|Posted on November 3, 2018 at 8:50 AM|
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With Hilderinc FC’s opening league fixture a week away, they completed their three game pre-season programme on the best possible note with a highly measured 3-0 win over Band of Brothers FC at Bendemeer.
If focus was on the larger scheme of things, the immediate attention was put to the test in the opening seconds when Gopal Peethambaran was called into an early intervention right from the kick-off when a weak pass across the pitch was nearly punished.
Despite the initial attention from the Brothers, the Blacks were soon in their groove as they took possession of the happenings.
Having prodded the Brothers backline a couple of time prior, the Hilderincs took the lead in the 8th minute when a combination of guile and innovation set them on their way.
Winning a freekick after a reckless foul on Nabil Zahrif, against all expectation of the norm, Ian Morris smash in the dead-ball through the legs of the assembled, and as almost telepathically, Kasia Miettinen, who had been sizing out the goalkeeper in the build-up, sold him a prefect dummy for the ball to whizz past into the back of the net.
If the opener was a one for the novelty, the second was a demonstration of the Blacks’ growing stature for sublime football.
Nearly pulling off a twelve touch move last week against Holland Park XI FC, the Hilderincs proved that these are not just few and far between displays as they orchestrated another one for the camera when they carved open the opponents before Varanthan Arumugan beautifully set up Nabil Zahrif for the goal.
The Blacks continued to dominate the vast potions of the proceedings and were on top of most things as they showed dogged industry without the ball as much as they did with it, though they needed Gopal Peethambaran’s late save to keep the two goal lead intact ahead of the halftime break.
While the Hilderincs adjusted the formation for tactical and experimental aims, there was no let up on the intentions and they needed just under 3 minutes to triple their lead after another well-worked move from the back to front saw another Varanthan Arumugan assist, this time to Aamir Fikri for the in-form forward to slot in his second in three games, keeping himself on par with his mate Nabil Zahrif in the personal contest of the two youngsters.
With the game concluded as a tie early in the second half, the Blacks took the opportunity for purposeful outing, especially for those who were returning to action for a lengthy absence, of which Shiv Tulsiani almost got a cracker of a goal on his return, only to see his strike climb over the crossbar.
Jon Loh was next to come close with a specular long range shot, but was unfortunately to have the ball whizz past the desperate dive of the goalkeeper.
Not to be undone, Kaisa Miettinen proved no slouch when she delivered two exquisite crosses, one from a corner, both made pretty watching even if they were not converted for the final shine, though she nearly provided the prefect assist late on, sending Nabil Zahrif through on goal, substantiating her inclusion in the team as on deserved merit.
Capping a fine display, the Hilderincs will now look ahead for their season opener against TGA Strollers a week on, and though the challenges will be significant in their return to Division 2, the Blacks will be buoyant by something more than a special feeling that is brewing in the camp.
Hilderinc FC 3 : Band of Brothers FC 0
Goals: Ian Morris, Nabil Zahrif, Aamir Fikri
1. Gopal Peethambaran
2. Muhd “Adeep” Razaliff
3. Dionisis Kolokotsas
4. Mikhail “Mika” Michalowski
5. Adi Ravikumar
6. Sunny Tharidu
7. Jon Loh
8. Varanthan Arumugan
9. Kaisa Miettinen
10. Ian Morris
11. Nabil Zahrif
12. Liao “JC” Jincai
13. Aamir Fikri
14. Basil Al Barr
15. Casimir Simon
16. Guilherme Imai
17. Nicholas Ledenmark
18. Shiv Tulsiani
Categories: Match Day