|Posted on October 9, 2016 at 4:40 AM|
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Even though results are of little value at this stage of Hilderinc Football Club’s pre-season agenda, the Blacks, despite the mammoth share of the action, were left feeling a little disgruntled when they were held to an undeserved 1-1 draw against social football side, Perry United, on Saturday evening.
While getting regulars players and new additions, along with potential recruits to settle in as a cohesive unit remains the primary objective, it is in the Blacks’ nature, never to begrudge a good win each time they take to the pitch, and hence the dissatisfaction, knowing that they could have settled the final outcome more comfortably.
It all started accordingly to plan for the Hilderincs, who were in active pursuit of goals right from the kick-off, with Joh Loh and Rama Witjaksono running the midfield like a well-oiled machine, freeing the vanguard to wreak havoc with their constant pressure.
Though having besieged the defensive final third, the Blacks were faced with a red wall as Perry United were contented with having ten-men behind the ball, and trying to hit back on the counter.
Apart from having to break down a stubborn bulwark, the Hilderincs had to content with an inspired Perry United goalkeeper, who despite his height, was the only difference between what should have been an avalanche of goals and the solitary one that got past him.
In addition to keeping Sashikumar Mahathevan and Michael Rooke away from the scoresheet, the Reds keeper pulled off two near impossible saves from Ian Morris, first palming away the skipper’s acrobatic overhead kick and then a close range effort, both times defining the law of gravity.
When the Red finally had their custodian beaten by Rama Witjaksono’s belter, the woodwork came to their rescue as the ball crushed against it before Rahmat Saring’s effort from the rebound bounced off the post, much to the disbelief of the Hilderincs.
Adding to the plot, the Blacks were denied a stonewall penalty when Khairul Asnisam was clearly brought down inside the box after he slalomed past a host defenders, for what would have been a rousing solo goal had he been allowed to put the finishing touches.
All these in the first half, as the Hilderincs headed to the break wondering what they needed to do to get the breakthrough.
The restart was a familiar affair as the Blacks, though with a number of changes with Kavin Singh and Kumaresan Maniam, along with debutants/ trialists, Marouean Zelleg, Joshua Cheng and Wong Yih-Khai, who replaced the injured Shubhang Aarora in the first half, were added to the mix, kept the pace and intent unaltered.
For all the diligence, the Hilderincs were finally rewarded when they were awarded a penalty, albeit belatedly and with a couple of shortfall, when Sashikumar Mahathevan was dragged down.
Rahmat Saring, who was just moments earlier denied a certain goal by the Red’s “wonder” keeper, put the ball away with a calmly taken spotkick to, at long last, put the Blacks ahead.
Having taken the lead, the Hilderincs had enough opportunities to put the game to bed, but with the Perry United goalkeeper having a personal duel with Ian Morris, denied him for the third time in the game with another baffling save, while Logaraj Sundram, Marouean Zelleg and Sashikumar Mahathevan came close with their chances.
Just when it looked like the Blacks will keep safe their slender lead, they were left flabbergasted when Perry United equalised against the run of play with an innocuous countering attack which ended in the back of the net through the legs of the Hilderinc keeper, who had nothing or little to do till then.
Though the draw, the third in as many games, would present some disappointments, the Hilderincs are in the right direction as far the pre-season preparations are concerned with five weeks left from now till the ESPZEN Saturday League 17 kick-off.
Hilderinc FC 1 : Perry United 1
Goal: Rahmat Saring (Pen)
Starting Line Up
1. Parthiban Aruchamy
2. David Zheng
3. Shubhang Aarora
4. Sunny Tharidu
5. Michael Rooke
6. Jon Loh
7. Rama Witjaksono
8. Khairul Asnisam
9. Sashikumar Mahathevan
10. Ian Morris
11. Rahmat Saring
12. Logaraj Sundram
13. Mathew Joseph
14. Wong Yih-Khai
15. Kavin Singh
16. Joshua Cheng
17. Kumaresan Maniam
18. Marouean Zelleg
Categories: Match Day