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Blacks Blip After Suicidal Late Show

Posted on August 18, 2018 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)


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On the back of scoring 13 goals in their last two in-between league friendlies, Hilderinc FC were on the receiving end after a Jekyll and Hyde display saw them lose with four philanthropical second half goals against Techwood FC at Queenstown Secondary School.


While friendly games are always put into perspective against the large scheme of things of match fitness, player introduction and certain level of experimentation, but the manner of the late self-inflicted collapse must provide a timely reminder against any uncritical satisfaction heading into the business end of a title chasing campaign.


Faced with a prospect of starting the game with ten men, the Blacks had a 14 year old spectator thrown in to the mix in order to have numerical parity before kickoff.


Despite the unfamiliarity of playing a 3-4-3 formation, with no less than six players returning from a long break and two debutants, the Hilderincs looked good value for money against the an opponent with an admirable almost 40 year history, and who were looking to exert themselves in the early minutes.


And though well kept at bay by veterans Dionisis Kolokotsas and Kavin Singh, along with Sunny Tharidu and Club president, Simon Khaw in goal, a rare moment of inattentiveness allowed Techwood to sneak in the lead from a routine freekick.


And unsurprisingly, the Hilderinc’s response was measured and focused as Diogo Baptista, supported by Sergey Darovskikh in a deliberately planned role, grew into the proceedings with Sean Tan and Thenesh also impressing on their bows in the colours.


With the remaining half hour, with the reorganisation to their usual setup and the introduction of the likes of Basil Al Barr, Nabil Zahrif, Jon Loh and Kumaresan Maniam, the Blacks added to their dimensions with sustained possession and their renowned pass and move football, keeping the opponents stranded inside their own half.


But despite the first-rate industry, they were unable to find the leveler with the opportunities they created as they went into the break still a goal down.


The restart proved to be a curious one as the game took a rather docile tone as compared to the diligence of the first period.


Both teams struggling to make meaningful in-roads, it was a prolonged phase of hit and miss football, hoping something might come off with each speculative effort.


Going into the final half an hour, and looking likely to be a drab contrast to the first half, the Hilderincs finally sprang some zest into the game though it was still short of their usual pomp.


Pressing for an equaliser, Omar Mahnin’s attempt at goal was deflected for a corner, and having a habit of trying at least once in every game, Ian Morris caught the Techwood keeper off guard by squeezing the ball into the near post direct from the cornerkick.


Despite having finally leveled the score, the Blacks’ joy was exasperatedly short-lived when within minutes they found themselves a goal down again when an unforced mix-up, the first of four, undid them.


Yet again the Hilderincs demonstrated their intent through a magnificent long range belter from Kumaresan Maniam, drawing parity for the second time and with just minutes left on the clock

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However, like a recurring nightmare, Techwood took their chances and regained their lead through another horrendous mistake under no significant pressure, and would go to dumbfound the Blacks by scoring two more goals, with all three coming in the final 5 minutes in aid of some scandalous charity from the Hilderincs.


Making reference to earlier-mentioned perspective, the Blacks, though irritated on the count of their high standards, will take conciliatory consolation that if any slipup was due; it arrived in a friendly game rather than a high stakes fixture.


Also taking positives, the Hilderincs will consider the fact that several players were short of match fitness while others were building synergy as they use these friendlies to bring synchronisation to the squad depth, especially in the absence of others.


Final Score

Hilderinc FC 2 : Techwood FC 5

Goals: Ian Morris, Kumaresan Maniam


Staring Lineup

1. Simon Khaw

2. Dionisis Kolokotsas

3. Kavin Singh

4. Sunny Tharidu

5. Sergey Darovskikh

6. Diogo Baptista

7. Sean Tan

8. Omar Mahnin

9. Casimir Simon

10. Ian Morris


Substitute

11. Basil Al Barr

12. Jon Loh

13. Kumaresan Maniam

14. Nabil Zahrif

15. Nicholas Ledenmark

16. Thenesh






Blacks Hit Seven On A Canter

Posted on August 11, 2018 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (1)


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What should have been a step towards first of their season’s objectives, Hilderinc FC’s preparation for the ESPZEN Saturday League was disrupted when their opponents, Hiadis FC, successfully applied for a postponement of the fixture, leaving the Blacks to occupy themselves with a friendly game instead.


Continuing to showcase their depth, despite missing several starters, the Blacks were in formidable strength was they took on Black Cats FC.


Making five changes to the team that started against FC Hospitality, the Hilderincs handed Sergey Darovskikh his long awaited debut, though the Russian had a taste of Singapore amateur football when he turned up for the Hilderinc Twā last Sunday.


While the money would have been on the Blacks to come off the blocks roaring, it was somewhat a casual start, uncharacteristic of a side known for their early pressing football.


Though the opening charge was from the “home” side, they were unfortunate to find themselves a goal down inside three minutes when Sergey Darovskikh was harshly penalised for a soft handball, which the Cats put away from the spot, though that would be their only meaningful attempt at Liao Jincai in goal.


Jolted, the Blacks response was instantaneous and could have level matters three minutes later through Shiv Tulsani, whose bright header brought an equally fine save from the keeper.


While the Hilderincs were peppering the Cats with several efforts, it took them until the 28th minute to store parity when a freekick from the halfway line by Goh Heng Kiat was played unto the path of Aamir Fikri by Ian Morris and Darren Tan for the young forward to put his shot past a helpless keeper.


Having waited for the leveller, the goal opened the floodgates as the Blacks went riot from then on.


Within four minutes the Hilderinc were ahead through a lovely Shiv Tulsani volley after Kumaresan Maniam’s cornerkick was played into his sights by Aamir Fikri, taking the advantage into the break.


The second half began as the first period ended, with the Hilderincs in the box seat and pressing hard at every opportunity despite an alternation of formation.


Six minutes of the restart the Blacks extended their lead when Nabil Zahrif found the top left-hand corner from outside the box with a Cristian Peligros-tic shot after receiving the ball from the ever impressive Mikael Michalowski.


And it was fitting that the versatile youngster would get his name on the scoresheet with a well-taken half-volley to solidify the Hilderincs’ dominance.


With the Blacks lining up for a pop at goal at every chance, the Black Cats were left hanging, but confidence rising with each foray, there was no let up as they turned up the heat.


Shiv Tulsani was next to show his proficiency with another impression goal, which the forward would claim full credit for.


Not content with stripping any resolve from the opponents, the Hilderincs went from the jugular and completed the rout with two opportunistic but keenly executed goals from Casimir Simon towards the end, a fast becoming a trademark of the big forward.


While the goal count would be the main talking point, the manner of the team display has been a delight for the Blacks, though there are areas for improvement which the Hilderincs will continue to work on as they keep their feet firmed planted as they fix their eyes on the prize.


Final Score

Hilderinc FC 7 : Black Cats FC 1

Goals: Shiv Tulsani (2), Casimir Simon (2), Aamir Fikri, Nabil Zahrif, Mikael Michalowski


Staring Lineup

1. Liao Jincai “JC”

2. Sergey Darovskikh

3. Goh Heng Kiat

4. Mikael “Mika” Michalowski

5. Basil Al Barr

6. Darren Tan

7. Kumaresan Maniam

8. Sebastian Eraso

9. Shiv Tulsani

10. Ian Morris

11. Nabil Zahrif


Substitute

12. Aamir Fikri

13. Casimir Simon

14. Kavin Singh

15. Melvin Tan






Hilderincs March On With Pertinacious Display

Posted on August 5, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (1)


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Heading into the second half of their ESPZEN Saturday League campaign, Hilderinc FC returned to competitive duties with a highly “professional” outing against FC Hospitality, keeping their objectives firmly in the crosshairs.


Having previously met in a couple of friendlies, the first leg of the Division 3 fixture turned out to be a no contest when the Blacks were awarded a 3-0 walkover win after their opponents missed the scheduled date, but having been granted the points on a bye, HFC were in no illusion of the task at hand on the day.


And the Hilderincs, despite the positive start, were given a rude awakening when FC Hospitality took an unexpected lead against the run of play.


However, the lead would last a mere minute when the Blacks responded swiftly and instantly through Cristian Peligros, who dispatched his freekick with ease, something he has been marking a habit of, scoring from the deadball for the third successive game.


Though regaining immediate parity, the Hilderincs had to wait a little longer for the lead despite their upward dominance.


With the effervescent Sebastian Eraso growing in prominence alongside Kieron Marshall and Jon Loh in the middle of the park, the Colombian’s run into the box was checked illegally, giving the referee an easy job of pointing to the spot.


And with Cristian Peligros in unmatched form in front of goal, the choice was straightforward, and Spaniard picked his spot to put the Blacks in the lead midway through in the first half.


The Hilderincs soon extended their lead through Ian Morris, whose doggedness was rewarded with two rebounds falling kindly at his feet, before the skipper cheekily put the ball beyond the reach of the keeper into the bottom left corner.


In fair assessment, the Blacks could have ended the tie in the first half, but Cristian Peligros was in a lenient mood, missing a hatful of opportunities, including an effort that clipped the crossbar a minute from the break.


The lively first period was contrasted with a stop-start affair after the restart as FC Hospitality tried to force the issue with a reorganised Hilderincs.


Despite the interest from the opponents, the Blacks had to wait for only four minutes to further extend their advantage when Kumaresan Maniam picked a marauding Cristian with a trademark pass for the Hilderinc record-breaker to lift the ball over the keeper before applying the finish touch.


However the Hilderincs continued to be too casual, inviting unwarranted pressure deep in their half, peppering with freekicks against them, overworking the previously tranquil backline, who were in immaculate form alongside Liao Jincai in goal.


It was however a tad harsh that an inadvertent touch undid the offside trap, allowing FC Hospitality to capitalise, halving the Blacks’ lead.


Further nervousness prompted a shakeup from the Hilderincs, and with a quarter of the match to go, swung the momentum back to the men in black.


Breaking forward in blistering counterattacking football, Cristian Peligros nearly put the game beyond reach, but only to be foiled by the keeper who did well with a good save.


There was no denying the Blacks of their fifth when Adi Ravikumar’s throw-in caused havoc in the penalty box and with Kieron Marshall, who had a peerless outing, in close attendance, forced the keeper to drop the ball at his feet.


And with the ball played unto the path of Jon Loh, the midfielder swept in a delightful shot to make certain the points, if it was not already been done so.


While the Hilderincs are delighted to see the depth which has been added for their final push, the feet will be steadfastly planted on the ground and eyes firmly fixed as they see off one game at a time.


Final Score

Hilderinc FC 5 : FC Hospitality 2

Goals: Cristian Peligros 7”, 23” 44”, Ian Morris 29”, Jon Loh 78”

MOM: Mikael “Mika” Michalowski

Yellow Cards: Adi Ravikumar, Kieron Marshall


Staring Lineup

1. Liao Jincai “JC”

2. Adi Ravikumar

3. Nicholas Ledenmark

4. Mikael “Mika” Michalowski

5. Basil Al Barr

6. Kieron Marshall

7. Sebastian Eraso

8. Jon Loh

9. Cristian Peligros

10. Ian Morris

11. Casimir Simon


Substitute

12. Gopal Peethambaran

13. Aamir Fikri

14. Darren Tan

15. Kumaresan Maniam

16. Mathew Joseph

17. Melvin Tan

18. Nabil Zahrif


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Much-changed Blacks In Delightful Romp

Posted on July 29, 2018 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)


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With only seven players remaining from last weekend’s imposing victory over Super Aviators in the ESPZEN Saturday League Division 3 top of table clash; Hilderinc FC gave a new meaning for second string when they kept momentum with a dominant win over J Team.


In spite of missing key regulars, the Blacks added depth and kicked in the process of adding quality for the title push while building for the future.


Despite uncertainties with numbers before kickoff, the Hilderincs, though makeshift and tentative at the start of the game, soon grew into the dealings, especially when they resumed their pressing game.


Defending high up on the pitch, the Blacks constricting presence forced the opponents into hurried mistakes, stripping them off any early composure as they came to terms of HFC’s intent.


Keeping spritely with strategic changes, the Hilderincs were rewarded with a finely worked goal when Josh Ho, found Aamir Fikri with a measured through ball.


The youngster who was lively with his earlier endeavours picked up the pass and slotted home the ball for his first goal for the club.


Shoring the rearguard with industry from Nicholas Ledenmark, Basil Al Barr, Josh Ho and Malvin Tan, the Blacks were dangerous each time they switched gear and got their second when they broke from a corner in lightning pace before Jon Loh daisy cutter of a pass was finished with equal pomp by Aamir Fikri, who demonstrated serenity beyond his age in front of goal.


Not settling for a brace, the young forward completed his hat-trick soon after when he pounced on a rebound from Nabil Zahrif’s shot for an impressive outing.


Keeping the opponents on the ropes, the Hilderinc were a constant menace and netted the fourth when Aamir returned the earlier compliment by setting up Nabil Zahrif, who responded the quickest to add his name to the goalscorers’ list.


If the first half was on a canter, the Blacks made the resuming period a show of measured arrogance as they bossed the opponents, looking likely to score at every attack.


With debutants Mikael Michalowski and Kieron Marshall altering the positions along with Josh Ho, the introduction of Glenn Sandhu and Indika Gayashan added more impetus to the already fluid disposition.


The Hilderincs added two more goals through Kieron Marshall and an impressive strike from Casimir Simon, though veteran Mathew Joseph would wonder how his close range shot cannoned off the upright.


In complete control of the game after the opening minutes, the reality was that the Blacks could have registered a double-digit scoreline if not for the J Team goalkeeper who earned his stripes by limiting the damage with a couple of decent saves.


Not to be outdone, Liao Jincai in goal for HFC was equally impressive with his handling and command of his box, though he would be counted unfortunate not to keep a cleansheet after being beaten towards the end of either half.


Apart from the scoreline, the Hilderincs will take delight in the manner of the display and synergy shown amongst the players who looked a perfect fit to the Blacks’ objectives.


Final Score

Hilderinc FC 6 : J Team 2

Goals: Aamir Fikri (3), Nabil Zahrif, Kieron Marshall, Casimir Simon


Staring Lineup

1. Liao Jincai “JC”

2. Basil Al Barr

3. Nicholas Ledenmark

4. Indika Gayashan

5. Malvin Tan

6. Mathew Joseph

7. Mikael “Mika” Michalowski

8. Casimir Simon

9. Aamir Fikri

10. Ian Morris

11. Nabil Zahrif


 

Substitute

12. Josh Ho

13. Jon Tan

14. Glenn Sandhu

15. Kieron Marshall




 

Hilderincs Demonstrate Resolute Intent

Posted on July 21, 2018 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)


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Billed as the top of the table clash in the ESPZEN Saturday League Division 3, Hilderinc FC laid down the marker as they dispatched league leaders, Super Aviators in a dominant team display at Marsiling Secondary School.


Eight points adrift at the start of the day, albeit having played two games lesser than the Hawks who sat pretty at the summit with six wins out of six, the Blacks knew that they had little allowance to afford anything less three points to keep themselves in the title hunt.


Their plans, however, were given an uncomfortable waking when last weekend’s key performer, Ryan Ng was stricken by illness, while they were further reduced by couple other eleventh hour withdrawals, though the late addition of youngster Nabil Zahrif provided needed depth to the numbers, as Adi Ravikumar, Casimir Simon and Shiv Tulsiani made their competitive bows.


Despite contemplations to review options, the Hilderincs stayed true to their strength, welcoming veteran Denis Lobov, and Sebastian Eraso to the starting lineup, after both who had missed several weeks due to commitments.


However, in spite of that and an injury scare to Diogo Baptista prior to kickoff, it was an almost perfect start from the Blacks, only for Cristian Peligros to be unfortunate to hit the upright in the opening minute.


While it was anticipated that it was never going to be a walk in the park against last season’s Division 4 champions and current pacesetters, the sensational defensive quartet of Adi Ravikumar, Denis Lobov, Nicholas Ledenmark and Basil Al Barr, along with Lim Yong Kiat in goal and Sunny Tharidu in a protective number 6 role, having done their homework on the opponents, soon found the Aviators out and nullified their approach almost completely.


Defending from the further up the pitch, the Blacks allowed Diogo Baptista and Sebastian Eraso to dictate the middle of the park with their energy and drive, linking up with the front three, though Cristian Peligros had three times more attention on him than usual each time he had the ball, something that was obviously pre-planned to curb his devastating form.


Though it was a tight affair for long periods, the Hilderincs looked the more likely to break the deadlock, and almost found their way through when Diogo Baptista let fly a shot, but for the second time, the wooden came to the rescue of the Aviators when the ball smashed the crossbar.


Undeterred, the Blacks pressed ahead and after a spell of sustained pressure deep inside the opponents’ final third, finally finding the way through when Denis Lobov headed Adi Ravikumar’s throw-in to Cristian Peligros, who put the ball beyond the reach of the goalkeeper with a header of his own, as the Hilderincs comfortably took the lead into the break.


The second period started with the Aviators clipping the same crossbar as the Blacks did in the first half, but that was the closet they got for the rest of the game as the Hilderincs showed extreme defensive resolve in keeping them at bay.


Happy to allow the Hawks to venture deeper into their half, the Hilderincs worked on the counter, and nearly extended their lead, only for the keeper to deny Cristian Peligros with a fine save.


With the stakes high, the earlier fluidity was lost in a stop-start affair as the foul count started to rise for both sides, and with the referee exhibiting a passive stance set the tone for unchecked petulance.


Matters came to head when the Hilderincs were awarded a penalty, somewhat unassertively by the referee, who penalised the Aviators for a handball.


And with Cristian Peligros thumping in the spotkick for his twelve league game of the season, the Blacks’ delight was equally matched by the Hawks’ irritation, mainly directed at the referee.


The official’s erratic handling of the proceeding took the cherry when he stopped play for a water break just as the Hilderincs took a cornekick and later telling them at the restart to give the ball back to the Aviators, as a form of appeasement for their discontent with him.


With the Blacks confused and bewildered by the referee, it was then certain that he had lost the plot and it was only the beginning of chaos, as their every touch was deemed a foul and every foul reckoned a warrant for a card by a highly agitated opponent.


As tensions were running high, the Hilderincs sealed the game with a devastating counter-attack as they broke swiftly through Cristian Peligros, who ran almost a third of the pitch before finding Diogo Baptista to pick his spot after he had initiated the break while defending a corner for a goal made in Iberia.


Right on cue, the end of the game as a tie prompted unsavoury flashpoints, with individuals from both sides culpable of shenanigans not worthy of praise, embolden by a referee who decided to be a pedestrian instead of taking charge.


However, it was should not define a top of the table clash which was contested competitively and amicably in large parts.


While the Aviators remain in pole position, the Hilderincs win is highly significant, and with an entire half of the season to be play, nothing is in the bag yet and the Blacks will certainly be mindful of that.


Hilderinc Football Club Statement

Upon reviewing the footage of the game, while several factors had a hand in some incidents in the game, HFC would like to apologise for certain behaviour which is inexcusable by the standards set the Club.


Final Score

Super Aviators 0 : Hilderinc FC 3

Goals: Cristian Peligros 35”, 55”, Diogo Baptista 70”

MOM: Denis Lobov

Yellow Cards: Sunny Tharidu, Ian Morris, Darren Tan, Jon Loh


Staring Lineup

1. Lim Yong Kiat

2. Adi Ravikumar

3. Nicholas Ledenmark

4. Denis Lobov

5. Basil Al Barr

6. Sunny Tharidu

7. Diogo Baptista

8. Sebastian Eraso

9. Cristian Peligros

10. Ian Morris

11. Nabil Zahrif


Substitute

12. Casimir Simon

13. Darren Tan

14. Jon Tan

15. Shiv Tulsiani


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Thorough Work-out for Formulating Hilderincs

Posted on July 15, 2018 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)


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With their top of the clash in the ESPZEN Saturday League on the horizon, it was a highly calculated friendly for Hilderinc FC as they took on Equatorial Football League (EPL) Division 2 Champions, Belgium-Luxembourg Association Soccer (BLAS) in an eleven goal bonanza.


Having had to postpone last week’s Division 3 top of the table clash due to unanticipated circumstances, the Blacks’ highly anticipated meeting with current league leaders, Super Aviators will be swift as both sides will meet next weekend, but it was a prefect rehearsal for HFC in the meantime.


Buoyant by their recent success, BLAS were keen to establish themselves in the game with their possession play, leaving the Blacks on the backfoot, chasing shadows in the opening minutes.


The Hilderincs, happy to play the waiting game took ownership of the game with a tantalising counter-attack, led by Ryan Ng, who broke free from a BLAS corner to send a perfect cross ball to Cristian Peligros to put the Blacks ahead in style.


Turning the tide with the goal, the Hilderincs look the likeliest to add to the count with every attack as they collectively pressed and prodded.


Hence, the Blacks had reason to feel aggrieved when BLAS were awarded by a dubious penalty after the referee curiously pointed to the spot when the ball deflected off Goh Heng Kiat’s thigh and touch his tucked arm.


Despite being pegged, unjustifiably, the Hilderincs wasted little time to regain the lead after Ryan Ng’s corner was headed unto Heng Kiat by Cristian, giving the defender the benefit of getting his first goal for HFC with the aid of his back after just four minutes of being level.


It there was any element of “scruffiness” in the Blacks’ second goal, there was no dispute with their third when Cristian Peligros netted with a sensational freekick, his second of the type in successive games, giving the Hilderincs a comfortable lead.


With the game heading to the break, the flood gates were opened at both ends as a wild five minute spell saw three goals being scored.


Lacking in focus in dealing with an innocuous bounce resulted in the Blacks’ lead being reduced against the run of play.


Barely two minutes later, Diogo Baptista, again profiting from an unplayable Ryan Ng’s assist, calming put the Hilderincs 4-2.


However, into injury time, calamitous and highly comical defending allowed BLAS to score with virtually the last kick of the game, giving the opponents an undue reason to look forward to a better second period.


And true to the confidence handed to them by the Blacks, BLAS scored twice in three second half minutes to equalise and then take the lead for the first time in the game, taking advantage of suspect defending, though the fact that the Hilderincs experimented in good measure will not to be lost despite the shortcomings.


With game see-sawing in more than one ways, the Blacks reverted to the initial personnel, save for Sunday Hilderinc, Aldrin Julio, who had a productive outing for the Saturday side, as they looked to wrestle the proceedings.


And on cue, the Blacks upper the tempo once again and sieged the BLAS backline with their quick interplay.


Despite being denied a penalty of their own, the Hilderincs level the game with another Cristian Peligros hat-trick after man of the match Ryan Ng provided his fourth assist.


The young forward was unfortunate not to add his name on the scoresheet when he went inches wide of the post with his decent shot, which would have gone in on any other day, while Cristian was denied his fourth when his attempt was kept out by the crossbar.


Just went it looked that the game would end in an exciting draw, BLAS nicked ahead with the winner from a corner, giving the tie a somewhat imbalance final outlook.


Nonetheless, the Hilderincs will not begrudge the sparring provided by a worthy opponent, though they will look to address the lessons taken from the tie.


Final Score

Belgium-Luxembourg Association Soccer 6 : Hilderinc FC 5

Goals: Cristian Peligros 6”, 34”, 72”, Goh Heng Kiat 24”, Diogo Baptista 43”


Starting Line-up

1. Sunny Tharidu

2. Glenn Sandhu

3. Nicholas Ledenmark

4. Goh Heng Kiat

5. Adi Ravikumar

6. Ke Yongxiang

7. Diogo Baptista

8. Kumaresan Maniam

9. Cristian Peligros

10. Ian Morris

11. Ryan Ng


Substitutes

12. Aldrin Julio

13. Basil Al Barr

14. Casimir Simon

15. Darren Tan

16. Julanda “Jay” Al-Riyami

17. Kalindu Bandara




 

Impressive Blacks Finally Gets Grip Of 7s

Posted on July 13, 2018 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)


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Having struggled between their usual 11-a-side style and the dynamics of the reduced 7s, albeit in a hybrid of 5-a-side form, Hilderinc FC at long last looked good to form when they produced an inspiration display against Aproveite O Jogo FC in the ESPZEN Midweek 7s League.


Having suffered heavily in their worst outing in the reverse fixture, the Blacks were eager to avoid a repeat of fortunes.


However, mirroring the previous meeting, the Hilderincs were caught napping at the start as Aproveite took the lead with a thumping goal.


Despite the early jolt, the Blacks with their Saturday midfield maestro, Diogo Baptista in the ranks, were able to wrestle the proceeding in determined fashion.


With Adi Ravikumar continuing in goal from last week, the back three of Nicholas Ledenmark, Sunny Tharidu and Indika Gayashan were in gritty mood as their neutralised any approach from the opponents.


Taking the early sting away from Aproveite, the Hilderincs were able to press forward on their own offensive, and drew level with a smacker from Sunny Tharidu.


The second half was a one up from the Blacks who had the better of the possession and attacking initiatives with their composed display, and additionally had Adi in goal to thank for his hawkish grip of the ball when tested.


Though the Hilderincs could have done better with the opportunities they had, it was a delightful hour of football, who certainly looked at ease with a better ball than the usually used in an introductory tournament which had been stifling with restrictive futsal rules married into a 7s game.


Final Score

Hilderinc FC 1 : Aproveite O Jogo FC 1

MOM: Nicholas Ledenmark


Starting Line up

1. Adi Ravikumar

2. Sunny Tharidu

3. Nicholas Ledenmark

4. Indika Gayashan

5. Kalindu Bandara

6. Diogo Baptista

7. Casimir Simon


Substitutes

8. Parthiban Aruchamy

9. Ian Morris




 

Decent Contest Marred By Inanity

Posted on July 5, 2018 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)


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As the inaugural ESPZEN Midweek 7s League draws to a conclusion, Hilderinc Football Club wound down the competition, taking on IGU FC which, unfortunately, will be remembered for reasons other than the pulsating match.


Despite the Saturday League Division 3 title challenge the topmost priority, the Blacks were decked in good numbers as they looked to end the campaign strongly, though the objective has always remained to consider this tournament as a fitness supplementary in benefit of the aforementioned task.


While reports about IGU FC heard from rest of the 7s casts had been far bit negative, the Blacks were offered grace by the opponents who affably agreed to outlook the Blacks’ shortcomings for the game to proceed.


Given the “reprieve”, the Hilderincs wasted little time to focus on the game, taking an early lead through Rupi Dhillon after a quick inter-passing play.


The Blacks soon extended their lead through Ian Morris who took full advantage of a deft pass from Shiv Tulsiani to put the ball pass the goalkeeper.


Though they were looking good for their lead, the Blacks were punished for their inattentiveness, allowing IGU to pull level with two quick goals while they slipped into their 11-a-side style defending.


With the game taking a tight tussle thereon, chances for both sides made it an exciting affair.


The impasse was broken just before the break when the Hilderincs restored their lead through Ian Morris whose quick shot deflected pass the keeper.


It was an annoying restart for the Blacks who again saw their lead erased straight from kickoff as IGU equalised with their direct approach.


The game descended into another protracted deadlock with both teams trying to advance their cause against the respective tight defensive line, though the Hilderincs were more industrious with their endeavour.


For the third time in the game the Blacks found a way to the front when Parthiban Aruchamy’s freekick made its way into the back of the net after Omar Manini’s almost magical dummy deceived the goalkeeper into applying the slightest of touches to legitimise the effort.


With the Hilderincs pressing hard to finish off the game, they were presented a perfect opportunity when Ian Morris was bundled in the box for a stonewall penalty.


For unbeknown reasons, one element of an otherwise competitive but genial IGU side decided to set the tone for utter imprudent obnoxiousness as Ian Morris set himself to take the spotkick.


When the resultant penalty was missed, the arithmetically challenged person, who was not even officially registered as a player, went on an immature buffoonery, mocking the forward, displaying wanton third class asininity, devoid of the slightest capacity for dignity and self-respect.


Extremely provoked by the highest order of cerebral impotence, the skipper responded with uncharacteristic self-indulgence against the tomfool caper, inadvertently exposing the Blacks to unnecessary distraction.


Possibly the veteran’s venting his spleen may have be an debatable consequence, but the Hilderincs were undone by a very late equaliser when IGU FC scored with virtually the last kick of the game, which again prompted further show of classless antics unabated from the dullard.


Despite being aggrieved by several factors, the Hilderincs proved to be the better by still presenting their customary token of appreciation, which is prepared beforehand and given to every opponent at the end of the game, despite the result, because whatever the competitiveness on the pitch, the Blacks hold to their value of sportsmanship and respect for their adversaries, which unfortunately was devoid from one person who betrayed the Beautiful Game and should consider not dishonouring it further.


A good game laid waste by one cretin.


Writer’s Note: Sentiments expressed are of the writer and may not reflect the views of Hilderinc Football Club.


Final Score

IGU FC 4 : Hilderinc FC 4

Goals: Rupi Dhillon, Ian Morris (2), Parthiban Aruchamy

MOM: Adi Ravikumar


Starting Lineup

1. Adi Ravikumar

2. Nicholas Ledenmark

3. Sunny Tharidu

4. Rupi Dhillon

5. Satoki Yoshida

6. Ian Morris

7. Shiv Tulsiani


Substitutes

8. Darren Tan

9. Kalindu Bandara

10. Omar Mahnin

11. Parthiban Aruchamy




 

Hilderincs Hand Out Last Season's Awards

Posted on July 3, 2018 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Traditionally handed at the start of a new campaign, the HFC end of the season award for the previous ESPZEN Saturday League 17 had taken an unprecedented three months to be completely handed out due to the winners made unavailable for various personal reasons.


HFC Player of the Season

Erdogan Albay, the now home-returned German was peerless in his overall contribution to the Blacks’ endeavour in a tough season, and was rightly named the Player of the Season, with consistent performance, while adding favour with silky skills to enthral many.



HFC Player of the Season, Erdogan Albay with Club committee members Kavin Singh, Nicholas Ledenmark and David Zheng


HFC Top Scorer

Stepan Lobov, a player who made an impact in his “loan” spell, was the undisputed marksman despite his short stint with the Hilderincs.



Hilderinc veteran, Denis Lobov recieves the Top Scorer award on behalf of his brother Stepan


Notwithstanding his limited tenure, the Russian remained top of the ESPZEN Saturday League 18 Division 3 Top Scorers’ list though he had played only half of the total games, leaving one to imagine how much more he would have netted had he completed the course.


HFC Players’ Player

An award given to the player with the most number of man of the match in a campaign was shared by Diogo Baptista and Sunny Tharidu jointly.

Diogo Baptista was a mainstay in the heart of the midfield and was an exceptional factor despite a weird season which was plagued by lack of results befitting the Blacks’ actual display.



Diogo Baptista with the Players' Player award


Sunny Tharidu, a defender originally, was thrown into the firing line as a makeshift goalkeeper, but the Sri Lankan was out of this world with his display between the sticks.



Sunny Tharidu recieves the Players' Player award from Kavin Singh and Nicholas Ledenmark


Pulling off non-human saves, Sunny was in awe-inspiring form, so much so that he left both teammates and opponents alike in disbelieve with his heroics.


HFC Most Valuable Player

An inaugural award meant to recognise a player who played an important role, both on and off the pitch, which was honoured by its first recipient more than the other way.



Dionisis Kolokotsas, HFC's Most Valuable Player


Dionisis Kolokotsas, the Greek veteran was more than just a player with his calming brotherly presence, leading the way by example and poise.

All at Hilderinc Football Club wishes to thank all the winners for their contributions and all the other players who gave their best last season.




HFC Runs Riot With Half A Dozen

Posted on July 1, 2018 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)


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Hilderinc FC, taking advantage of a break in league commitments, kept in gears with an assured performance against a youthful Galactico B FC side in a significant friendly ahead of the top of the table clash in the ESPZEN Saturday League.


Despite missing several, the Blacks were in good order, though uncharacteristic tardiness had them start the proceeding with one man less, but were undeterred by the temporary adjustments, as they started in good stead, keeping the enthusiastic opponents at arm’s length while awaiting parity in numbers.


It was business as usual once that was achieved and Omar Mahnin provided the first indication of things to come when he put the Blacks ahead, reacting well to an unconventional off the shoulder assist.


Though the Hilderincs were in firm control, they were penalised for an unfortunate handball, which Galactico B took full advantage and equalised from the resultant spotkick.


Moments later the Blacks were awarded a penalty of their own in similar circumstances but Ian Morris’ effort was saved well by the goalkeeper.


However, with the Hilderincs ramping up the endeavour, the lead was imminent and Diogo Baptista provided the inspiration with a cracker from distance.


Taking full advantage the opponent’s rawness, the Blacks make little work breaking through the rearguard and added to the scoreline through debutant Casimir Simon, who worked well with Omar Mahnin and Diogo Baptista to make a memorable bow.


And Diogo, playing only his third game since returning from a three month injury lay-off carried on with his man of the match display last week with a well take brace to give the Hilderincs a commanding lead into the break, though they could have added more had further efforts from Omar and Casimir had found their way pass the post and the Galactico B goalkeeper.


Taking a comfortable lead into the second half, the Blacks took the opportunity to try variations with wider objectives in mind.


It was purposeful display from the Hilderincs, who were in commanding control of the game, and added two more goals through Ian Morris and Casimir Simon, though the former was guilty of a hat-trick of casual finishing, which could have given a more riotous final outcome.


However, with the focus firmly on preparation rather than indulgence, the Blacks will be highly pleased with the displays of the collective group, and though the cast would slightly differ next week, there is a buoyant mood for the formidable encounter.


Final Score

Hilderinc FC 6 : Galactico B FC 1

Goals: Omar Mahnin, Diogo Baptista (2), Casimir Simon


Staring Lineup

1. Lim Yong Kiat

2. Goh Heng Kiat

3. Nicholas Ledenmark

4. Dionisis Kolokotsas

5. Adi Ravikumar

6. Mathew Joseph

7. Diogo Baptista

8. Sunny Tharidu

9. Omar Mahnin

10. Ian Morris

11. Casimir Simon


 

Substitute

12. Parthiban Aruchamy

13. Nabil Zahrif

14. Kumaresan Maniam

15. Josh Ho




 


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