|Posted on April 13, 2018 at 12:20 AM|
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After two previous attempts at 7s football, Hilderinc Football Club were pleased to finally get going proper when they met Sengkang Rangers FC in the ESPZEN Midweek 7s League at the Premier Pitch at Turf City last night.
The Hilderincs, being one pioneers of this league, which is in itself in an embryonic and developmental stage, had to do with an opponent no-show and a claustrophobic second game, played with seven players in a highly restricted and less than ideal sized pitch, and hence, they were keen to make the most of their actual debut in 7s football.
As it was the topmost objective to use these midweek fixtures as an opportunity for training to boost match fitness and cohesion, in benefit of the Blacks’ Saturday and Sunday league sides, which remain their main priority, it was an excellent run out for all involved.
Playing against a side who have been perennial winners in various futsal competitions, the Hilderincs had to adapt quickly against the experienced Rangers who were in their element, playing in their comfort zone.
However, it was the Hilderincs who had the early initiative when they took the lead against their esteemed opponents when Sunny Tharidu played a prefect cross for Ian Morris to sweep in the lead.
Much against the odds, the Blacks had further opportunities to extend their lead with Sunny Tharidu, Ian Morris and debutant Edgar, coming close but were either denied by an alert Rangers goalkeeper or by efforts which were just off the mark.
While earning full marks for effort and endeavour, the Hilderincs’ forte as an 11-a-side team was soon exposed by Rangers, whose knowledge of concise play for the occasion began to show.
The Blacks, were caught off guard on several instances, as they allowed Rangers to do the basics of shooting at goal, as they learnt of the need to be extra vigilant on a smaller pitch as compared to their usual undertakings on a full arena.
Although they were beaten, it was certainly a productive outing for the Hilderincs, who did look a tat more practised in the second half as they were a little more assured and craved out further openings, and with more time in the 7s, they will surely hone themselves better, nonetheless, the full throttle midweek workout was a highly stimulating one for their exploits on Saturday and Sunday.
Hilderinc FC 1 : Sengkang Rangers FC 9
Goal: Ian Morris
MOM: Kavin Singh
1. Gopal Peethambaran
2. Kavin Singh
3. Dionisis Kolokotsas
4. Sunny Tharidu
6. Mathew Joseph
7. Ian Morris
8. Aldrin Julio
9. Parthiban Aruchamy
10. Nicholas Ledenmark
11. Indika Gayashan
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