|Posted on February 9, 2019 at 8:45 AM|
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After the pre-Chinese New Year break, Hilderinc FC returned to matters on the pitch with a well-suited preparation game against Sedap FC at Yio Chu Kang Secondary School on another sweltering afternoon.
Having undeservedly and narrowly lost to a youthful hit and run team prior to last weekend’s recess, the Blacks were keen to apply the lessons learn with a similar side, but tardiness amongst the ranks meant that they had to rip apart pre-match plans and started the game with an altered formation, though they had the quality to effectively adjust to the modification.
However, an early injury to Kasia Miettinen as a result of a reckless tackle from the behind, coupled with a senseless follow-up scissor chop effectively ended her day prematurely, though in true Hilderinc spirit she bravely carried on for couple of minutes before her knee buckled, dealing a serious blow for the Hilderinc Lady who looked to had made a bright start up to the point, but now will hope that it is not a damage to her previously torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).
Incensed by the irresponsible challenge, the Blacks regrouped with purpose and stamped their credence after making a dawdling start in the heat.
Cranking up the tempo against the opponents who were ready to hit and run the flanks at every opportunity, Nico Olvera’s and later Jon Loh’s long range smash set the tone, though both was unfortunate that their attempt was deflected for a cornerkick on both occasions instead of the back of the net, which would have been a better outcome considering the execution of the strikes.
Despite the earlier cracks and Varanthan Arumugan’s chance cleared off the line, the Blacks had to wait after the mid-point water break to take the lead after the Blacks with a couple of changes that produced an almost immediate progress.
Playing from their own half, Jon Loh sent Nico Olvera racing down the flank before cutting a prefect ball across the penalty box for Mika Michalowski to apply the simplest but assertive of finishes to give the Hilderincs the lead.
The goal set the Blacks switching gears to their fluid passing football, leaving the opponents chasing after them.
None so than Nico Olvera who was unplayable with his bursts down the flanks, and after the goalkeeper spilled Diogo Baptista’s shot, the Spaniard had the presence of mind to react the quickest while the defence naively looked for the offside call to smash the ball in from close range to keep his impressive goal scoring feat of 5 goals in 5 games and counting.
Not done with his exploits, the HFC Number 9 deft flicked Nicholas Ledenmark’s freekick to Omar Mahnin behind a clueless backline, but the forwards venomous shot was well saved by the keeper who did well with his last stand
Though expecting a response from the youthful side, the second half began the way the first ended and now having switched to the left and with the highly impressive Shiv Tulsani marauding in tandem behind him, The Olvera Show continued as he got his assist to count after spotting Omar Mahnin with another intelligent drag back, and the Dutch Master turned sweetly before burying the ball with much dexterity just after eight minutes in.
Even after the Hilderincs relieved Nico of his man of the match duties, Mika Michalowski, his replacement needed just 15 seconds after his re-entry to get his brace, putting away Lim Yong Kiat’s huge goal kick with assured ease, with the custodian keeping up with his personal assist count at the same go.
The Hilderincs’ fifth goal was all about making the ball to the work for them as they capped a entertaining six pass move to set Glenn Sandhu on goal, and though the fullback’s shot was kept out by the keeper, he laid the ball to Mohd Erzan to score, a perfect antidote for the winger who was playing on even after injuring his ribs early in the half.
At the end of the day, it was a well worked performance from the Blacks who were determined to overcome their deficiencies against sides playing less technical but route one smash and grab football, and on the count of a complete team display, they will be encouraged to take pointers to further improve themselves, especially against more experienced and competitive challengers, just as the likes of Fighting Cocks FC, the Hilderincs opponents next weekend in the ESPZEN Saturday Champions Cup.
Having said that, all at Hilderinc Football Club would like to wish Kasia a complete and speed recovery.
Hilderinc FC 5 : Sedap FC 0
Goals: Mika Michalowski (2), Nico Olvera, Omar Mahnin, Mohd Erzan
1. Lim Yong Kiat
2. Glenn Sandhu
3. Dionisis Kolokotsas
4. Sunny Tharidu
5. Sergey Darovskikh
6. Jon Loh
7. Varanthan Arumugan
8. Mikael “Mika” Michalowski
9. Nico Olvera
10. Ian Morris
11. Kaisa Miettinen
12. Aamir Fikri
13. Diogo Baptista
14. Mohd Erzan
15. Nicholas Ledenmark
16. Omar Mahnin
17. Sathya Raj
18. Shiv Tulsani
Categories: Match Day