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Finally... The Blacks Get Their Pre-Season Going

Posted on July 13, 2019 at 10:40 AM


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After two weeks of less than desired attempts at getting their pre-season preparation going, Hilderinc Football Club, at last, got their gears properly worked with a productive outing against FC SkyPark Arena at Naval Base Secondary.


For the first time in three game, HFC were able to field players in their own position rather than the mix and match they were forced into with patchy numbers.


With the presence of several of the mainstay and the return of Adib Alias and Goh Heng Kiat provided recent to be optimistic, though the latter two’s involvement in the new season will be managed progressively.


All but one visit to the north had greeted the Blacks with blistering heat and it was no different as the weather gave extra test, apart from the football.


Being in the proper end of the numbers, the couple of Hilderincs were given the opportunity for game time while SkyPark waited for their own to turn up.


Moving away from just turning up to play a game, the Blacks, with a suitable lineup were focused on working on technical facets of their play, especially with the new season in ESPZEN Division 1 already an objective achieved.


While SkyPark’s own improvisation of personnel was apparent, the Hilderincs took a bit of time to get accustomed to the newly laid and very dry pitch, which had several players comically losing their footing as the ball reacted to the virgin friction.


However, despite the initial getting used to, the Blacks got their movement going and soon took the lead through Sanil Khatri, who beat the offside trap and tucked the ball away.


The typical full on running of Gabriel Magalhãs allowed him to profit from a high press as he put the first of his two on day to give the Hilderincs a comfortable outlook.


And with Adib Alias making it 3-0 from a corner on his return to the colours, the Blacks were cruising but with the weather playing a major part and to sustain their endeavour for the rest of the game, the Hilderincs made minor tweaks to keep the side as fresh as possible, but they looked measured and good for the money going into the break undisturbed.


Despite changes, the momentum was with the Hilderincs with their usual pass and move football, and it was no surprise that they made sure of the proceedings with goals from Gabriel Magalhãs and Nico Olvera, who looked lively in his role in the heart of the midfield, and could feature there prominently in the upcoming campaign, though he had a couple of outings there in last season.


While scoring goals has always been a key feature, their recent frugality at the back has been an added dimension for the Hilderincs, but just when they looked headed for another clean sheet, a speculative attempt at the near post sneaked in, though goal-line technology would have had a clearer say if the whole of ball did indeed cross the line.


By their own high standards, a goal against was not a welcomed interruption and the Blacks’ response was quick and forceful.


They added two more in the closing stages through an own goal and an Ian Morris tap in, but and could have scored an eighth after Nico Olvera hit the side-netting from a corner.


In the end, it was a perfect day for the Hilderincs who finally got their preparation up and running, and will only one pre-season game left, the Blacks will take the training seriously as they look ahead.


Final Score

FC SkyPark Arena 1 : Hilderinc FC 7

Goals: Sanil Khatri, Gabriel Magalhãs (2), Adib Alias, Nico Olvera, Opp O.G., Ian Morris


Starting Lineup

1. Gowtham Durai

2. James Ryall

3. Sunny Tharidu

4. Nicholas Ledenmark

5. Basil Al Barr

6. Adib Alias

7. Diogo Baptista

8. Nico Olvera

9. Gabriel Magalhãs

10. Ian Morris

11. Sanil Khatri


Substitutes

12. Darren Tan

13. Goh Heng Kiat

14. Nabil Zahrif

15. Sergey Darovskikh

16. Hariharan Yem




Categories: Match Day