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Curious Case Of Hilderinc Football Club

Posted on May 21, 2017 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)


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After the highs of last weekend’s heroic display despite severe depletion, Hilderinc FC were dragged back to earth in the most cruel of circumstances as they fell to another disorienting defeat against bottom of the table Hiadis FC, amazingly, crediting themselves with the unflattering distinction of inadvertent assist in all four of the opponents’ goals.


While the prospect of visiting Orchid Park Secondary School, a pitch in which the Blacks had failed to win any of their previous ESPZEN fixtures since 2011, was daunting enough, they had do it with their attire set of regular midfielders absent; and to add to their uneasiness, goalkeeper Lim Yong Kiat was withdrawn mere hours before kickoff due to illness, forcing the Hilderincs to deploy defender Sunny Tharidu in goal.


Though the Hilderincs had enough determination in them despite a mix and match midfield partnership, all well thought of ideas lasted barely fifty seconds when they were caught out after a careless pass was intercepted, leaving them trailing even before they broke any sweat in a sweltering afternoon.


With all of the match still to be played, the Blacks’ response was swift as within minutes, Sashikumar Mahathevan forced the Hiadis keeper into a save after he was put through by Erdogan Albay.


And with Hiadis content to play with ten men behind the ball and seeking to undo the Hilderincs on the counter, one would have put his money on the Hilderincs to get back on level terms, especially with their probing since they went behind.


However, as it was with the first, the Blacks handed, quite literally, a second to Hiadis after an innocuous cornerkick was bundled into goal by stand-in keeper Sunny Tharidu to the utter perplexity of his mates, and pleasure of the opponents who could not believe the Hilderincs’ gifts.


For all the possession that the Blacks were having against a team contented to soak up the pressure, especially with a two goal lead, it was generally a toil as they sought a way back, but they eventually found the breakthrough after Michael De Bear spot picked Logaraj Sundram from inside his own half.


And with the deadly forward in full motion, deftly lifted the ball over the Hiadis keeper to breathe life into the Hilderincs’ cause just before the break.


It was all Hilderincs in the restart as they did everything they could to level the score and looked good for the money to do so as they pinned the Hiadis inside their own half, in fact that was how the entire match went.


But yet again, it was the Hilderincs’ own indiscretions that sealed their fate when they put the ball on the platter for the opponents to score in comical fashion.


The whole complexion of the game could have been vastly different had Denis Lobov’s glancing header off Erdogan Albay’s corner had not missed its mark by inches, if Rahmat Saring’s thumping shot not crash off the post with the keeper well beaten, or if Sashikumar Mahathevan’s lunging attempt found the mouth of the goal instead of the side netting.


As if being stuck in a repeating nightmare from which one is unable to wake from, the Hilderincs were appalled to see yet another misdemeanour unduly punished as Hiadis FC compounded the Blacks’ misery and the Hilderincs completed their count of assists for the opponents.


While the defeat was damaging in itself, the full picture of what it does to their season will unveil itself in the coming weeks, and the Hilderincs will certainly hope that they will not rue this day more, come end of the campaign.


Final Score

Hilderinc FC 1 : Hiadis FC 4

Goal: Logaraj Sundram

MOM: Michael De Bear

Yellow Card: Charles Chukwuka


Starting Line Up

1. Sunny Tharidu

2. Edmund Anthony

3. Denis Lobov

4. Nicholas Ledenmark

5. Michael De Bear

6. Erdogan Albay

7. Raihan Hamzah

8. Sashikumar Mahathevan

9. Logaraj Sundram

10. Ian Morris

11. Rahmat Saring


Substitutions

12. Liao Jincai

13. Vaishakh Pillay

14. Jeremy Tatton

15. Charles Chukwuka

16. Steve Tan


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Hilderincs Show Character In Come From Behind Win

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)


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By Chua Yuxuan


Hilderinc Twās Football Club continued their good run of form with a nail biting 3-2 victory over Boundary Ville FC on Sunday in the SG Merlion Challenge Cup 2017.


Like previous games, the Blacks’ habit of not stamping their mark on the game and taking control proved to be worrying and within the first ten minutes, and HTFC found themselves two goals down though very similar circumstances.


The very reliable backline of the Blacks could not deal with long punts up the field and the Ville’s striker was put through on both occasions, slotting past the stranded JC to give Boundary Ville FC a 2 goals cushion.


But on a brighter note, those were the only two times Boundary Ville tested the Blacks’ defence for the remaining of the match.


However, the Blacks pulled a goal back with Rahmat Saring halved the deficit from the spot after a melee in the box resulted in Basil Al Barr’s shot willfully handled by a Boundary Ville player.


The Blacks went into the break drawing 2-2 after evergreen striker Sashikumar Mahathevan level the score through a well taken set piece from new boy Jorge Daniel (JD), sweeping the ball home from close range.


Pumped up HTFC pressed high and soon gain control of the match through the abundance of midfielders available.


The second half started with exactly like how the first half ended, with the Blacks pressing high and not allowing their opponents to play their game, hence restricting them to long balls, which were dealt with comfortably.


HTFC soon went ahead in the game, when a Rahmat Saring’s corner was met by the head of Mathew Joseph, with the latter scoring what would be the winning goal.


The rest of the match continued without much fanfare, with neither team able to find the breakthrough.


However, it was an important win for the Blacks who showed good character coming from a goal down.


Final Score

Hilderinc Twā FC 3 : Boundary Ville FC 2

Goals: Rahmat Saring, Sashikumar Mahathevan, Mathew Joseph

MOM: Mathew Joseph


Starting Lineup

1. Liao Jincai “JC”

2. David Zheng

3. Michael De-Bear

4. Kavin Singh

5. Nor Azman

6. Darren Tan

7. Mathew Joseph

8. Jorge Daniel

9. Rahmat Saring

10. Basil Al-Barr

11. Sashi Kumar


Substitutes

12. Nicholas Ledenmark

13. Chua Yuxuan

14. Joe Kyaw

15. Mohamad Rahman

16. Fahmi Noor

17. Danial Shafiq



 

Depleted Blacks In Defiant Triumph

Posted on May 14, 2017 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)


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It was a day of blatant defiance by Hilderinc Football Club, who despite being severely reduced, defied the odds to overcome TGA Strollers FC in a hard fought encounter in the ESPZEN Saturday League Division 2.


Coming from the back of a baffling April, the Blacks not only disobeyed the form guide, they confronted a bogey pitch, as all their previous visits to Woodlands Secondary School had ended in limp defeats after being forced to play with equally understrength lineup each time.


Taking on an opponent eager to redeem themselves from the reverse fixture in which the Hilderincs triumphed with a solitary goal, the task was made dire when they were reduced to just twelve players after illness induced withdrawal stripped the Blacks to the bone.


However, eleventh hour heaven-sent inclusion of Sashikumar Mahathevan, Logaraj Sundram and guest reliever, Mohammad Iqbal, alleviated some distress, but the far-flung venue meant that the Hilderincs were forced to start the game with fullback Nejat Mena as a sacrificial stand-in goalkeeper while the Blacks’ Sunday side, Hilderinc Twā FC’s Danial Shadiq took on an unfamiliar assignment as a makeshift leftback.


Despite the unfamiliarity in some quarters, especially with Mohammad Iqbal and debutant Vaishakh Pillay playing in the Hilderinc colours for the first time, the defiant Blacks drew first blood within five minutes when Nejat Mena’s huge kick from goal was put away by Sashikumar Mahathevan, who sent the ball over the Strollers goalkeeper and into the back of the net with dexterity.


Also in a show of contempt to the opponents’ feeble ploy of targeting Munya Ahmed, the Hilderinc lass held her ground firmly, leaving the Strollers huffing and puffing around her without making a meaningful headway.


But for all the Hilderincs’ endeavours, though understandably uncomfortable at times, they were undone in fortuitous fashion when the Strollers took advantage of tyro goalkeeping, despite the best efforts, to level the score against the run of play.


The momentary setback failed to dampen the Hilderincs, who at this point had restored Lim Yong Kiat, Mike De Bear and Jon Loh in their respective roles in goal, leftback and central midfield, as they continued to ask questions of the opponents.


However, yet again against the run of play, the Blacks were forced back and this time found themselves behind after TGA Strollers scored from an unmarked header to dissuade any further challenges from the Hilderincs.


If going by recent history of a month ago in which the Blacks lost two of their four games after they surrendered two goal leads, one would have expected similar capitulation, but it was not that kind of a heart the Hilderincs turned up with.


In fact, it was a show of unbridled passionate response from the Blacks, who could have consumed themselves but rightly turned their sights on the Strollers.


Encamping inside the Strollers half, the Blacks turned the heat on as they won everything that came their way; every header and every tackle, while the opponents ran a sub-plot with the match official.


The breakthrough finally arrived a minute before the break when Rahmat Saring scored from an audacious freekick from the right, which deceived everyone before finding the goal like a postal order with the TGA keeper stranded.


It was a crucial break, especially coming with virtually the last kick of the first period.


The second half was a display of unrivalled Hilderinc grit in the face of limitations where they rose above themselves in an admirable team performance, giving every ounce of strength they had as took the challenge by the scuff of the neck.


Even when several unorthodox player placement were made, when top goal scorer Logaraj Sundram played as rightback, Nejat Mena turned utility player as he added rightback, central midfield and left wing to his first half exploits as goalkeeper, Ian Morris as defensive midfielder and the ever reliable Mike Rooke, doing his part in the mashup as central midfield, rightback and later back as a central midfielder again.


With the central defensive pairing of Denis Lobov and Nicholas Ledenmark in ruthless form, the Strollers found them unbeatable as well as Lim Yong Kiat was peerless with his exceptional handling of the ball.


As it was in the opener, the Hilderinc goalkeeper had a direct hand in the winner goal as Yong Kiat’s long punt was put away by Sashikumar Mahathevan in a carbon copy of his first.


Even though the Strollers efforts were speculative at most, the Hilderincs were imperious in collective defending and effort as they saw out the game for a double over their opponents.


While it is a massive win and three points for the Hilderincs, the upcoming games will be dare their resolve further, but the Blacks will certainly use this performance as a benchmark to turn their season the right way.


Final Score

TGA Strollers FC 2 : Hilderinc FC 3

Goals: Sashikumar Mahathevan (2), Rahmat Saring

MOM: Sashikumar Mahathevan


Starting Line Up

1. Nejat Mena

2. Munya Ahmed

3. Denis Lobov

4. Nicholas Ledenmark

5. Danial Shadiq

6. Mike Rooke

7. Mohammad Iqbal

8. Sashikumar Mahathevan

9. Vaishakh Pillay

10. Ian Morris

11. Rahmat Saring


Substitutions

12. Lim Yong Kiat

13. Mike De-Bear

14. Jon Loh

15. Logaraj Sundram


 

 

 

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Aussie Lass Becomes Hilderinc History Maker

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)




Munya Ahmed, a 24 year old Australian, wrote her name into the Hilderinc Football Club history books by becoming the first female to play for the Club when she made her debut in the friendly against Club M FC last Saturday.


The rightback, though short of match fitness and braving the unforgiving heat, put on an admirable display, even getting the better of her male opponents with some decent touches, as she showed that she has want it takes to mix it with the boys.



Click image to watch the moment Munya "owns" a Club M player!


Incidentally, it was only in February this year that during their 2nd Annual General Meeting that the Blacks amended their constitution to make it entirely gender neutral.


Walking the talk in keeping true to their enduring vision “as an all-inclusive football team which embraces people of all races, language, religion and gender” and as “an exemplary outfit in the local amateur football scene” the HFC has made the clearest indication as a progressive Club.


While this is an initial but significant step forward, the sky is the limit as to where this ground-breaking addition will lead the Club which passionately believes that the Beautiful Game knows no boundaries.




 

Twas show Mental Strength To Secure Three Points

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)


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By Logaraj Sundram


Hilderinc Twā Football Club beat HM JF 2-1 and got back to winning ways in the SG Merlion Challenge Cup.


The Twās had Simon Khaw back in goal along with debutant Kenny Lee, Moganaraj, Michael De Bear and the experienced Pravin Kumar back in the team to form up the backline, and Mathew Joseph, Fahmi Noor and Darren Tan retained their places in the starting line-up, while Kumeresan Maniam, Omar Mahnin and Logaraj Sundram led the attack.


It has become customary for the Twās to get warmed up in the first 15 minutes with misplaced passes and finishing before they could start having control of the game.

 

The first real chance for Twās fell to Logaraj Sundram who was put through on goal by a long ball from Pravin Kumar.


However, Logaraj's header was sneaking in before a goal line clearance prevented the Blacks from taking the lead in the first half.

 

Rama Witjaksono, Nicholas Ledenmark and Kavin Singh were brought on right before the start of the second half with the latter replacing injured Simon Khaw in goal.

 

The second half started well with the Twās very much in top gear and dictating much of the game.

 

Things were not initially smooth for Logaraj Sundram, as once again he was played through on goal by Pravin's long ball, but with the goal at his mercy, the lanky forward blasted the ball over.

 

The forward then with Kumaresan Maniam saw another two chances go begging heaping more pressure on the Twās.

 

Finally, the first goal came when Omar Mahnin, who is having a fine run of form, picked up a loose ball and played a perfectly weighted ball through to Logaraj.

 

The forward rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into an empty net to give Twās the lead.

 

The assist was Omar's third in as many games and the Dutch Master was at it again when his inch perfect cross was met by Logaraj who could not finish off the chance.

 

Danial Shafiq was brought on to freshen things up in attack and not long after, the second goal was scored.

 

It was Route One football when Kavin's long punt was nodded down by Logaraj to Moganaraj who then played a perfect flick back on for the striker to score his seventh goal in six games for the Twās.

 

The Twās were able to see off the game in spite of a late goal from a free kick by HM JF, but it was a well-deserved win for the Blacks who are now looking like a team with a strong set up.

 

Final Score

HTFC 2 - 1 HM JF

Goals : Logaraj Sundram (2)

MOM: Michael De Bear


Starting Line Up:

 1. Simon Khaw

2. Kenny Lee

3. Moganaraj

4. Pravin Kumar

5. Michael De Bear

6. Mathew Joseph

7. Fahmi Noor

8. Darren Tan

9. Kumeresan Maniam

10. Omar Mahnin

11. Logaraj Sundram


Substitutes

 12. Kavin Singh

13. Nicholas Ledenmark

14. Danial Shafiq

15. Rama Witjaksono



Revolutionary Hilderincs Benefit From Workout

Posted on May 6, 2017 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)


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It was a ground-breaking day as Hilderinc Football Club unveiled their first ever female player, in keeping true to their enduring vision “as an all-inclusive football team which embraces people of all races, language, religion and gender” and as clear indication as a progressive Club.


With a game into the second half of their debut season in the ESPZEN Saturday League 17 following their transition from the Sunday League, the Hilderincs made most of a break in fixture to occupy themselves with a friendly game against Club M FC, an overly acquainted opponent, whom they would have played five times before the current campaign concludes.


Having no less than five players who had played a total of three games between themselves, including three debutants, the day was much about doubling up as trials for mid-season recruitment, while the rest of the Blacks kept up to speed with simulated competitive momentum as provided by the opponents of the day.


Taking opportunity to experiment, a by-word of the day, the Blacks deployed Iain Kennedy, who only made his own debut last weekend, in the heart of defence with Nicholas Ledenmark, while Mike De-Bear and Munya Ahmed, HFC’s bona fide female Hilderinc, occupied the fullback roles, while Joh Loh and another debutant Raihan Hamzah kept the business in the middle of the park with Erdogan Albay, Omar Mahnin, Alberto Bartoli and Rahmat Saring provided the attacking impetus.


Though the Blacks went a goal behind in the early minutes of the game in an unforgiving heat, they were quick to level the accounts through Erdogan Albay after the German completed Nicholas Ledenmark’s delightful freekick after his first goal for the Hilderincs. 


Together with Gopal Peethambaran in goal and the impressive exploits of the improvised but resolute backline, which also included the third debutant, Jeremy Tatton, the heroics of Joh Loh and Raihan Hamzah and the workhorse forwards matched the opponents at every stride as they produced an inspired performance in spite of some obvious handicap of unfamiliarity of playing together for the first time.


For all their outward disadvantages, the Blacks could have taken the lead had the normally proficient Rahmat Saring dispatched his spotkick, after he was apprehended in the box, but on a day when the constant mantra was that the results did not matter any ounce, the shortcoming was quickly forgotten.


With limited resources to counter the weather more than anything, the Hilderincs had to constantly shuffle the pack to ease the discomforts of the temperature, but it was full marks to the brave Blacks who gave nothing less than 100% in their efforts.


The late inclusion of veteran Kavin Singh, who has been enjoying an impressive second wind on Sunday as the Hilderinc Twās’ captain, provided much needed steel, while the effervescent Rama Witjaksono carried on with the fine earlier showing by the Jon and Raihan pairing.


David Calvert, who returned to action after a month was perhaps the player individually hard done on the day when he might have scored a hat-trick or more had his outstanding attempts found the back of the net, but he compellingly proved why he was badly missed in the Hilderincs recent slump.


While Club M made the most of the Blacks’ exhaustion towards to the end, it mattered little to the Hilderincs who had a truly fruitful outing, achieving the objectives set immediately after last weekend’s game.


With the debutants and recent arrivals performing admirably alongside the mainstay of the team, the attention now gears back to league action, as the Hilderincs will now work towards the long overdue upturn.


Final Score

Club M FC 4 : Hilderinc FC 1

Goal: Erdogan Albay


Starting Line Up

1. Gopal Peethambaran

2. Munya Ahmed

3. Nicholas Ledenmark

4. Iain Kennedy

5. Michael De Bear

6. Jon Loh

7. Raihan Hamzah

8. Erdogan Albay

9. Alberto Bartoli

10. Omar Mahnin

11. Rahmat Saring


Substitutions

12. Kavin Singh

13. David Calvert

14. Jeremy Tatton

15. Ian Morris


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Fluid Hilderincs Held To A Careless Draw

Posted on May 1, 2017 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)


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Following last weekend hard fought win, Hilderinc Twā FC’s momentum was sloppily halted despite the Blacks putting on a creditable display against Black Knights FC in the SG Merlion Sunday Cup 2017.


Having played the Knights in two previous friendlies in July last year under HFC, it was current Sunday Blacks’ first competitive encounter against a much attuned opponent.


Truth to foreknowledge, the Hilderincs mirrored the Knights in a slow built-up football, as supposed to the breakneck speed football employed by the prior Sunday’s Burmese challengers.


Despite the unhurried approach by both team, the Blacks were the more industrious and were the first to test the contenders’ resolve when Fahmi Noor’s goalbound header off a Kavin Singh long throw was cleared off the line.


Further attempts by Mathew Joseph, Kumaresan Maniam, Rama Witjaksono and Sashikumar Mahathevan were kept out by fortuitous goalkeeping or defending in a half that saw little threat to the Hilderincs’ goal where Liao Jincai played a largely ceremonial role, though he kept his concentration level at the peak when he was called into action towards the end.


As expected, the Black Knights started the second period with an increased tempo, choosing the more direct approach after they found the Hilderinc backline of Kavin Singh, Nicholas Ledenmark, Mick De Bear and Darren Tan impregnable.


But yet again it was the Blacks that were the shaper and were mere inches away from taking the lead after Sashikumar Mahathevan sent the ball over the onrushing keeper, but was unfortunate to see his attempt drift wide of the post at the last second.


And if inches make a difference in a football game, the Blacks were handed the short end of the straw after the Black Knights took the lead against the run of play after an intelligent through ball and equally quick-thinking run and finish by the Knights skipper saw the ball bounce into the back of the net in off the post.


The Twās wasted little time in self-pity and responded positively with Kumaresan Maniam’s long freekick deceived everyone and almost crept into goal if not for the keeper who tipped it over.


In a matter of minutes, the Hilderincs were level after a fine team goal was finished off by the enthusiastic Rama Witjaksono who applied the final touches to a delightful Omar Mahnin ball into the danger zone.


After a couple of warning shots from the Logaraj-Omar combination, the Twās took the lead after goal scorer Rama Witjaksono turned provider when he sent Logaraj Sundram through on goal.


And with the forward in deadly form, was never going to miss from inside the box as he gave the Blacks the lead with his fifth goal in as many games with just seven minutes remaining on the clock.


Despite the fact that the Knights looked shell-shocked at the Hilderincs comeback, the lead lasted just under two minutes as a speculative ball into the penalty area was inadvertently setup for an acrobatic finish.


Though it was a finish for the cameras, it was the Blacks inattentiveness that made the goal look good and denied them the rightful three points.


However, full credit to the Twās who took the fight to the wire, nearly nipping it at the death when Kumaresan Maniam’s freekick was fumbled by the goalkeeper but as inches went, managed to push it over the crossbar before it dropped behind him.


While the end result was not accommodating, the Sunday Hilderincs are well and truly in good process as they work towards building an exciting and formidable side to take on greater challenges in the near future.


Final Score

Hilderinc FC 2 : Black Knights FC 2

Goals: Rama Witjaksono, Logaraj Sundram

MOM: Kavin Singh


Starting Line Up

1. Liao Jincai

2. Darren Tan

3. Kavin Singh

4. Nicholas Ledenmark

5. Michael De Bear

6. Fahmi Noor

7. Rama Witjaksono

8. Mathew Joseph

9. Sashikumar Mahathevan

10. Mohanaraj Saravanan

11. Kumaresan Maniam


Substitutions

12. Omar Mahnin

13. Basil Al Barr

14. Logaraj Sundram



Nightmare Month Ends With Another Defeat For Blacks

Posted on April 29, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)


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It has been nothing short of a dreadful April for the Hilderincs who were yet again undone in a closely fought game against perennial adversaries, Playground Rivals, in the ESPZEN Saturday League Division 2 fixture.


Having lost all of their last four league games, the Blacks stand perplexed with the results which has certainly not match their performances on the pitch, especially when they had led by a two goal margin in first two of the foursome of losses.


Un-indicative of their unpleasant results of late, it was a buoyant start from the Blacks against an opponent who were seeking to do a double over them after they won the reverse fixture with three goals in the final 15 minutes.


With Erdogan Albay carrying on with where he left off last week, his mischief with his footwork had the Rivals rightfully worried as they increased the foul count steadily.


However it was a foul in the Hilderincs’ own penalty area that cost the heavier price as the Blacks went a goal behind against the run of play, resultant of a spotkick awarded for an unfortunate infringement.


But the Hilderincs response was swift and they pulled level through Mike Rooke from a corner.


Having drawn level, the Blacks upper the tempo and positioned themselves in the Rivals final third with their incessant pressure and should have taken the lead but with the keeper well beaten, Rama Witjaksono’s shot bounced off the crossbar, another recurrent outlandish theme this season, with the woodwork denying the Hilderincs in key moments in matches in every of their defeats so far, especially the recent four.


The second half was all about missed chances by both sides, but the Blacks had departing, Axel Blomgren, who was playing his final game for the Hilderincs before concluding his short stay in Singapore, to thank yet again for his exceptional goalkeeping as he kept them in the game.


With neither side gaining the upper hand in a tight encounter, the deadlock was broken by yet another set-piece, a freekick this time which even the incomparable Blomgren was unable to find a reply.


The final quarter of the game was all about the Hilderincs throwing everything for another leveller but had themselves liable for not making the most of the chances that came their way, including a couple of glaring misses.


Though the Blacks will be happy to see the back of a truly trying and vexing month, it will be a test of character from hereon as they seek to return to form and salvage their season.


Final Score

Playground Rivals FC 2 : Hilderinc FC 1

Goal: Mike Rooke

MOM: Axel Blomgren


Starting Line Up

1. Axel Blomgren

2. Nicholas Ledenmark

3. Denis Lobov

4. Sunny Tharidu

5. Michael De Bear

6. Sam Thorley

7. Rama Witjaksono

8. Erdogan Albay

9. Sashikumar Mahathevan

10. Ian Morris

11. Mike Rooke


Substitutions

12. Omar Mahnin

13. Jon Loh

14. Alberto Bartoli

15. Iain Kennedy


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Blacks See Off Challenge To Secure Points

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)


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Report by Chua Yuxuan



Hilderinc Twā Football Club rode their luck against Burmese side Bagan FC to claim their first victory in the SG Merlion Challenge Cup.


With the team’s core players forming the bulk of the starting lineup, the primary focus was all about building consistency and forging understanding in their maiden league competition.


The first ten minutes were scrappy and lacking in ideas but Bagan FC nearly took advantage of the Blacks’ misplaced passes, along with their lack of urgency and creativity, but were let down by their own lack of clinical finishing.


The Burmese finally took the lead in the 15th minute when a looping ball over HTFC’s back four put their winger through, and his first time cross was slotted into the back of the net when the Blacks failed to close down the his teammate.


However, the goal woke the Blacks up and a more controlled midfield display resulted in HTFC drawing level before the break after a neat interplay between Rama Witjaksono and Rahmat Saring saw the latter curled a left foot effort into the top corner.


The second half kicked off with the Blacks looking galvanized as they dictated the tempo while pining Bagan FC in their own half for most periods.


The Blacks took the lead midway through the second half with returning striker Omar Mahnin wining the ball in the opposing half before setting up strike partner Sashikumar Mahathevan for a wonderful volley into the top left corner.


HTFC’s hard work was almost undone when a delightful through ball from the Burmese unlocked the Black’s defence, putting their striker through on goal, but with his shot beating Gopal Peethambaran, custodian for the day, rightback Parthiban Aruchamy defied all odds to sweep the ball away from the goal line.


Hilderinc Twā almost extended the lead when an ambitious pile driver from Chua Yuxuan almost found the top corner of the net after he was set up by new boy Danial Shafiq, but only to see the Burmese keeper clawing the ball to safety.


Sensing that the game was for their taking, the Black’s high tempo game and persistent pressing saw them scoring for a third time.


Man of the Match Darren Tan slotted a delightful pass into the path of Logaraj Sundram, and after some tidy footwork, the number 9 blasted the ball into the top left corner, similar to Sashikumar’s earlier strike.


There were some heart stopping moments during the closing stages when The Burmese equalised after an error from Chua Yuxuan.


With the final five minutes seeming like an eternity for those watching from the touchline, the Blacks took a very “Un-Hilderinc” approach by parking the bus as they thwarted Bagan’s constant bombardment as they sought the equaliser.


However, a spirited and well organised team display ensured that the Blacks returned home with all three points.


Final Score

Hilderinc Twā FC 3 : Bagan FC 2

Goals: Rahmat Saring, Sashikumar Mahathevan, Logaraj Sundram

Man of the Match: Darren Tan

Yellow Card: Matthew Joseph


Starting Lineup

1. Gopal Peethambaran

2. David Zheng

3. Azman Azmi

4. Kavin Singh

5. Mike De Bear

6. Matthew Joseph

7. Darren Tan

8. Mohana Raj

9. Kumaresan Maniam

10. Rahmat Saring

11. Omar Mahnin


Substitutes

12. Logaraj Sundram

13. Chua Yuxuan

14. Joe Kyaw

15. Rama Witjaksono

16. Sashikumar Mahathevan

17. Parthiban Aruchamy

18. Danial Shafiq



Christmas Comes Early For Gift Giving Hilderincs

Posted on April 22, 2017 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)


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It might have been only April, but that it not stop Hilderinc FC to go ahead of time with their display of festive niceties when they gift wrapped four goals, three in a five minute spell very early in the first half as they went down heavy in another visit to Jurong West.


Deprived of the anchoring effect of Denis Lobov and Antonio Cerveró in the defence, the latter withdrawn through illness, and coupled with late withdrawals of a host of defensive players, it was another round of mix and match as the Blacks played Russian roulette with the formation.


While the opening minutes were encouraging as the Blacks took the fight to their more illustrious opponents, but a dreadful five minute phase in bizarre circumstances, in most part unexplainable for any good logical reasons for such unwarranted show of charity, saw them 3-0 down with only ten minutes played.


Though the Blacks admirably restored parity in play after the calamitous start, nearly pulling a goal back after an exceptional Mike Rooke was deprived a goal when his header bounced off the crossbar, a sub-plot highly enticing for statisticians who keep record of the number of times the Blacks have been denied by the woodwork in the first nine games of their debut in the ESPZEN Saturday League since their transition from Sunday football, much of the damage was already done.


If the Hilderincs had at halftime, in all earnestness, had intended to rally back against the odds, the stakes swell further when they had decided that the gift giving was not over and compounded the day with a fourth hangout, an astonishing quartet of nod-in and tab-in goals for the Monkeys.


Although Axel Blomgren had kept the scoreline from inflating further with a couple of fine saves, he was only well and truly beaten by the fifth goal midway through the second period.


Despite the malaise, the Hilderincs finally aroused themselves in the final quarter of the game, turning the tide on the opponents.


Inspired by debutant Erdogan Albay, the Blacks did get a goal back after Rama Witjaksono converted from the spotkick after the former was apprehended in the box, but though only a fugacious reward for the delayed retaliation, the Hilderincs displayed their defiance in defeat.


And it will be their lionised defiance that will be needed to get them out of their current incomprehensible predicament as they entered the second half of a bewildering season.


Final Score

Purple Monkeys FC 5 : Hilderinc FC 1

Goal: Rama Witjaksono (Pen)

MOM: Mike Rooke


Starting Line Up

1. Axel Blomgren

2. Mohamed Salahdeen

3. Sunny Tharidu

4. Mike Rooke

5. Wong Yih-Khai

6. Mike De Bear

7. Rama Witjaksono

8. Jon Loh

9. Sashikumar Mahathevan

10. Ian Morris

11. Rahmat Saring


Substitutions

12. Omar Mahnin

13. Nicholas Ledenmark

14. Basil Al Barr

15. Erdogan Albay

16. Glenn Sandhu


 

 

• ESPZEN Saturday League 17 Division 2

• HFC ESPZEN League 17 Season Player Stats



 


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