|Posted on June 15, 2019 at 1:25 PM|
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With the whole season’s efforts riding on this one fixture, Hilderinc FC, with a ruinous four game run down the end stretch of an unbelievably long campaign which kicked-off in November 2018, fell blunderbussly, leaving them to face an onerous wait to discover their fate in the ESPZEN Saturday Division 2 final standing and their ambitions of promotion together with it
Having spent a considerable period at the top of the table and favourites for back to back league titles right up till May, the cave-in as been nothing but frustratingly spectacular at the least, and the 3-1 shocking defeat to Glee Athletic Youths only compounded the obvious.
If certain elements of luck and football results go hand in hand together, the Blacks were clearly handed the short end of the stick in the latter part of the season.
And if omens are to be taken into consideration, Hilderinc Football Club had never won a game in the weekend of their Anniversary in their 19 year history, and despite their best efforts to stay coy about the 14th June founding date prior to the must win game, the hoodo looked to have reoccurred yet again as the Blacks allowed themselves to be punished needlessly from innocuous situations, twice in exact same manner.
For fans of unexplained folklore, the original tie between these two sides was curiously abandoned two weeks ago after 7 minutes played when the lightning warning light went off and the referee packed it in despite the absence of inclement weather, and the subsequent request to push the tie a week later was turned down by the league even when another fixture was rescheduled to an even later date, leaving the Blacks to play on the ominous anniversary weekend.
Myths aside, despite making a positive start and testing the Glee backline early in the proceedings, the Hilderincs allowed the opponents to put them on the backfoot, and only survived going a goal behind after a heroic save from Moncef Loukili and a last-ditch clearance from under the crossbar from Adi Ravikumar.
To stem the unwarranted pressure, the Blacks rung in a couple of alterations which swung the tide back in their favour as they came close to taking the lead themselves.
However, two quick injuries to Dionisis Kolokotsas and Moncef Loukili, resultant from the same offender, disrupted the established flow, forcing Sunny Tharidu in goal and the former to return to the pitch prematurely to keep any semblance of order defensively.
In spite of the forced key changes, the Hilderincs were in good stead, keeping the attacking intend going, and Kavin Singh was unfortunate not to profit with a header which narrowly missed the target with the keeper stranded as both sides went into the break with a stalemate.
To take the game by the scruff of the neck, the Blacks radically changed the formation to one of the most offensive lineups in recent times; and they did not waste any time announcing their intentions.
Pressing high in the opponents’ half, the Hilderincs were relentless in seeking the opener as they pushed and prodded at every given opportunity but soon found themselves a goal behind when they fell asleep defending a harmless corner allowed Glee to score at the far post unchallenged.
The Blacks’ response, however, was instantaneous and they pulled level in a thumping fashion after Alfred Toe’s magically feet whiplashed a cross for Diogo Baptista to literally throw himself at the ball to put into the back of the net.
Sensing the lead, the Hilderincs were in full throttle, trying to get themselves at the end of the chances they were creating, but yet again, against the run of play, Glee would retake the advantage with a freekick which was put into goal at another unattended far post.
Incensed, the Blacks threw everything to draw parity and despite several straightforward chances that went a begging with the keeper beaten, Glee would kill off any more comeback with a breakway goal, leaving the Hilderincs’ fate out of their own hands and into the hands of their rivals in a highly unfavourable situation.
Now having to wait until the first week of July to discover the final outcome of their campaign, the Blacks will take a break before preparing for the new season, whatever the conclusion.
Glee Ath. Youths FC 3 : Hilderinc FC 1
Goal: Diogo Baptista
MOM: Adi Ravikumar
1. Moncef Loukili
2. James Ryall
3. Nicholas Ledenmark
4. Dionisis Kolokotsas
5. Adi Ravikumar
6. Sunny Tharidu
7. Diogo Baptista
8. Jon Loh
9. Glenn Sandhu
10. Nico Olvera
11. Aamir Fikri
12. Alfred Toe
13. Attapol Thomprasert
14. Gabriel Magalhães
15. Ian Morris
16. Kavin Singh
17. Mohd Erzan
18. Nabil Zahrif
19. Sathyaraj Rajandran
Categories: Match Day