|Posted on April 13, 2015 at 1:05 AM|
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Hilderinc FC produced one of their best performance of the season when they ruined AC United by four goals without reply to remain top of the ESPZEN Sunday League 22 Division 5 table.
On an afternoon well remembered for the sweltering heat, the Hilderincs were on full throttle, rising above the merciless elements to steamroll past of one their rivals, who were hoping to make right their defeat at the hands of the Blacks earlier in the season.
However, the Blacks, eager to bounce back from their unfortunate defeat against Predators FC, were well stocked unlike two weeks ago when they were threadbare.
Buoyed by the acquisition of Gabir Nabil, one of the accomplished strikers in the League, and one who had been in the Blacks’ fantasy wish list for almost two years, the Hilderincs wasted little to set the tone for the day.
Within five minutes into his debut, the deadly Egyptian was up to his usual shenanigans, opening his account for the league leaders, profiting from a lovely pinpoint Mitchell Keh pass after the Blacks broke through in a blistering counterattack from defending a freekick.
Playing expansive and flowing football, with Jonathon Mok and Mohammad Hissham pulling the strings in the heart of the midfield, the Blacks, dominion in possession, were sublime.
After a couple of warning shots by Sashikumar Mahathevan and Jonathon Mok, and close offside calls, they increased their lead, again through Gabir Nabil, who was at the receiving end of a quick thinking ball from inside his own half by Mohammad Hissham, leaving the forward to finish with calmness personified.
Looking comfortable with the proceedings, a rare lapse nearly spoilt the pomp, but keeper Leon Lee kept up with his recent heroics with another outstanding save, adding to his ever increasing catalogue of outrageous stops.
That was as close as AC United got in the entire game, as the Blacks made it 3-0 at the midway point.
A corner from Ian Morris was superbly headed towards goal by Alex Wong, only to have it cleared off the line, but Mohammad Hissham, alert to the situation, responded the quickest to stab in for his first ever goal for the Hilderincs.
Undone by the spectacle of the forwards, the defensive quartet of Alex Wong, Jonny Hill, Nick O’Sullivan and Nicholas Ledenmark produced their own pageantry with exhibition style defending, with all its effective worth.
The Hilderincs were unfortunate to go into the break with only three goals in their credit, as Mitchell Keh, Jonathon Mok, Sashikumar Mahathevan and Gabir Nabil could have embarrassed their opponents had they all found the back of the net with their ventures.
While the Blacks rang in the changes with Jeevan, Dan Koh, David Zheng, Ted Kaneda were all added to the fray, they showed no effects of any transition whatsoever, but on the contrary, displayed a measured and matured performance, with keeping a clean sheet having become the main priority in the sapping weather.
But in less than ten minutes into the second period, the Blacks extended their lead further with their fourth, after Jonny Hill, seeing the keeper off his line, sent a dipping shot from 25 yards to compile AC United’s misery.
There was, however, no let-up in their attacking ambition as the Blacks struck the frame of the goal no less than three times through Mitchell Keh, twice, and a thumping header from Jeevan, and had it all gone in, it could have given the Blacks a double digit rout.
With two fixtures left in their season, and with their nearest rivals having a considerable amount of games in hand, the Blacks’ league position may not reflect reality, but they will be happy to stay there and let the rest catch them.
Hilderinc FC 4 : AC United 0
Goals: Gabir Nabil (2), Mohammad Hissham, Jonathon Hill
MOM: Nicholas Ledenmark
Yellow Card: Alex Wong
1. Leon Lee
2. Jonathon Hill
3. Nicholas Ledenmark
4. Nick O’ Sullivan
5. Alex Wong
6. Mohammad Hissham
7. Jonathon Mok
8. Sashikumar Mahathevan
9. Gabir Nabil
10. Ian Morris
11. Mitchell Keh
12. Tadao “Ted” Kaneda
13. David Zheng
14. Jeevan T Kannu
15. Dan Koh