|Posted on November 27, 2011 at 9:15 AM|
Harvester FC ensured that history did not repeat itself when they overcame BDB FC with another sublime team performance.
The previous outing in the League Cup started a six game defeat on the trot; and this time around the Blacks hope that it would be the start of an upward climb as they chalked up back to back wins for the first time this season.
Despite the last minute withdrawals by Kavin Singh, Sai Tiong Seng, Saifudin Rahman and Jasveer Singh, the Blacks had enough firepower to rule the roast.
The Blacks started with much of the team that began against Sina FC last weekend with the exception of Sashikumar who was picked in place of Logaraj and Stanley Goh who returned after a three week absence.
It was all Harvester right from the get go as they took control of the game not allowing DBD FC any momentum whatsoever.
The confidence of the team was apparent as they played their legendary pass and move football of the not too distant past, which somehow deserted them for much of 2011.
With Shahreen Sofan and Mohana Raj pulling the strings in the middle of the park, Jason Lu and Wisely Chan were given the freedom to venture forward with purposeful intend with Khairul Mohammad and Azman Azmi sweeping up everything before it even reached Stanley Goh and Leslie Eng.
It was not long before that the Blacks started to threaten the BDB goal as they force some desperate defending. It was anywhere will do for the team in white as they struggled to come to terms with a fluid HFC at their best.
A couple of shots and a header off a corner were indication that the Blacks were knocking on the door and it was about time that the shaky White defence would collapse.
The Blacks did cement their dominance midway through the first half when a Wisely Chan forced a corner was aimed at Khairul Mohammad at the near post by Ian Morris. The right back’s smart dummy caught everyone off guard but predatory Jason Lu who read the intentions well and slotted in for the opener.
It was not long before when goal scorer Jason turned provider when he threaded in an excellent weighted pass to Ian Morris from inside his own half. The skipper sprang the offside trap, raced through on goal and finished off with an exquisite curling pass into the net, beating the keeper from outside the sixteen yard box.
The Blacks in rampant mood could and should have added a couple more goals before the break when Jason Lu once more was up to his deadly passing self when he found Sashikumar just as he did earlier for the second goal but Blacks’ top scorer did not take his chance quick enough, only to be snuffed out by a backtracking defence.
The game was brought to a halt with Harvester FC encamped in the BDB FC’s half giving no room for the opponents to play.
Changes were made during the break with debutant Simon Labs, the first German to play for the Blacks was introduced alongside Logaraj Sundram, Kumaresan, Dominic Chan and Gopal Peethambaran.
Staying true to one bad habit of the Blacks so far this season, they started to go astray allowing the team in white to get back into the game, which they never had the luxury of doing so in the first half.
Stray passes and needless self-induced pressure had HFC on the back foot in the opening minutes much to the disgust of skipper Ian Morris who watched seething from the touchline.
With Logaraj and Simon Labs leading the frontline, the Blacks looked lively upfront as they worked well despite having never seen each other before.
Labs nearly made a dream debut when his stinging long range shot was magnificently saved by the BDB FC keeper. Logaraj was also unlucky to finish off on a couple of occasions.
That was good as it got for the Blacks as at the other end they continued to make life difficult for themselves.
They duly paid for their lapse when the Whites managed to get the ball over the left side of the defence, and having been caught out of position, they were unable to stop BDB from pulling a goal back.
It was totally unnecessary for the Blacks to concede a goal when they were superior in every department on the field.
Seeing the game not progressing as it should, the Blacks rang out the changes with Ian Morris, Sashikumar and Shahreen Sofan re-entering the action. Another trialist in Daryl Wong also got his chance to impress the masses as he too was brought on with Jit Singh and Henry Neo.
The changes seem to have the desired effect as Harvester FC regained control of the game and pushed BDB back into their own half again.
Logaraj continued to impress with his runs even though he was pushed to the right flank with the re-introduction of Sashikumar.
The Blacks were inches away from extending their lead when a corner taken by Shahreen was left uncleared by a panicking defence. The ball felt nicely to Ian Morris, whose shot cannoned off the crossbar and the rebound high and wide by Mohana Raj.
Harvester FC did get their goal and it was another well worked team display when Logaraj running down the right flank found Ian Morris by his side. The skipper’s deft layoff was dispatched into the top left corner of the net by Mohana Raj who had been trying the whole afternoon with his shots at goal.
It proved the decisive goal as it killed off any resolve the Whites had to get back into the game.
It was another sublime performance by Harvester FC especially in the first half when they were a delight to behold.
With APFC following up next Sunday, the Blacks will hope that their recent resurgence will hold up against the unbeaten league leaders who hold a one hundred percent win record so far in Division 12.
HFC 3 : DBD FC 1
Scorers: Jason Lu, Ian Morris, Mohana Raj
Yellow Card: Mohana Raj
MOM: Shahreen Sofan
1. Simon Khaw
2. Leslie Eng
3. Stanley Goh
4. Azman Azmi
5. Khairul Mohammad
6. Shahreen Sofan
7. Mohana Raj
8. Jason Lu
9. Wisely Chan
10. Ian Morris
12. Dominic Chan
13. Logaraj Sundram
14. Henry Neo
15. Jit Singh
17. Simon Labs
18. Daryl Wong
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