|Posted on June 20, 2016 at 2:30 AM|
Hilderinc FC were left searching for any semblance of rhythm exactly four weeks in between their last league fixture and their clash against Oooglee Boys FC, when they went down partly to two quick first half goals in their return to ESPZEN Sunday League action.
Though the Blacks did keep themselves busy with couple of friendlies along the way, the irregular schedule, disrupted chiefly by long weekend breaks, proved their undoing when they found themselves withdrawn when it mattered most.
While the Bendemeer Secondary School pitch has turned a bogey ground for the Blacks so far this season, having lost all three games played there, the finger must be firmly placed on their lack of energy and uninspiring performance.
Contrary to the final dealing, the pre-match formalities started brightly as the Hilderincs played host to special guests in Steve Hayward, their long time patron and Dave Pottinger, Director of English Football League 2 side, Crawly Town FC.
The feel-good factor translated unto the pitch as the Blacks started the game in positive fashion, pressing high and causing concern in the Oooglee Boys’ ranks.
However, it was soon to be apparent that despite the Hilderincs willingness, their spark was found wanting, as they failed to make decent account of their overall effort.
Although an effective backline limited the Boys to speculative long range attempts from distance, which were well handled by Bradley Martens, whose return to the side after two years due to his National Services was a pleasant delight, the Blacks looked unimaginative going forward, counting an Adib Alias header from a corner the closest they came to troubling the opponent’s goal.
While the tie looked headed for recess on level terms in a closely fought encounter, lapse in concentration saw them fall behind to two quick but avoidable goals, both against the run of play, with Keith Chiang scoring the opener against his former team.
And the script had it that the predatory forward would double his tally in typical fashion early in the second half, profiting from a mistake deep inside the Blacks’ half, leaving his previous mates in colour a mountain to scale.
Perennially doing things the hard way, the Hilderincs finally aroused themselves and got themselves back into the game, albeit belatedly.
However guilt-edge finishing meant that the Blacks had to wait a little longer before they got themselves back into the game.
The Hilderinc set-up for a tense finish when Alex Wong threw himself at a loose ball, forcing it into the back of the net, following a melee in the Boys’ penalty box after debutant and man of the match, Sam Thorley’s header of a corner was bundled out but left unresolved amongst the several bodies that were trying to intervene desperately.
With time against them, and the Oooglee Boys pinned back defending their cause, the Hilderincs, all but threw the kitchen sink in a frantic but late attempt salvage something out of the game only to come short at the final whistle.
Having eight more games from now till the end of the season, the Hilderincs still have much to play for, but will have to recover quickly and affirmatively, especially since they will face Division 4’s top team, FC Alyza in back to back fixtures after the end of the fasting month.
Oooglee Boys FC 3 : Hilderinc FC 1
Goal: Alex Wong
MOM: Sam Thorley
Starting Line Up
1. Bradley Martens
2. David Zheng
3. Sam Thorley
4. Michael Shankar
5. Alex Wong
6. Mathew Joseph
7. Adib Alias
8. Serhat Dalbeyler
9. Logaraj Sundram
10. Ian Morris
11. Satoki Yoshida
12. Bayu Tanmizi
13. Ryan Gogerty
14. Parthiban Aruchamy
15. Rama Witjaksono
16. Sashikumar Mahathevan
17. Kavin Singh
18. Vishal Rituraj
19. Chua Yuxuan
20. Peter Wang
21. Benoit Herbuat
Categories: Match Day