 thrashing of HMJF FC by dispatching Merlion United 3-1 in their recent SG Merlion Challenge Cup 2017 fixture.

For all their worth, the Blacks displayed an all-round display from defense to attack, with custodian Liao Jincai a virtual spectator for much of the match.

From the kick off, the Blacks took control of the game, stroking the ball around while having shots on goal at will whenever the opportunity arose.

Nervous Merlion backline only gave HTFC the needed confidence to draw first blood, and within 15mins into the game, in-form forward Omar Mahnin was fouled in the penalty box, but the normally reliable Rahmat Saring failed to score from the spot despite sending the keeper the wrong way, drifting the ball just wide of the post.

Undeterred, Rahmat Saring soon ensured that the ball was in the back of the net when he waltzed pass several defenders before pocketing the ball home.

Merlion United were barely settled down when it was 2-0 after some neat play down the left channel from Joe Kyaw and Sashikumar Mahathevan, with the latter’s cut back into the six yard box was duly slotted home by Omar Mahnin, his fifth goal in two games.

The Merlions did have their chances to reduce the deficit but the Blacks had Liao Jincai to thank for, especially when he dived at the foot of the striker on a one on one situation.

Failing to make their opportunity count, United was then made to pay when the Twās’ veteran striker, Sashikumar Mahathevan produced an “El Golazo” moment when his effort outside of the box curled into the top right corner of Merlion’s goal.

Though carrying a 3-0 lead into the second half, the Blacks did not rest on their laurels as they continued pressing and carving out chances after chances.

Merlion United did have their resurgence in a ten minute spell when Liao Jincai produced a one handed save to deny Merlion United once again.

But unfortunately, he could do little about their third effort of the game when the Blacks’ backline was left flat-footed when a through pass put a Merlion striker though on goal and he rounded the keeper before walking the ball into the Hilderincs’ goal.

However, that only proved to be a consolation as Hilderinc Twā continued where they left off and dominated the remainder of the game, and had they been more clinical, a repeat of last weekend’s scoreline would have been matched easily.

Final Score

Hilderinc Twā FC 3 : 1 Merlion United

Goals: Rahmat Saring, Omar Mahnin, Sashikumar Mahathevan

MOM: Sashikumar Mahathevan

Starting Line Up

1. Liao Jincai

2. Chua Yuxuan

3. Kavin Singh

4. Matthew Joseph

5. David Zheng

6. Fahmi Noor

7. Jorge Daniel Rodriguez

8. Joe Kyaw

9. Rahmat Saring

10. Omar Mahnin

11. Sashikumar Mahathevan


12. Rama Witjaksono

13. Nicholas Ledenmark

14. Basil Al-Barr

15. Gopal Peethambaran


Brave Hilderincs Turn It On In Second Half

Posted on July 15, 2017 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

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After recent weeks, in fact much of a frustrating season, of unkind outcomes not befitting the effort, Hilderinc FC finally found some joy in translating intent to results when they overcame a feisty Vietnam United in a come from behind win to cling to the slimmest of hope against the drop.

However, it was never going to come easy for the battered Blacks, who had to content with late withdrawals which left the squad uncomfortably thin, but the eleventh hour inclusion of Logaraj Sundram, Liao Jincai and Michael Shankar gave a respectable outlook by kickoff.

Unlike the ill-advised first leg encounter early in the season, which was allowed to carry on in ghastly weather and on a heavily water-logged pitch, the conditions presented itself for a much fluid meeting, but in reality, proved to be a strain for the neutrals as both sides started scrapping for any advantage as the contrasting approach denied any eloquence.

With the Hilderincs turning to Sunny Tharidu in goal once again, the presence of Denis Lobov and Iain Kennedy and Nicholas Ledenmark soon put the rest at ease as they provided the bulwark on which much of the initiative was built on.

Though speculative efforts from Jon Loh and Hoonki Song was closest they got to troubling the United's goal, the edge was with the Blacks as they worked around the Vietnamese's robust style, keeping them pinned behind the ball for long periods.

But the Hilderincs suffering a chronic case of the Groundhog Day syndrome over the last year or so, found themselves a goal down against the run of play when Vietnam Utd found a way through, threatening more misery on the exasperated Blacks who desperately sought a way back into the game before the break, but found no favours.

With urgent need to refocus after minor events at half time, the Hilderincs were at a threshold at the start of the second half as Logaraj Sundram and Raihan Hamzah was brought on to add fresh legs to the cause.

Justifiably the changes paid immediate dividends as Logaraj Sundram levelled the account within two minutes of the restart after he benefitted from uncertainties resulting from a long Nicholas Ledemark before coolly putting the ball over the keeper.

Buoyant by the equaliser, the Hilderincs upper the ante as they reverted to their not too long ago famous pressing from attack football, in addition to matching the Vietnamese in aggression.

With Ryan Ng and Hoonki Song in full throttle on both sides, and fullbacks Nicholas Ledenmark and Muhd Fuzuli pressing high up the pitch, the Hilderincs dominated the proceedings peerlessly, as the midfield combination of Rama Witjaksono, Raihan Hamzah and Jon Loh supplied excellent cover and attacking impetus, while Denis Lobov and Iain Kennedy looked like to colossuses in front of a lively Sunny Thairdu.

It was no surprise then that the Hilderincs took the lead after a sweeping move involving Logaraj Sundram, Ian Morris and Ryan Ng provided Hoonki Song a perfect opportunity to bag his first goal for the Blacks with a well taken finish.

Ryan Ng, who never stopped running and hustling throughout the game, provided the icing on the cake when he got himself on the scoresheet with a quality goal to cement his man of the match performance.

Logaraj Sundram, who started the Blacks comeback could have ended the day with a hat-trick had he put the ball on either side of the post when he missed narrowly on his right and was denied by the post with a strike on the left.

However, with a couple of injuries forcing changes towards the final minutes of the game, the Blacks unwittingly allowed Vietnam Utd back into the game with one case of careless defending, setting up an necessarily more than desired exciting finish to an already enthralling game, but the Hilderincs ran out deserved winners.

Now though the Hilderincs' fate in the division could be settled even before they play their final league game in two weeks' time, the attention and planning is already towards next season, wherever that maybe in.

Final Score

Hilderinc FC 3 : Vietnam Utd 2

Goals: Logaraj Sundram, Hoonki Song, Ryan Ng

MOM: Ryan Ng

Yellow Cards: Ian Morris, Raihan Hamzah, Logaraj Sundram, Michael Shankar

Starting Lineup

1. Sunny Tharidu

2. Danial Syakir

3. Denis Lobov

4. Iain Kennedy

5. Nicholas Ledenmark

6. Jon Loh

7. Rama Witjaksono

8. Hoonki Song

9. Colin Thornley

10. Ian Morris

11. Ryan Ng


12. Liao Jincai

13. Logaraj Sundram

14. Raihan Hamzah

15. Muhd Fazuli

16. Michael Shankar

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The Blacks Face Drop After Latest Defeat

Posted on July 8, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

With less than two games left for them to play, Hilderinc FC’s season has been nothing short of being incredible for all the incomprehensible reasons, as they yet again were at the end of another result not befitting their performance.

Just as a week ago when the Blacks went down to a solitary goal against Purple Monkeys FC despite leaving them chary for vast periods of the game; though the Monkeys in their height of hallucination would later claim otherwise without erudite examination of the match in its entirety on Hilderinc FC TV; the Blacks found themselves clinging against the drop after falling narrowly against league leaders Mariners 11 FC.

Having lost to the Mariners by the same scoreline in the first encounter despite having come from behind to lead 2-1 at one stage, similar frustration was to overcome the Hilderincs who now have to ask themselves what else they must do to translate effort into results, as they certainly feel aggrieved to be forsaken by the any phantasm of luck in a weird debut campaign on Saturday after their migration from ESPZEN Sunday League.

Despite having a top heavy squad, the Blacks looked good for the money with a fine mixture of youth and experience, as they wasted little time to lay a proper hold of the game.

Unexaggerated to say the least, the opening twenty-five minutes saw the Hilderincs with more than 65% in possession as they kept on the front foot.

In fact they could have been up by an avalanche, with Ian Morris denied a hat-trick after two of cornerkicks heading to the back of the net were kept out by a defender on the line and the goalkeeper, who also flicked the skipper’s header goal bound header to safety, while Jon Loh and Marko Belak came close with their long range efforts.

But a calamitous mix up on the other end would prove costly for the Hilderincs as they found themselves behind against the run of play.

Notwithstanding the setback, the response of the Blacks was swift as they resumed their objective in earnest and almost pulled level after Ian Morris reacted quickest to a stray ricochet into the box, and with certain goal beckoning with a simple header into an empty net, a desperate and almost reckless charge clattered the veteran leaving him bloodied, but astonishingly the ball somehow refused to go in as it crashed against the underside of the bar, and an excellent follow up shot by Ryan Ng was kept out by the goalkeeper.

However, the combination of Ryan Ng and Ian Morris would see the Hilderincs get back on level terms, after the former’s intelligent cornerkick to the latter resulted in the skipper senselessly barged inside the box for a stonewall penalty, which Sam Thorley made no mistake with for the equaliser.

Having found parity in score, it was business as it was for the Blacks as they sought the lead before the break, but for all their industry, they had to share the spoils with the Mariners into the break.

The Hilderincs’ task for the second half was made complex when Sam Thorley was withdrawn due to injury, leaving the already option-less in defence and midfield Blacks into a forced change, which saw Colin Thornley and an under the weather, Raihan Hamzah in the centre of the park in an untested partnership with Jon Loh.

While there were full marks for the personnel, the change in formation had a telling effect on the Hilderincs as they dropped off their intensity of the first half, allowing the Mariners to take advantage of the slack.

And with the Blacks occupied with the dealings of trying to secure the lead, they left the backdoor open for the opponents to exploit and they soon found themselves 3-1 down after the Mariners punished them for their inattentiveness.

Though Denis Lobov pulled a goal back to setup a tense finish to the game, it was too little too late for the Hilderincs, who despite their push, were unable to find another equaliser.

While the Club’s first ever relegation in their seventeen year history looms, the Hilderincs know that this is certainly not the end, but the start of a beginning.

Final Score

Mariners 11 FC 3 : Hilderinc FC 2

Goals: Sam Thorley, Denis Lobov

MOM: Sang Won Park

Yellow Card: Colin Thornley

Staring Lineup

1. Lim Yong Kiat

2. Sunny Tharidu

3. Denis Lobov

4. Nicholas Ledenmark

5. Sang Won Park

6. Jon Loh

7. Sam Thorley

8. Hoonki Song

9. Ryan Ng

10. Ian Morris

11. Marko Belak



12. Sashikumar Mahathevan

13. Omar Mahnin

14. Colin Thornley

15. Logaraj Sundram

16. Raihan Hamzah

17. Eslam Elsewedy




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Hilderincs Bid Farewell To Blacks' Turkish Delight

Posted on July 5, 2017 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Serhat Dalbeyler (Centre), with (From Left to right), Logaraj Sundram, Nicholas Ledenmark, Omar Mahnin and Simon Khaw

Hilderinc Football Club gave a fitting send-off to Serhat Dalbelyer last Wednesday when the colourful Turk called time on his tenure with the Blacks after almost two years, before his relocation to Australia for the next exciting chapter of his life.

Having made his debut back in October 2015, the attacker was influential, with silky moves on the pitch and with equally engaging personality off it.

Though a nasty and persistent knee injury denied Serhat many a minutes on the pitch, even after his recent comeback, he will always be remembered for his “Marco Van Basten goal” when he scored an outrageous volley against Playground Rivals FC, which earned him the top spot in that campaign’s Goal of the Season award.

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Most of all, Serhat is the Blacks’ first longest serving foreign player in recent times, to have played for them, as many had used the Club as a stepping stone, only to join other teams after settling down here, though the like of Regis Cavalie, Karim Tebat, Alex Todd, Ako Tanyi, Shuichi Narita and most recently, Axel Blomgern, will be exception to that, as although their stay with the Club was short due to subsequent relocation, they were true Hilderincs inside out, and Serhat Dalbelyer joins the ranks of the legends, however, it will be noteworthy to mention that Cyrill Binder still holds the overall title for Hilderincs' longest serving foreign player, after having been with the team for almost five years in the earlier days of HFC.

All at Hilderinc FC wishes Serhat Dalbelyer and his wife, who was instrumental in getting him connected to the Blacks in the first place, all the very best in all their future endeavours.


Sunday Hilderincs Suffer Sluggish Setback

Posted on July 4, 2017 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (1)

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By Chua Yuxuan

Hilderincs Twā FC went into the game against Bagan FC, on a back of a rained off game against Black Knights while leading 1-0, and a Hari Raya festive break rendering the team to the worst possible form.

Having play each other twice in the season before, with a win a piece, the knowledge of each other intimate, another close encounter was expected, or so the Blacks thought.

The Burmese came flying off the block and HTFC never got up to speed, especially with the Bagan wingers terrorising the Blacks’ backline constantly, it was only a matter of time before they broke their opponents’ desperate attempt at keeping it scoreless.

A long ball over the top broke through down the left, and as witnessed many a times before, the Hilderincs allowed the opposing winger time to pick the perfect cross for an easy header into the back of the net.

The Twās barely regrouped when Bagan FC doubled the score when a scramble outside the penalty box allowed the Burmese to blast the ball towards goal, rooting Blacks’ custodian Liao Jincai.

With the referee’s inconsistent, and sometimes dubious call throughout the entire match, HTFC were handled a rare lifeline when Matthew Joseph was pulled back in the penalty box, and he duly tucked into the bottom right corner to reduce the deficit.

Contrary to the belief that the goal would galvanise the Blacks, it only served to inspire Bagan FC as they clawed back their two goals advantage just before the break when more mix up in the Hilderincs’ end allowed the Burmese to capitalise.

With as host of changes at half time, the intent to freshen the team while adding more physical and more mobility in the attacking third was clear, as the trio of Logaraj Sundram, Kumaresan Maniam and Omar Mahnin coming close on a few occasions but lacked the end product.

Though often on the back foot, Bagan FC ensured they left with all three points when a quick counter-attack was finished with a simple tap in for their fourth.

However, the game was marred when tempers began to flare when a wrong call by the referee, though not the first time in evening, enraging the Blacks, and it resulted in a red card being flashed to Kavin Singh for dissent, and Matthew Joseph receiving a yellow for his part in a foul that sparked off the unsavoury events.

Down to ten men with barely 15mins to go, the Blacks still managed to pile the pressure on Bagan FC but score line at the end of the day would remain 4-1 to the Burmese side.

Final Score

Hilderinc Twā FC 1 : Bagan FC 4

Goal: Matthew Joseph (Pen)

Yellow Card: Mathew Joseph

Red Card: Kavin Singh

Starting Lineup

1. Liao Jincai (J.C.)

2. Chua Yuxuan

3. Kavin Singh

4. Nicholas Ledenmark

5. David Zheng

6. Matthew Joseph

7. Darren Tan

8. Joe Kyaw

9. Mike De-Bear

10. Jerry Teng

11. Sashikumar Mahathevan


12. Simon Khaw

13. Edmund Anthony

14. Jorge Daniel

15. Kumaresan Maniam

16. Rama Witjaksono

17. Omar Mahnin

18. Logaraj Sundram


Hilderincs Hold Their Own Despite Narrowest of Loses

Posted on July 1, 2017 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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While football is undoubtedly the Beautiful Game, but ironically, to say that is also the most cruel game will be an understatement, and Hilderinc FC were the latest in the line of many teams to find that out when they went down to a solitary goal against Purple Monkeys FC in a vastly entertaining game.

Having lost 5-1 in the earlier meeting when the Blacks were highly patched-up in several departments, the Monkeys had their eyes set on a repeat performance, more so considering HFC’s bewildering position in the league table.

Bolstered by the return of several players and the addition of a trio of debutants in Hoonki Song, Sang Won Park and Xander Hoskinson, the Blacks were in full throttle in one of, if not, their best display so far, as an immaculate Hilderinc side took on the Monkeys in their own game.

Despite converting defender Sunny Tharidu in goal again, it was sublime contribution from back to front as the Blacks pinned the Monkeys inside their own half for much of the first period, harassing and running rings around them with unrivalled industry and purpose with their pass and move football, leaving the opponents, especially the fullbacks, searching for answers while responding with speculative attempts at most.

But for all the productive input, the Blacks came short on making their possession quantifiable with only Ian Morris and Sam Thorley coming close to breaking the deadlock before the break.

For all the excitement of the first period, the second half started at a slower pace, with both teams content with a more measured approach.

However, with the Blacks mirroring the Monkeys’ manner, soon invited undue attention in their own half, but at the same breath allowed them to showcase impregnable qualities at the defensive end, effectively countering all of the opponents’ intent.

With the game opening up by the minute, the Blacks were not short of their own foray deep inside the opponents’ half as the Monkeys sat deeper, in fear of the Hilderincs pace and energy, which they struggled to keep in check throughout the game.

Finding a purple patch, the Blacks came close to a goal during of their several attempts when Sashikumar Mahathevan narrowly crashed his shot into the side netting.

And with the game increasingly looking to head towards an engaging stalemate, the oxymoronic football showed it’s true colours, as far the Hilderincs were concerned, when one fortuitous bounce of the ball turned the outcome of the game, with the Monkeys capitalising on a rare lapse to score the only goal of the fixture, much to the disgust of the Blacks but more of a relief to the scorers.

With less than a quarter left, the Hilderincs went for broke in defiant fashion, and were unfortunate not to get something out of the game with the Monkeys hanging on desperately to their lead, so much so that they even had time to engage in some monkey business with the referee in a sum of mathematics, after being pre-occupied with the Blacks’ substitute configuration.

However, the Hilderincs had to deal with the hard fact that they had been downed not by the better side on the day.

But moving forward, and with only three games left, they will certainly see out this extremely annoying season and a possible drop in the most rebellious disposition.

Final Score

Hilderinc FC 0 : Purple Monkeys FC 1

MOM: Denis Lobov

Yellow Card: Colin Thornley

Staring Lineup

1. Sunny Tharidu

2. Glenn Sandhu

3. Denis Lobov

4. Nicholas Ledenmark

5. Mike Rooke

6. Jon Loh

7. Rama Witjaksono

8. Hoonki Song

9. Colin Thornley

10. Ian Morris

11. Xander Hoskinson


12. Sashikumar Mahathevan

13. Omar Mahnin

14. Sam Thorley

15. Sang Won Park

16. Michael De Bear

17. Marko Belak

18. Satoki Yoshida

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Impoverished Blacks Rise Above Impair

Posted on June 18, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

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With numbers traditionally enervate for mid-season friendlies, Hilderinc FC had to arouse themselves from the frustration of considerable eleventh hour withdrawals to produce a creditable outing against Maristis FC at Farrer Park football pitch, Singapore football’s spiritual home.

Having the bare minimum to cover all positions, albeit with Sunny Tharidu filling up in goal, three trialists, a still under the weather Rama Witjaksono, long lost returning prodigal son, Sai Ganesan, and an injured Ian Morris, who offered nothing meaningful on the pitch apart from keeping parity in numbers, the Blacks decided to take the ultra-conservative approach as supposed to their usual cavalier dazzle.

Always playing on consistent artificial pitches, the return to natural grass was an uncomfortable affair, especially when the hard ground proved more a challenge than expected.

While the quality of the opposition allowed the Hilderincs to take the foot of the pedals, they took the pre-match instruct to enjoy the game quite literally and found themselves behind early in the game through a comical goal as they were still on the beach with a cocktail in hand.

However, despite the disadvantages, the quality in the Hilderincs was telling as they spent much time inside the Maristis’ half, although Sunny Tharidu took the plaudits for keeping them in the game with a few commendable saves when the opponents did manage to find their way through.

With Danish Saarin, Rama Witjaksono, Sashikumar Mahathevan and Sai Ganesan active in the attacking third, the Blacks best chance of a goal would ironically fall to the crocked Ian Morris, who though reacted fastest to the Maristis goalkeeper’s clanger, sent the ball a foot wide of the post as he struggled to get even a decent application.

The second half was even more unhurried from the Blacks though they enjoyed more of the attacking imitative but with incomplete striking options, the chances lacked the end.

But there was no denying Sashikumar Mahathevan, who took matters into his own hands and levelled the score with a determined run past the Maristis defence before a prefect finish.

While the Blacks were to go behind again following casual approach to the innocuous, they shared the honours when Sai Ganesh marked his return with a well-taken freekick to give a deserve outlook to a game which could have provided more had the numbers and pitch were better on the day.

Despite that, it was full marks for the Blacks, who though took a lesser approach, gave full effort when needed, earning good reviews even from the referee who had good words of their professional display.

Final Score

Maristis FC 2 Hilderinc FC 2

Goals: Sashikumar Mahathevan, Sai Ganesh

Starting Line Up

1. Sunny Tharidu

2. Jude Dillip

3. Iain Kennedy

4. Nicholas Ledenmark

5. Michael De Bear

6. Rama Witjaksono

7. Danish Saarin

8. Ridhwan Yusuf

9. Sashikumar Mahathevan

10. Ian Morris

11. Sai Ganesan


Hilderincs Turn 17!

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hilderinc Football Club celebrates their 17th Anniversary today.

Formed by six strangers and unlikely bedfellows on 14th June 2000, the Blacks journey has been unwavering and progressive, rather than one has been ostentatious without substances.

Even holding onto the non-negotiable principles of all-inclusiveness, embracing players of all races, nationalities, gender or all other societal differences, the Blacks have been an undeniable example of a Club that truly holds dear to the value of the Beautiful Game as an unifying conduit in a divisive world.

Having had players from no less than 36 countries since its founding, the Hilderincs took the concept of inclusiveness to a higher and more significant level when they welcomed their first female player into the team, a determined and calculated swat at gender biases; which incidentally followed the foresighted amendment of the Club’s Constitution to one that is gender neutral in February this year.

In keeping with progression, the Blacks expanded back to their Sunday roots with the formation of Hilderinc Twā FC in March, and with the Hilderinc Ladies already in formation, the Club’s 17th year has already made tangible strides on many counts.

While the Hilderincs may have not popped the champagne bottle as some may account success, they have certainly won much more enduring accolades as they see themselves as, “As an all-inclusive football team which embraces people of all races, language, religion and gender with the love of the Beautiful Game as the main motivation.

As a team which strives to be competitive and successful but an exemplary outfit in the local amateur football scene, holding fast to the value of sportsmanship befitting our motto:

"The Way of the Blacks - Passion, Determination, Chivalry & the Love for the Beautiful Game."

Hilderinc Football Club is and will always be a team with a difference, to make a difference!

Tired Sunday Hilderincs Suffer Frail Setback

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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By Chua Yuxuan

A lackluster Hilderincs Twā side suffered their third defeat of the current campaign as they fell to Bagan FC, an opponent they had defeated 3-2 earlier on in the season.

Lacking conviction and toughness in their play, the Blacks were unable to match man for man against the Burmese side.

Though for the first time this season, the Twās started on the front foot, pressuring their opponents and having shots on goal, but all the positivity lasted for only twenty minutes and it all went downhill thereafter.

With The Blacks playing a highline at the back, the Burmese were restricted to launching long balls forward, hoping either one of their strikers will latch onto the ball.

And it was this tactic that got Bagan FC the opening goal when a long punt from the keeper found their left winger free, and with HTFC’s defence going to sleep, he was allowed time and space to slip the ball down the middle for their striker to slot it into the bottom of the net.

The Blacks started the second half with much more positivity, drawing level 10mins into the second half after a great pass down the middle released Rahmat Saring on goal; and with confusion in the Burmese defence, the livewire winger was fouled inside the box.

Stepping up to take the spotkick himself, the forward made no mistake and he levelled the score.

However, the equaliser only galvanised the Burmese, and they were on top of the Blacks in every aspect of their game from then on.

Their hard work paid off, and not taking any credit away from them, they got the winning goal via a wicked deflection off David Zheng.

Good work down the left flank saw the Burmese wriggled their way into the penalty box, and as the attacker dragged ball across the goal, David Zheng was unfortunate to be at the wrong place wrong time, deflecting the ball with his trailing leg to help is into the bottom corner.

The Blacks then went forward in search of the equaliser but it was rather comfortable for Bagan FC in all honesty, as they calmingly saw out the match, claiming all three points, leaving the Blacks to recoup and recover to fight another day.

Final Score

Hilderinc Twā FC 1 : 2 Bagan FC

Goal: Rahmat Saring (Pen)

Man of the Match: Rahmat Saring

Starting Line-up

1. Liao Jincai (J.C.)

2. Chua Yuxuan

3. Kavin Singh

4. Rahmat Saring

5. Pravin Kumar

6. Matthew Joseph

7. Jorge Daniel Rodriguez (J.D.)

8. Joe Kywa

9. Mike De-Bear

10. David Zheng

11. Sashikumar Mahathevan


12. Logaraj Sundram

13. Nicholas Ledenmark

14. Darren Tan

15. Kumaresan Maniam