|Posted on January 5, 2019 at 11:45 PM|
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With no more than five Blacks returning to action for the New Year, the Hilderincs kicked off 2019 with a productive display against Mavericks FC at Bedok North.
Returning to the pitch where last season’s league title was secured, the mood was jubilant as the Blacks turned up with a full complement of numbers, impressive considering a good number are yet to return from their holidays or were unavailable due to work commitments or injury.
Having played the Mavericks twice in 2018, the Blacks were yet to taste joy on both occasions, even with the great Cristian Peligros scoring a brace the last time they were pegged to a 3-3 draw after an earlier 5-4 narrow loss at the Tampines Hub, hence the Hilderincs were determined to finally a secure a long waited win.
Despite the focus, it was a patchy start to the game, understandable considering the likes of Sunny Tharidu, Varanthan Arumugan and Adi Ravikumar were making their first returns after the break.
It took the Blacks progressively till the midway point to exert productive control of the game and duly opened the account through Casimir Simon who was played delightfully by Varanthan Arumugan before the forward finished with a calm side foot finish.
With the goal, the Hilderincs found the impetus to boss the proceedings and could have been three goals to the good by half time but were denied by the goalkeeper who pulled off fine saves from Mika Michalowski and Ian Morris, limiting them to a slender break into the break.
The restart began with the Blacks keep the tempo high in spite of the changes as every player stepped into their roles impregnably.
With a slight tweak, the Hilderincs doubled their lead after Mika Michalowski opened the defence with a splitter for Mohd Erzan to intelligently drag his shot into the back of the net for his first goal for the Blacks in only his second game in the colours.
After having missed two clear chances prior, one albeit spared the youngster’s blushes after the referee outrageously ruled him offside, Aamir Fikri finished with aplomb after been set up by Nabil Zahrif on the edge of the box.
If the first three games had classy approach to them, the Blacks’ fourth was an exception to the norm as desperate defending from the Mavericks saw the ball cross the line after it was smacked against Mika Michalowski’s face, not that the versatile player would mind as he capped another impressive outing.
More than the scoreline, which could have been more extensive, especially after a late penalty call was waved away by the referee, the manner of the display was the main reward on the day.
And with rescheduling of league fixtures, the Hilderincs could face a considerable time on the sidelines of competitive action, but the Blacks will use this period in preparation, without dropping any intensity as they work towards being a well-oiled machine to take on the objectives.
Mavericks FC 0: Hilderinc FC 4
Goals: Casimir Simon, Mohd Erzan, Aamir Fikri, Mika Michalowski
1. Gowtham Durai
2. Sergey Darovskikh
3. Dionisis Kolokotsas
4. Nicholas Ledenmark
5. Adi Ravikumar
6. Sunny Tharidu
7. Jon Loh
8. Varanthan Arumugan
9. Mikael “Mika” Michalowski
10. Ian Morris
11. Nabil Zahrif
12. Liao “JC” Jincai
13. Aamir Fikri
14. Basil Al Barr
15. Casimir Simon
16. Er Yongxiang
17. Darren Tan
18. Glenn Sandhu
19. Kavin Singh
20. Mohd Erzan
21. Nabil Zahrif
22. Roy Tan
Categories: Match Day