|Posted on May 1, 2017 at 5:50 AM|
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Following last weekend hard fought win, Hilderinc Twā FC’s momentum was sloppily halted despite the Blacks putting on a creditable display against Black Knights FC in the SG Merlion Sunday Cup 2017.
Having played the Knights in two previous friendlies in July last year under HFC, it was current Sunday Blacks’ first competitive encounter against a much attuned opponent.
Truth to foreknowledge, the Hilderincs mirrored the Knights in a slow built-up football, as supposed to the breakneck speed football employed by the prior Sunday’s Burmese challengers.
Despite the unhurried approach by both team, the Blacks were the more industrious and were the first to test the contenders’ resolve when Fahmi Noor’s goalbound header off a Kavin Singh long throw was cleared off the line.
Further attempts by Mathew Joseph, Kumaresan Maniam, Rama Witjaksono and Sashikumar Mahathevan were kept out by fortuitous goalkeeping or defending in a half that saw little threat to the Hilderincs’ goal where Liao Jincai played a largely ceremonial role, though he kept his concentration level at the peak when he was called into action towards the end.
As expected, the Black Knights started the second period with an increased tempo, choosing the more direct approach after they found the Hilderinc backline of Kavin Singh, Nicholas Ledenmark, Mick De Bear and Darren Tan impregnable.
But yet again it was the Blacks that were the shaper and were mere inches away from taking the lead after Sashikumar Mahathevan sent the ball over the onrushing keeper, but was unfortunate to see his attempt drift wide of the post at the last second.
And if inches make a difference in a football game, the Blacks were handed the short end of the straw after the Black Knights took the lead against the run of play after an intelligent through ball and equally quick-thinking run and finish by the Knights skipper saw the ball bounce into the back of the net in off the post.
The Twās wasted little time in self-pity and responded positively with Kumaresan Maniam’s long freekick deceived everyone and almost crept into goal if not for the keeper who tipped it over.
In a matter of minutes, the Hilderincs were level after a fine team goal was finished off by the enthusiastic Rama Witjaksono who applied the final touches to a delightful Omar Mahnin ball into the danger zone.
After a couple of warning shots from the Logaraj-Omar combination, the Twās took the lead after goal scorer Rama Witjaksono turned provider when he sent Logaraj Sundram through on goal.
And with the forward in deadly form, was never going to miss from inside the box as he gave the Blacks the lead with his fifth goal in as many games with just seven minutes remaining on the clock.
Despite the fact that the Knights looked shell-shocked at the Hilderincs comeback, the lead lasted just under two minutes as a speculative ball into the penalty area was inadvertently setup for an acrobatic finish.
Though it was a finish for the cameras, it was the Blacks inattentiveness that made the goal look good and denied them the rightful three points.
However, full credit to the Twās who took the fight to the wire, nearly nipping it at the death when Kumaresan Maniam’s freekick was fumbled by the goalkeeper but as inches went, managed to push it over the crossbar before it dropped behind him.
While the end result was not accommodating, the Sunday Hilderincs are well and truly in good process as they work towards building an exciting and formidable side to take on greater challenges in the near future.
Hilderinc FC 2 : Black Knights FC 2
Goals: Rama Witjaksono, Logaraj Sundram
MOM: Kavin Singh
Starting Line Up
1. Liao Jincai
2. Darren Tan
3. Kavin Singh
4. Nicholas Ledenmark
5. Michael De Bear
6. Fahmi Noor
7. Rama Witjaksono
8. Mathew Joseph
9. Sashikumar Mahathevan
10. Mohanaraj Saravanan
11. Kumaresan Maniam
12. Omar Mahnin
13. Basil Al Barr
14. Logaraj Sundram
Categories: Match Day