|Posted on June 23, 2018 at 11:35 PM|
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Having last played against each other almost thirteen months to the date back in Division 2, the two HFCs renewed their rivalries in earnest when they reacquainted in one rank lower than before.
After their heroic late rally to share the spoils against Hibernians Athletics in difficult circumstances three weeks ago, the Blacks’ trip to Jurong West, who despite several absentees and late withdrawals was bolstered by a formidable and buoyant squad, whose focus was firmly fixed on the summit of the league table.
With both the previous encounters producing nothing less than high octane football, anything less would have been the unlikeliest pre-match predications.
And needless to say, it took just under three minutes for the opening salvo when the Hilderincs were awarded a penalty after Ian Morris was clipped inside the box.
While ready to oblige the skipper to take the spotkick himself, on behest of the former, Cristian Peligros stepped up and made little work to put the Blacks into an early lead.
Playing with a secure backline and a fluid top six, the Hilderincs were in a mood for seconds with their interchanging play and industry without the ball, as they kept their opponents under pressure, ready to punish any mis-step.
However, their posturing was broken when they suffered a genuine health scare when Goh Heng Kiat collapsed with a severe chest complain.
Taking no risk, the defender who had only returned to the side after a lengthy absence, was duly withdrawn and placed under close observation, his welfare being the uttermost concern.
Incidentally, the urgent off the pitch state of affairs seem distract the Blacks and within couple of minutes saw their lead chalked off, albeit contentiously, after the referee allowed what they thought was a high-boot foul before the ball was tucked away into the back of the net from close range.
If the Hilderincs felt hard done by the equaliser, they had no complains barely a minute and a half later when the persistent Hiadis punished them after a weak goal-kick straight to the opponent was superbly finished with impressive lop from distance.
While the minds were questioning the manner of the reversal, the Hilderinc hearts took matters by the scuff, and within minutes saw efforts from Diogo Baptista and Cristian Peligros almost draw level, but set themselves up for a decisive phase in the game.
In a period of seven deadly minutes, the Blacks scored three quick-fire goals to race into a commanding lead.
First through Ryan Ng, who made an immediate justification after being handed the famed Hilderinc number 9 shirt by drawing parity with a clinical finish, after he cut inside from the left before firing into the bottom right corner.
Five minutes was what it took Cristian Peligros to double his tally and put the Blacks in the lead with a sublime freekick after he was fouled.
There was no stopping the Spanish goal-machine as he scored his third hat-trick in as many league games when he initiated a quick counter-attack before Dionisis Kolokotsas’ pass was diverted back into his path by a deft Diogo Baptista touch, which he complimented with a dexterous application, leaving the Hiadis keeper rooted.
If the goal scorers deserved their plaudits, the rest of the Blacks were equally praiseworthy of the laudation as they produced an outstanding team display of pass and move football at its best.
If history was the best guide, the Hilderincs were setup to weather the Hiadis barrage after the restart, but curiously had several unfathomable refereeing decisions to deal with as well.
The Blacks needed the exploits of an accomplished backline, led by the magnificent duo of Dionisis Kolokotsas and Nicholas Ledenmark, and equally accompanied by Basil Al Barr and Mike De Bear, who had an exceptional outing in his final game for the Club, to ride the constant assaults, while Sunny Tharidu was at his best in goal as he kept the advantage intact, pulling of a brave second half pointblank save amongst others.
Working on the counter, the Hilderincs remained a threat despite their defensive focus and was unfortunate not to extend their lead when Cristian Peligros was denied by a fine save by the Hiadis keeper, while Ryan Ng had a likely penalty shout turned away by the referee who continued with his inconsistencies.
Making slight modifications to personnel, the Blacks regained the initiative in the final quarter of the game with the midfield cast of Diogo Baptista, Jon Loh, Mathew Joseph and Sang Woon Park, now showing his versatility in defence, pushed the Hilderincs forward.
The collective industry had immediate results as Cristian Peligros completed his personal rout with his fourth goal of the day in typical fashion, marauding pass the backline before finding his spot with easy.
Though the game was settled as a contest, the Blacks could have added more shine but Diogo Baptista was denied his goal on his first competitive in three months after his attempt cannoned off the crossbar.
As minutes ticking away, Hiadis pulled a goal back with a sharp finish after they caught the Hilderincs on the counter, but Kalindu Bandara could have had a dream league debut had he showed a little more composure with the goal at his mercy with the last kick of the game.
With rivals Super Aviators maintaining their prefect start to the season on the same afternoon, the clash between the top two sides in a fortnight will be significant to the title challenge.
Hiadis FC 3 : Hilderinc FC 5
Goals: Cristian Peligros 3”, 26”, 28”, 66”, Ryan Ng 21”
MOM: Diogo Baptista
Yellow Cards: Nicholas Ledenmark
1. Sunny Tharidu
2. Goh Heng Kiat
3. Nicholas Ledenmark
4. Dionisis Kolokotsas
5. Mike De-Bear
6. Mathew Joseph
7. Diogo Baptista
8. Sang Woon Park
9. Cristian Peligros
10. Ian Morris
11. Ryan Ng
12. Basil Al Barr
13. Guilherme Imai
14. Jon Loh
15. Kalindu Bandara
16. Parthiban Aruchamy
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