|Posted on November 1, 2015 at 11:05 AM|
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After last weekend’s scrappy win in a friendly, Hilderinc Football Club returned to league action after a two weeks absence with a much enriched and motivated display, as they dispatched The Legacy FC in the ESPZEN Sunday League Division 4, in a game that will certainly be best remembered for two contenders for the goal of the season.
Having last met in the Division 7 of the ESPZEN Sunday League 20 back in January 2014, the Blacks were eager to renew association, especially after their intended meeting two weeks ago was postponed at Legacy’s request.
Despite the Blacks’ almost narrow minded focus on making good on their bagful of games in hand, it was the Legacy who had the first opportunity of the game when they took advantage of some sloppy play in defence, but the Hilderincs would count themselves fortunate when the ball clipped the foot of the post before finding its way out.
Unnerved, the Blacks quickly resumed normality with their crisp passing and constant movement, both on and off the ball.
It took the Hilderincs less than five minutes to get on the scoresheet after good work by Nicolas Amstutz to keep the ball before finding Peter Wang free in the box.
The forward making his first start for the Hilderincs, was of quick mind to sweep the ball to Gabir Nabil, whose side-foot opener was just the appetiser to what was about to come.
Encamped in the Legacy half, the Blacks were two goals up within two minutes of the first when Alex Wong did a Roberto Carlos and embarrassed the Legacy keeper with an audacious belter from distance, leaving the custodian grasping thin air.
With two goal to the good within seven minutes, the Hilderincs were in full control of the game with Serhat Delbeyler and Sunny Tharidu resilient in protecting the defence and propping the attack.
With the defensive stalwarts, Denis Lobov, Azman Amzi, David Zheng and Alex Wong securing the rear, along with Leon Lee at his best with a couple fine saves to his name, the movement of Peter Wang and Nicolas Amstutz was a constant nuisance for the Legacy, who also had to content with the voracious Gabir Nabil.
The introduction of Sashikumar Mahathevan and Mohamed Al Hosani midway through further strength the team, testament to the Hilderincs depth and quality.
And it was the latter who started the effects that led to the Blacks’ third goal, a combination of collective determination and sheer individual brilliance.
Al Hosani’s dogged presence in pressing high in the Legacy final third resulted in an innocuous goal kick, but Peter Wang’s equally resolute header from it cushioned it into the path of Gabir Nabil.
What was next was pure class from the Egyptian, who set his sight before unleashing an unstoppable screamer, whose trajectory and pace would have beaten even the best goalkeeper in the world.
Perhaps a little too comfortable with the first half exploits, the Blacks dropped off the pace in the restart, allowing Legacy to seek a way back into the game.
In a test of their defensive resilience, the Hilderincs held on well against the forays of the Legacy, though Leon Lee was again called upon to produce a delightful save against the run of play.
The involvement of Leslie Eng, Basil Al Barr, Mohammad Hissham, Logaraj Sundram, Kumaresan Maniam and Parthiban Aruchamy kept the Blacks in peak condition throughout the game and most importantly, the return of Lim Yong Kiat for his first game since August, brought cheer within the ranks.
Serhat Delbeyler, who was industrious throughout the game was the author of the Hilderincs' fourth when he cherry-picked Logaraj Sundram with a fine through ball; and with the hotshot in full stride, picked his spot in a typical trademark goal to cement the Blacks’ dominance.
While attempts from Nicolas Amstutz and Ian Morris could have added to the tally, it was the mysterious one yard from an open goal miss from Alex Wong would puzzle the masses, after having scored from the cracker from distance earlier in the game.
Though it was an almost complete display from the men in black, the last minute soft goal against was a fleeting annoyance, but one which was forgotten once the final whistle went.
Even in appreciating the manner of the win, with fine team performance and world class goals, the Blacks continue be remain wholeheartedly focused on the task ahead as they leave the bottom half of the table for the first time in the season.
Stay tuned to Hilderinc FC TV on YouTube to catch the match highlights.
Hilderinc FC 4 : The Legacy FC 1
Goals: Gabir Nabil (2), Alex Wong, Logaraj Sundram
MOM: Alex Wong
Yellow Cards: Kumaresan Maniam
Starting Line Up
1. Leon Lee
2. David Zheng
3. Denis Lobov
4. Azman Azmi
5. Alex Wong
6. Sunny Tharidu
7. Serhat Delbeyler
8. Peter Wang
9. Gabir Nabil
10. Ian Morris
11. Nicolas Amstutz
12. Lim Yong Kiat
13. Leslie Eng
14. Basil Al Barr
15. Azman Azmi
16. Parthiban Aruchamy
17. Mohammad Hissham
18. Kumaresan Maniam
19. Mohamed Al Hosani
20. Logaraj Sundram
Categories: Match Day