|Posted on November 12, 2017 at 12:35 AM|
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Halloween might have been over for couple of weeks now, but Hilderinc FC could honestly be forgiven to wonder if they were stuck in some sort of haunting vortex, suffering another undeserved defeat at Anderson Secondary School.
While such superstition can be viewed as excessive credulous belief, as especially to draw away blame for one’s shortcomings, the fact that the Blacks’ all three defeats this season have come at the same pitch, and in bewildering circumstances, could lend some credibility to the myth, how far-fetched it may seem.
Any efforts to remedy last weekend’s late capitulation against Snipers FC was immediately put in disarray when no less than six players were rendered unavailable, leaving the Hilderincs scratching the bottom of the barrel for resources, only an eleventh hour confirmation by Mitchell Keh and Lim Yong Kiat ensured a playable quorum.
Having surrendered a two goal lead to be held to a 2-2 draw in the earlier meeting, the Blacks were fully aware of the dangers Dreamteam FC could pose, but after the initial positive start when Erdogan Albay nearly found the back of the net in the opening seconds, the Hilderincs found themselves behind when a throw-in was inadvertently diverted unto the path of the opposing forward to score.
However, it was from another Dreamteam throw-in that the Hilderincs drew level when they sweep through, turning defence into attack in a swift counter before Erdogan Albay send Marko Belak through.
The youngster carried on from where he left off last week, and sent the ball across the face of the six yard box for Mitchell Keh to apply the final touch.
While both teams were locked in a midfield battle, the referee, who had some strange decisions against the Hilderincs, topped it off by penalising Chua Yuxuan for the slightest of contact inside the box.
Though Lim Yong Kiat did well to go the right way and nearly got his hand to the ball, he was unfortunate to be beaten from the spotkick.
Undeterred, the Hilderincs pressed on and were deservedly rewarded after Denis Lobov thumped in Erdogan Albay’s excellently taken cornerkick to draw level.
And the German, who was in the thick of everything productive alongside Diogo Baptista in the heart of the midfield, was inches from putting the Blacks ahead just before the break, but was unable to keep his attempt down from close range.
The game, largely played in competitive but fair-spirit, turned into a regressive farce when couple of Dreamteam players set the tone when they decided that they needed more than footballing skills and added wanton belligerent to make up for their lack of bare minimum level of sportsmanship.
Un-helped by a referee, who neither looked to possess the moral courage to stamp out the increasing cantankerous approach, nor had the awareness to make able decisions, awarded a dubious freekick against the run of play, from which Dreamteam scored with a well taken set-piece.
The Hilderincs, now up against a feeble official and a hostile opponent, "inspired” by the two pugnacious elements within their ranks, were highly fortunate to have Marko Belak on the pitch after he, like Erdogan Albay, came under violent abuse from the aforementioned duo.
First escaping a studs up leg breaking tackle, for which the offender walked away with a mere yellow card after the referee lacked the courage to show a lawful red, and then receiving a pre-mediated blow to the chest, the second of two unprovoked attacks that were caught clearly on Hilderinc FC TV’s video footage.
Despite these, the Blacks refused to lie down and pulled level for the third time in the game after Diogo Baptista scored his first goal for the Club with a well taken volley.
But for all the struggle and fight back, the Hilderincs were undone by another self-inflicted late goal to condemn them to their second successive defeat, and all but end their season’s objectives.
Hilderinc Football Club and their Anderson Secondary School Curse
• All three of the Blacks defeats this season has come at the same pitch, all by the odd goal; Magista FC 3-4, Snipers FC 2-3, Dreamteam FC 3-4
• All three losses were through late goals coming in the final 10 minutes or later.
• Two of the defeats were with the Blacks in the lead until the final 15 minutes or later.
• The same referee officiated in two of the defeats, Magista FC and Dreamteam FC.
• In both games, the referee awarded highly debateable penalties and freekicks which resulted in goals.
Going further than this season,
• The Blacks lost both their games at the pitch last season in their debut ESPZEN Saturday League campaign.
• They have not won at Anderson Secondary School pitch since their 6-0 thrashing of Smartmat FC in August 2011 when both teams made their debuts in the ESPZEN Sunday League 16, since then, they have lost to Vietnam United and drawn with Smartmat FC.
Hilderinc FC 3 : Dreamteam FC 4
Goals: Mitchell Keh, Denis Lobov, Diogo Baptista
MOM: Diogo Baptista
1. Lim Yong Kiat
2. Chua Yuxuan
3. Denis Lobov
4. Nicholas Ledenamark
5. Mike De Barr
6. Erdogan Albay
7. Diogo Baptista
8. Hoonki Song
9. Mitchell Keh
10. Ian Morris
11. Marko Belak
12. Sunny Tharidu
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