|Posted on February 15, 2015 at 9:25 AM|
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A first half capitulation saw Hilderinc FC surrender their unbeaten home record as they suffered a heavy loss against PokeManrid FC, just ahead of the Lunar New Year break.
Having not experienced such profound defeat since June 2013, the Blacks were left licking their wounds as they gave up their status at the top of the Division 5 table with a limp performance, though the forced makeshift lineup, especially in the first half could render some defence.
Like the previous weekend, the Hilderincs were left scratching the bottom of the barrel, just to have enough to take on an opponent who had already taken points off the Blacks at home in their earlier fixture, when they both shared the points with a 1-1 draw.
Drafting in couple of Hilderinc Socials, recalling others who have been away and in need of serious match fitness; along with a guest player to assist, the Blacks were left wanting in strength, though the numbers were eventually settled.
The Blacks began the game with a lineup that reflected the lopsided options available as several were shifted from their usual positions just to commence the tie.
Right from the get go, the Blacks looked disjointed, with skipper Ian Morris leading the way with an awkward touch from kickoff, giving the initiative, needlessly, to their opponents.
Failing to settle into any sort of rhythm, the Blacks scurried their way, far cry from their usual display of aplomb.
Keeper Leon Lee was called into action early, when he did well to turn away a shot from distance, though it was only the beginning of a busy day for him in goal.
Not long after, the Blacks were behind due to a series of comical errors, which PokeManrid duly took advantage off, punishing the Hilderincs for their slack defending.
Attempts to get right back into the game proved harder than usual, as the Blacks, unimaginatively, found themselves bouncing off a quick and stoic PokeManrid defence, making to no headway whatsoever.
Unable to hold any reasonable possession, both teams scrapped about for a decent passage of play, though, PokeMandrid were faster in their approach, while the Blacks looked uncomfortable in dealing with the attention shown by their younger opponents.
Despite it becoming a fragmented affair, with the throw-in count increasing, the Blacks were two goal down when a mix up between the keeper and his defensive wall in front of him, in dealing with a freekick, saw an inviting shot find the back of the net, increasing PokeManrid’s lead and the Hilderincs’ distress.
Looking like a game that was going to be void of any attractiveness, PokeManrid did what mattered most when the Blacks gave away a cheap foul and failed to deal with the resultant freekick, for the third gifted goal for the opponents.
Trailing by three goals and hardly any decent effort on goal, the Blacks rang in the changes at the break, bringing on Logaraj Sundram, Takashi Ito, Goh Chong Wei and debutant guest, Sathiya Seth in an unprecedented shakeup.
The changes brought on a measured response from the Hilderincs, as they shook off their sloppiness of the first period.
Logaraj Sundram came inches from connecting with a Mitchell Keh freekick, which had it gone in, early in the restart, would have sparked a creditable fightback from the Blacks.
Just as the Blacks looked to have turned the corner and started to press for a way back into the game, a juvenile-ish freekick was conceded and they paid the price for it with another goal which could have been prevented.
With the size of the mountain now increased, all hopes of an incredulous comeback were buried when PokeManrid scored their fifth, to the embarrassment of the home team.
The Hilderincs did pull a goal back; a mere consolation by this time, when Logaraj Sundram pounced on a rebound after the PokeManrid keeper spilled an Ian Morris freekick.
They could have gotten a second when Ian Morris’ looping shot struck the angle of the post and stayed out, though PokeManrid could have added to their own tally prior to that.
Back to back defeats would ask serious questions of the Black’s chances of challenging for the title, matters that will be made worst with increasing unavailability of players due to injuries and personal reasons in the coming months.
Hilderinc FC 1 : PokeManrid FC 5
Goal: Logaraj Sundram
MOM: Sunny Tharidu
Starting Line Up
1. Leon Lee
2. Chun Yuxuan
3. Sunny Tharidu
4. Jeevan T Kannu
5. Suman Bhat
6. Jonathon Mok
7. Alex Wong
8. Sashikumar Mahathevan
9. Nicolas Scribe
10. Ian Morris
11. Mitchell Keh
12. Logaraj Sundram
13. Roy Fir
14. Jit Singh
15. Sathiya Seth
16. Goh Chong Wei
17. Takashi Ito
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