|Posted on March 1, 2015 at 11:00 PM|
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Any lingering hopes, albeit slim, harboured by Hilderinc FC were killed off with an unexpected defeat against CPL FC, when they fell to their third straight defeat in the ESPZEN Sunday League 22, their first since League 19.
Injuries and player unavailabilities have taken the wheel off what started off as a promising season, though their current standing in the Division 5 table appears more of a prop up for the chasing pack rather than indication of reality.
Stripped of the regulars, especially in defence and midfield, the Blacks were forced into their hat trick of makeshift line ups, with apart from goalkeeper, Lim Yong Kiat and attacking trio of, Mitchell Keh, Logaraj Sundram and Sashikumar Mahathevan, only Nicholas Ledenmark and Rama Witjaksono played in their natural positions.
Mohammad Hissham, making his Hilderinc bow, was unfairly thrown into the deep end in the heart of the midfield despite lacking in competitive match fitness, as the Blacks sought to make the most of the resources at their disposal, which included Andy Mackay and Dan Kok, both returning back to action after more than a month away, along with Hilderinc Social, Nikki Wong, who was drafted in to make the numbers.
Coming into the game unbeaten against CPL FC in their previous meetings, the Blacks were confident of bouncing back from their recent defeats, but the earlier minutes gave a clear indication that it was not going to be easy as before.
The game, devoid of any spectacle, was a laboured affair with both teams, with contrasting style of play, sought to break each other down, with little progress, though CPL FC were allowed undue opportunities to cause the Blacks some discomfort, with keeper Yong Kiat getting down well to made a fine save on one occasion.
While the Blacks came close with freekicks from Ian Morris, Mitchell Keh and Jonathon Mok, their ability for variation in play provided the edge and a well worked moved gave them the lead midway through the half.
Logaraj Sundram, winning the ball in his own half, played a neat one two with Sashikumar Mahathevan and upon receiving it back, took on the CPL defence before intelligently picking his spot to put the Blacks in front.
It was as good as it got for the Hilderincs, who’s uncharacteristic and unnecessarily hurried football, lacking in their usual possession and control, became their own undoing when they conceded a penalty close to half time.
With CPL FC making no mistake from the spot, the Blacks headed into the break in disarray, in more than one ways.
Going into the second period on parity, CPL FC found extra motivation to take the play to the Blacks with much more pressing than they did in the earlier half.
While the Blacks repelled any efforts by the opponents to break through, there was little going forward, as their retrospective play starved the frontline of any decent service.
Living on the edge, the Blacks had Nicholas Ledenmark to thank after the defender got back quick enough to make a last ditch clearance.
The theme was to continue and the Blacks were duly caught asleep when a routine ball into the box from a freekick was left unattended, allowing CPL FC to steal a win.
Jeevan, coming close with a header from a freekick was the only real response the Blacks had to save the game in which they went out limply, suffering their second defeat at home in a row.
With four defeats already this term, the focus now will turn to damage control for the Hilderincs, as they work to stop their season from derailing, something they will have to do immediately, as they have left themselves with no room to manoeuvre.
Hilderinc FC 1 : CPL FC 2
Goal: Logaraj Sundram
MOM: Nicholas Ledenmark
Yellow Cards: Jeevan, Lim Yong Kiat, Rama Witjaksono
1. Lim Yong Kiat
2. Nicholas Ledenmark
3. Jonathon Mok
4. Chen Yuxuan
5. David Zheng
6. Mohammad Hissham
7. Rama Witjaksono
8. Sashikumar Mahathevan
9. Logaraj Sundram
10. Ian Morris
11. Mitchell Keh
12. Jeevan T Kannu
13. Andy Mackay
14. Dan Koh
15. Nikki Wong
Categories: Match Day