|Posted on November 5, 2017 at 12:25 AM|
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Hilderinc FC’s return to league action after two weeks went anything but according to an expected plan when they played architects of their own downfall after letting slip the lead in the final quarter to suffer a highly maddening defeat, a recur they have been guilty of the previous two times they dropped points in the ESPZEN Saturday League 18 Division 3 race.
Needing to keep pace with the pacesetters, the Blacks trip-up at the midway point of their campaign could have more damaging consequence for their ambition of promotion, especially when they are expected to conclude their fixtures earlier than the rest.
Despite making a positive start, asking all the right questions of Snipers FC in a tightly fought contest, the Blacks found themselves a goal down after they were punished for indecisiveness around the own defensive third.
However, it was an immediate response from the Blacks who leveled the score within 86 seconds later after they equalised direct from a cornerkick to take their game on par into the break.
Resuming the second half in similar fashion to where they left off, the Hilderincs, though having to content with a Sniper side who increased the tempo, needed less than three minutes to take the lead through Marko Belak, who scored his first goal for the Blacks with a well taken shot after creating the opportunity for himself following a good build up from his supporting casts, especially Hoonki Song, who found him in the box with an impeccable cross.
Vast chunk of the proceeding minutes were dominated by the Hilderincs, though it took a fine save from Lim Yong Kiat midway through to deny the Snipers a rare sniff on goal, but by and large, the Blacks’ defensive quartet were on top of all exploratory forays.
However, with fifteen minutes left on the clock, the wheels started to come off the Hilderinc wagon, first when a speculative attempt from the middle of a short pitch was allowed to sneak into the back of the net.
But even at that point, Mitchell Keh was just inches from restoring the lead when his long range attempt bounced agonisingly off the crossbar when everyone present had thought the ball was heading into goal.
With just five minutes left and chasing to regain the advantage as even a draw would have been a massive letdown, the Hilderincs’ calamitous shenanigans in casual pressure smacked them in the face after Snipers stole all three points, quite literally, from under the noses.
Mitchell Keh was again closest to save the day for the Blacks but his close range attempt at the dead was denied by the Snipers’ goalkeeper for the last action of the game.
Alarmingly, having lost eight points in the last quarter of games from winning positions, the Hilderincs must arrest the trend immediately, especially with games running out fast.
Hilderinc FC 2 : Snipers FC 3
Goals: Ian Morris, Marko Belak
MOM: Marko Belak
Yellow Card: Lim Yong Kiat
1. Sunny Tharidu
2. Goh Heng Kiat
3. Denis Lobov
4. Dionisis Kolokotsas
5. Mike De Barr
6. Jon Loh
7. Adib Alias
8. Diogo Baptista
9. Hoonki Song
10. Ian Morris
11. Max Monange
12. Lim Yong Kiat
13. Nicholas Ledenmark
14. Glenn Sandhu
15. Omar Mahnin
16. Marko Belak
17. Raihan Hamzah
18. Mitchell Keh
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