|Posted on October 27, 2018 at 1:15 PM|
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Returning to the pitch after last week’s celebrations, Hilderinc FC carried on with their excellent vibe with an almost scintillating performance against Holland Park XI FC in their latest preparation for the new league campaign.
Even with the absence of several, the Blacks again show off their depth with a formidable line-up of thrilling strength, befitting the growing enthusiasm of another title challenge.
Acquainting the double pairing of Sathya Raj and Mika Michalowski in the heart of the defence along with and Diego Baptista and Varanthan Arumugan in the middle of the park, the adjustment of Sergey Darovskikh to the left fullback duties completed the initial experimentation while Kaisa Miettinen started her second game in succession since her debut a fortnight ago.
While the Blacks were off the blocks in blistering pace, the first opportunity fell to Holland Park who hit the crossbar with a well-taken attempt by their fullback.
In fact, both goalposts would come into prominence a few more times in the afternoon, with Holland Park taking a 3-2 overall count in that statistic.
Ian Morris’ quickly taken freekick would agonisingly browse the frame of the woodwork before the post on the other end would came into the Blacks’ aid again, keeping a mistake from beating an otherwise untested Liao Jincai in goal, as a well-taken Holland Park’s strike hit the frame along a smacker from Casimir Simon which cannoned off the post in the second half.
In between the recurrent theme, the Hilderincs were an utterly dominant force, as they bossed their way with their endeavours with both with and more so without the ball.
Completely denying Holland Park of any semblance of their experience, the Blacks were in rave mood throughout the game, and even when the changes were rung at predetermined stages, there was no hint of any drop in intensity or tenacity.
However, for all their supremacy, they remained deadlocked despite coming close with efforts from Jon Loh, which the keeper pulled off a great save to match the build-up by Mika Michalowski, Varanthan Arumugan, who was also denied by the fingertips of the same, while the likes of Kaisa Miettinen and Thenesh provided close moments for the lead before the break.
The lack of tangible result did little to dampen the spirits of the Blacks who started the second half the same way they did the first despite the raft of changes, and responded swiftly to the call for goals as they took just under 3minutes to take the lead through the versatile Nabil Zahrif who even though was converted to a fullback for the day, rose the highest to head in Aamir Fikri’s corner to give the Blacks a deserved lead.
Attacking in relentless waves, the Hilderincs were a constant flow of black tide and extended their lead through a long range Varanthan Arumugan strike, which the former Malaysian professional profited after a howler by the Holland Park keeper for his first goal for the Club.
Not contented to sit back, the Blacks went full throttle and had opportunities through Mohd Adeep and Casimir Simon, while couple of penalty calls were waved away by the referee.
Keeping in pace, the backline were in effective comfort as they dealt admirable to the occasional tries by the opponent to find a way through as the game opened by a little towards the end.
However, it was a supreme display from start to finish from the Hilderincs who are shaping up well for their return to the ESPZEN Saturday League Division 2 after an absence of two seasons, but have already set their sights further with the current crop.
Hilderinc FC 2 : Holland Park XI FC 2
Goals: Nabil Zahrif, Varanthan Arumugan
Yellow Card: Sathya Raj
1. Liao “JC” Jincai
2. Glenn Sandu
3. Sathya Raj
4. Mikhail “Mike” Michalowski
5. Sergey Darovskikh
6. Sunny Tharidu
7. Diego Baptista
8. Varanthan Arumugan
9. Kaisa Miettinen
10. Ian Morris
11. Casimir Simon
12. Gowtham Durai
13. Aamir Fikri
14. Darren Tan
15. Goh Heng Kiat
16. Jon Loh
17. Muhd “Adeep” Razaliff
18. Nabil Zahrif
19. Nicholas Ledenmark
Categories: Match Day