|Posted on June 29, 2019 at 11:50 AM|
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As it was during the dreadful second half of the season, perhaps still playing in June, which has proven many a times to be a wretched Achilles’ Heel for Hilderinc FC, who have a calamitous record of only six wins out of the twenty they have played in this month in the last five years since specific records were chronicled, they again failed to deceive when they surrendered a comfortable two goal first half lead to go home empty-handed.
Albeit a pre-season friendly and the Blacks travelling to Bedok South with a heavily altered side, the second half decadence was a repeated script they would want to rework before they head into the new ESPZEN Saturday League campaign.
With their fixtures completed and the season still running it’s drawn out course, the Hilderincs, still in the dark about their division status for the new term, decided to return earlier than initially planned to gear themselves, and although the absences of several mainstay provided the opportunity for experimentation, it also left them limited in options.
So much so, that the Blacks were completely unrecognisable in the spine, with leftback maestro, Adi Ravikumar taking this spot between the sticks, while virgin pairings of veteran, Kavin Singh and teenager, Mika Michalowski in centreback, and Sanil Khatri and Attapol Thomprasert in the heart of midfield took the trialing into unchartered waters, more so when Sergey Darovskikh and Casimir Simon were thrust into the start after lengthy injury and commitment induced layoffs.
Interestingly, the casual friendly provided a moment for sentiment after the Hilderincs granted Shiv Tulsiani permission to turn up for his boyhood side instead, and remarkably one of the Blacks’ key performers in recent games scored a last minute equaliser for Bayshore when both the team last played to a 1-1 draw back in 2017.
Starting the game on a well-watered pitch following a downpour, the Hilderincs, though took a while to get into the flow of things, so found themselves in good groove as they started to effect the play against a youthful Bayshore side who despite their rustiness looked lively and ready to take advantage of any unfamiliarity within the Blacks’ ranks.
Looking good when they kept to pre-match plans, the Hilderincs were in the mood for goals, though impressive instinctive defending by none else than Shiv Tulsiani on couple of occasion held the Blacks at bay.
However, as per instructions, James Ryall’s pinpoint cross into the box was met intuitively by Mohd Erzan, who tucked the ball into the back of the net to break the deadlock in a tight contest.
The goal infused the Blacks who were now seeking to double their advantage at any given opportunity, and they came close when Mohd Erzan telepathically set up Ian Morris, but the skipper’s crisp volley sailed narrowly off the mark.
While it would have been an early contender for the goal of the season had it gone in, Sunny Tharidu made no mistake with his belter after his shot rocketed into the back of the net through crowded legs following a corner to give the Hilderincs a comfortable lead into the break, so they thought.
In fact, caution against their recent dissolution holding a lead, more specially a two-goal lead was repeatedly sermonsied.
And the first kick of the restart gave confidence that it might be a different sort of afternoon after all after Aamir Fikri’s audacious kickoff nearly caught the keeper napping, but his belated reaction was helped when the ball bounced off the post and to safety.
However, the theme for the second half was set very early by Bayshore FC who decided to throw caution to the wind and press the Hilderincs, who looked nervy and unsure, a far cry from their earlier stead.
Despite being left off the hook on a couple of occasions, the Blacks were insipid, lacking in imagination to counter Bayshore’s approach.
Consequently, and as feared, the opponents reduced the deficit with an early goal sending the Hilderincs into a state of insecure alarm, and within a short interval, they drew level in parallel circumstances, leaving the Blacks with a sense of déjà vu.
Several adjustments restored assuredness back to the Hilderincs and were unfortunate not to have gone ahead after a slaloming Mika Michalowski put the ball into the back of the net, only for the referee to pull play back for an infringement instead of allowing the advantage.
Though, belatedly after the game the official admitted he should have done the sensible latter.
With barely minutes left on the clock and the game heading for an entertaining draw, as it was in the previous meeting two years ago, Bayshore FC scored a late goal, but one which proved to be the winner on this occasion.
While rightfully annoyed with the result, the Blacks will put matters into perspective and applaud the players for their endeavour on the day of limited resources without sweeping the need to address key elements in their game under the rug as they continue their preparation.
Bayshore FC 3 : Hilderinc FC 2
Goals: Mohd Erzan, Sunny Tharidu
1. Adi Ravikumar
2. James Ryall
3. Kavin Singh
4. Mika Michalowski
5. Sergey Darovskikh
6. Sunny Tharidu
7. Sanil Khatri
8. Attapol Thomprasert
9. Casimir Simon
10. Ian Morris
11. Mohd Erzan
12. Aamir Fikri
13. Basil Al Barr
14. Guilherme Imai
Categories: Match Day