|Posted on January 4, 2015 at 9:05 AM|
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Hilderinc FC started 2015 and their first game at their brand new Home Ground with their biggest win of their ESPZEN tenure when they put eight past Deportivo Lions in the Sunday League 22 Division 5 clash.
Making their debut at their permanent ground at the Home United Youth Football Academy (HYFA), the Blacks, though missing almost half the team due to the festive and New Year travels, had enough depth to produce an almost perfect “house warming” in the unforgiving Sunday heat.
Apart from handing debuts to English duo, Christopher Ironside and Nick O’Sullivan, and keeper Leon Lee, the Hilderincs welcomed back Mitchell Keh, who had donned the colours back in Leagues 19 and 20.
With Shuichi Narita withdrawing before kickoff due to illness, the Blacks named Nicholas Ledenmark and Nick O’Sullivan in the heart of the defence with Jonathon Hill and Alex Wong flanking them on either side, while Roy Fir and Christopher Ironside formed a new look midfield with Ian Morris, Melvin Ng, David Zheng playing behind Shasikumar Mathavan.
The early minutes were a cagey affair as the Blacks got used to the surroundings, personnel and most importantly, after a two week holiday break, their own rustiness.
But with each passing minute, the Hilderincs found themselves on the front foot, passing and moving in unison and they sought to put good use of their increasing possession.
However it was a slice of luck that put the Blacks ahead when an Ian Morris corner was inadvertently turned into his own net by a Deportivo defender, under pressure for a host of Hilderincs waiting to benefit from the set piece.
The fortuitous breakthrough opened the floodgates for the Blacks who ran riot the rest of the half.
Jonathon Hill was the first to test the resolve when he went on his usual marauding forty yard sprint before unleashing a cracker, only to see it drift inches wide of the post.
The Blacks doubled their lead when Chris Ironside’s pinpoint cross behind the Lions defence and into the box finding Ian Morris, who out jumped the last defender and the onrushing goalkeeper to head the ball into an open goal.
There was no stopping the Hilderincs then on, who got a third after another Ian Morris corner, now from the other side of the pitch, was met with a bullet header by Nick O’Sullivan, rifling in an unstoppable for his debut goal.
Three goals to the good and the Blacks were unplayable as they worked around the pitch with their usual past and move football.
The stage was then set for returning Black, Mitchell Keh to steal to limelight with a quick brace; the first after latching onto an Ian Morris daisy-cutter, which he coolly finished off, having outrun the attire Lions defence in the process.
In similar fashion for his second, now on the receiving end from Azman Azmi, the nippy forward showed great composure to highlight his return in a highly productive manner.
Chris Ironside was at it again when he picked Shasikumar with another delightful long range pass and the forward made no mistake, smashing in for the Blacks’ sixth as they went into the break on a romp, though he could have added another with an acrobatic attempt, which would have certainly delighted the masses.
Having hardly had a whistle to deal with, Gopal Peethambaran made way for another debutant, Leon Lee in goal as Dan Koh and Chua Yuxuan was brought on into the fray in the second period.
Dropping pace and content to hold possession in the sweltering heat, the Blacks were in no urgency to notch up the proceedings, working patiently on each pass and move.
Perhaps they were a little too relaxed at times when they could have easily added no less than four more goals to the mix, with Shasikumar and Mitchell Keh coming close, while Chua Yuxuan and Alex Wong were denied by offside calls after having put the ball in the back of the net, with the latter unfortunate to have his excellent driving header chalked off.
However, Roy Fir took his opportunity well with a well worked goal, applying an individual touch to score his first goal for the Hilderincs.
The tally was finally completed after livewire Mitchell Keh set up Chua Yuxuan with an intelligent ball in the box but with the winger’s scuffed shot rebounding off the Deportivo keeper; Ian Morris was at hand to stab the ball in for the Blacks’ eighth and final goal.
Though not a prefect performance, it was by far an almost complete one with each and every player putting in a work shift despite being away from the game for two weeks and some playing in the team for the first time.
The Blacks were also encouraged by the impressive return of Mitchell Keh, and Jeevan, who made an unplanned seven minute cameo after a long injury lay off.
While this game was a perfect platform to work on for the rest of the season, the Blacks know that the next few games will offer a stern test, starting with the visit of Raptors FC next Sunday.
Hilderinc FC 8 : Deportivo Lions 0
Goals: O.G, Ian Morris (2), Mitchell Keh (2), Nick O’Sullivan, Shasikumar Mathavan, Roy Fir
MOM: Ian Morris
Starting Line Up
1. Gopal Peethambaran
2. Nicholas Ledenmark
3. Nick O’Sullivan
4. Jonathon Hill
5. Alex Wong
6. Roy Fir
7. Christopher Ironside
8. Sashikumar Mathavan
9. David Zheng
10. Ian Morris
11. Melvin Ng
12. Dan Koh
13. Azman Azmi
14. Jeevan Kannu
15. Chua Yuxuan
16. Leon Lee
17. Mitchell Keh
Categories: Match Day