|Posted on February 1, 2015 at 10:10 AM|
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While it was not the prettiest football from the Hilderincs against ESPZEN Sunday League debutants, W.T.O.S FC, a bitty performance was enough to send them to the summit of the Division 5 table.
By all accounts, it was nothing straightforward in the Blacks fourth win in five games, as at times, they were made to labour for their dues by an opponent seeking a prefect start to their campaign.
After securing late wins in two of their last game three games, the Blacks were sent the same course when they found themselves unexpectedly a goal behind early in the game after self induced indecisiveness saw W.T.O.S FC bundle in the lead against the run of play, much a result of their own untidiness.
Even after several warning signs of a possible upset on the cards, the Blacks were off their usual pace, allowing their opponents disproportionate possession, especially in their own half.
Seeking a way back into the game, the Blacks brought on Sashikumar Mahathevan for debutant, Jack Fleet, who had an unenviable task of getting to terms with an atrocious weather on his bow.
The early change proved to be a blessing in disguise as it was Sashikumar who got the Blacks on level terms after he scooped the ball in and off the crossbar, after getting it from Logaraj Sundram on edge of the box.
With parity restored, the Blacks finally found their stride and started asking questions of their ambitious opponents.
They had the perfect opportunity to take the lead midway through the half when Jonny Hill was a recipient of a penalty decision, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Ian Morris, who had not missed a penalty in a competitive game in over ten years stepped up to take the spot kick but to everyone’s disbelieve, he put it wide.
However, there was no denying the Blacks the lead when Sashikumar scored with an audacious back heel, turning in Jonny Hill’s shot in what will certainly be a goal of the season contender.
It could have been added upon when the Blacks, surviving a scare at their end when W.T.O.S hit the post with a freekick, broke free in a blistering counterattack.
Logaraj Sundram, sprinting clear with the ball, dragged it across the face of the six yard box for Ian Morris who had covered the length of the pitch to be at the end of it, but in what was a face in the hands moment, the veteran sent the ball over from being just inches in front of the goal.
The skipper’s wastefulness in front of goal was to have an impact on the proceedings of the game; because the tie could have been settled had the chances were converted but it gave W.T.O.S FC the belief that they can grab something out of it.
And they did so with an equaliser from a freekick to level the score and bring the Hilderincs back to the drawing board again.
It did not take too long for the Blacks to regain the advantage when quick thinking by Logaraj Sundram and Guy Heskins, allowed the latter to pick the former and the Hilderinc forward calmly restored the lead with his fourth goal in as many games; and with that goal, a topsy turvy first half was brought to an end.
Though there were no further goals in the second period, it more than made up for a feisty encounter with the Blacks living on the edge, testing their own defensive capabilities at times.
While the Blacks were denied another clear penalty, the game came to a boil when Ian Morris got into an altercation with a W.T.O.S player, which nearly set off a chain reaction and the Blacks’ captain was wisely taken off the heat, more for his ineffective display rather than his huffy dispute.
The scoreline could have been all different when Nick O’Sullivan was harshly penalised for a bad handball call inside the box but keeper Lim Yong Kiat came to the rescue when he superbly saved the penalty to safe guard all three points, along with two others saves he made in a period of W.T.O.S offensive.
As the Blacks held on to secure another win, improvement will be needed if they intent to last the title race as they soon reach the halfway mark in their season.
Hilderinc FC 3 : W.T.O.S FC 2
Goal: Sashikumar Mahathevan (2), Logaraj Sundram
MOM: Sashikumar Mahathevan
Yellow Card: Sunny Tharidu
Starting Line Up
1. Lim Yong Kiat
2. Jonny Hill
3. Nick O’Sullivan
4. Nicholas Ledenmark
5. Alex Wong
6. Azman Azmi
7. Rama Witjaksono
8. Guy Heskins
9. Logaraj Sundram
10. Ian Morris
11. Jack Fleet
12. Sashikumar Mahathevan
13. David Zheng
14. Takashi Ito
15. Chua Yuxuan
16. Sunny Tharidu
17. Roy Fir
Categories: Match Day