|Posted on November 8, 2015 at 11:45 PM|
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Hilderinc FC geared up for the crucial, season defining three weeks in November, when they will face Vincitore FC, Singapore Panthers FC and Division 4’s top team, Teban Thunders, with a friendly game where the goal return did not quite match up with their usual high standards.
Despite netting eight times in a game where they were the superior of the lot, their stuttering and inconsistent display brought much needed retrospective to their task ahead as they approach the second half of the season.
A hat-trick from Sashikumar Mahathevan, a Serhat Dalbeyler brace, and goals from Nicolas Amstutz, Peter Wang and an Alex Wong penalty were highlights of the game in which the Blacks welcomed, Kavin Singh, who was playing his first game in two years, and Daryl Wong, whose inclusion was delightful, while the debut of Maxence De Poulpiquet re-established the Blacks’ French connection.
With an eye firmly on next week’s game against Vincitore FC, the Blacks pulled all stops in naming a strong starting eleven, with Mitchell Keh and Bayu Tanmizi returning from their recent injuries, and pleasingly, an equally strong bench, despite the absence of several mainstay.
Wasting little time on pleasantries, the Blacks were up within 98 seconds when Serhat Dalbeyler picked his spot with a sweet volley to set the tone for the day.
Though the chasm between the sides were evident, the Hilderincs made matters less straightforward for themselves with a hurried approach, which lacked the desired control and fluidity.
Unable to effectively dictate the proceedings, they allowed unnecessary attention from an opportunistic opponents, who tried to make the most of the chances that came their way.
Though the Blacks’ backline and goalkeeper were not duly troubled, it was preventable work at that, but in truth, could have been a different prospect against a more established side, especially since the friendly was set up to prepare against such.
Dominant but not dominating, it took the Hilderincs nine minutes to sure up the lead through Nicolas Amstutz, who finished calmly after being picked up by Serhat Dalbeyler.
And it was Serhat who got his brace within fifteen minutes, and the Blacks’ third when he again pick the corner of the goal after Salon 1 FC failed to clear their lines from a corner, reinforcing his governing performance in the middle of the park.
Coming under the cosh at times, it took a superb point blank save from Lim Yong Kiat to keep the Hilderincs’ goal intact and for Salon 1 from gaining any more confidence before the break.
Sashikumar Mahathevan lashed in a fourth goal from distance, after a static Salon 1 FC backline were caught ball watching, taking the Blacks into the break with a commanding lead against a less than prefect show, though Denis Lobov could have added a fifth after coming close with a header from a corner.
If going into the second period four goal down would knock any other team off the stride, Salon 1 FC showed none of that when they pulled goal back in the opening minutes of the restart, profiting from slack marking off a routine corner.
The Hilderincs responded almost immediately with a well worked move involving Gabir Nabil and Ian Morris, with the latter setting up Peter Wang for his first goal for the Hilderincs to restore the four goal advantage.
In a game that was going back and forth due to lack of considerable control, the crossbar came into the aid of the Blacks, after another unmarked header from Salon I FC crashed against it, before Denis Lobov put his body in the line to prevent another quick reply.
The Blacks were handed a goalkeeping crisis after Lim Yong Kiat was taken off due to injury, and with Gopal Peethambaran and Leon Lee unavailable, Parthiban Aruchamy was handed the gloves in a surprise move.
However, the defender turned makeshift goalkeeper repaid the faith in him with two good saves, though a softly given penalty would deny him of a prefect debut in goal.
Daryl Wong’s shot would hit the crossbar before the Hilderincs complete the rout with three late goals as the gulf in experience and fitness levels began to show.
Nicolas Amstutz cross was turned in by Sashikumar Mahathevan as the attire Salon 1 FC naively stopped playing, hoping for an offside call, but the referee saw no grounds for complains.
Alex Wong, followed up with his belter last week with a penalty after he was brought down in the box following a cheeky run were he attempted to take on the entire Salon 1 backline.
However, the most tasteful goal of the eight was reserved for the end when Gabir Nabil, put through by Daryl Wong and clear on goal, decided, in a great show of class, to lay it off to Sashikumar for a simple tap in to seal his hat-trick, a testament of unquestionable level of team spirit within the Hilderinc camp.
The worth of the opposing keeper might lead to discussion on the ease in which the Hilderincs got their goals, but the quality of the attempts would have certainly given the even the better ones a run for their money.
While it was not a vintage display by the Hilderincs by any means, it was a perfect opportunity to prepare for next weekend’s league clash against Vincitore FC in more than one ways.
Hilderinc FC 8 : Salon 1 FC 2
Goals: Sashikumar Mahathevan (3), Serhat Dalbeyler (2), Nicolas Amstutz, Peter Wang, Alex Wong (Pen)
Yellow Card: Kumaresan Maniam
Starting Line Up
1. Lim Yong Kiat
2. Basil Al Barr
3. Nicholas Ledenmark
4. Denis Lobov
5. Alex Wong
6. Bayu Tanmizi
7. Serhat Dalbeyler
8. Sashikumar Mahathevan
9. Nicolas Amstutz
10. Ian Morris
11. Mitchell Keh
12. Parthiban Aruchamy
13. Mohammad Hissham
14. Peter Wang
15. Daryl Wong
16. Kumaresan Maniam
17. Logaraj Sundram
18. Kavin Singh
19. Maxence De Poulpiquet
20. Shadiq Al Hussain
Categories: Match Day