|Posted on September 15, 2019 at 12:50 AM|
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Having endured a torrid start to their ESPZEN Division 1 season with a bizarre hat-trick of defeats in their opening three games, Hilderinc Football Club, still suffering from critically reduced and erratic numbers, took the gamble to use their one entitled postponement to sit out their originally scheduled league fixture for a friendly game instead, though the true ramification of the circumstantially induced decision, so early in the campaign is yet to be seen.
With a squad still too insubstantial for league duties without significant toil, the Hilderincs were objective to put through the paces their plans to arrest their worst start to a season, which has seen them take one step forward and two backwards for a prolonged period.
In bid to counter their recent frailties in key positions, the Blacks continued with additions to the squad, with midfielder Mohd Zaiyani and forward, Adrien Kwong given their debuts.
Starting with a strict game plan and an experimental formation, the Hilderincs wasted little time to impose themselves and took slightly over than five minutes to take the lead through new boy, Adrien Kwong who reacted sharpest to Adi Ravikumar’s long throw to send a left-foot volley into the back of the net.
Having somewhat lost their way in recent times with repeatedly ineffective football, the resolve was to return to their renowned basics of pass and move football, which has always been in their ingrained DNA, though the altered formation gave an added dimension to their purpose.
Keeping their approach simple and crisp, the Hilderincs were delightfully fluid with their movement and endeavour as they worked their ball into spaces to trouble the Wolves backline.
Although the score remained slender for the rest of the half, the Blacks came close on several occasions to extend their lead, none so than Aamir Fikri who was repeatedly denied by the Wolf FC goalkeeper who pulled off commendable saves from the youngster’s attempts.
The restart, with changes to players and some of their positions, coupled with the opponents determined to claw back from the slender disadvantage left the Hilderincs working hard than they did in the first period, though there was little trouble to their backline, more than affordable attention in their own half was not appreciated.
However, eleven minutes in, and Hilderinc FC ensured the tilt was with them when Dionisis Kolokotsas swept his shot in from Aamir Fikri’s cornerkick despite the desperate attempt of a defender to stop the ball from crossing the line, but the referee was in good position to rightfully award the goal.
Pushing for more goals, and against the run of play, the Blacks’ backline looked to have been caught flatfooted, but the referee chalked off the Wolf’s goal for offside, and though it looked to have been a wrong decision in real time, video footage proved that the official was hawk-eyed with his call, getting it correct with inches making the difference.
With the opponent’s goalkeeper again demonstrating incredible reflexes, twice denying Adrien Kwong a debut hat-trick, he was finally defeated when the Hilderincs went direct with their final three goals.
First when Adi Ravikumar’s huge kick from inside his own half was knocked onto the path of Aamir Fikri by Mohd Erzan for the latter to coolly beat the man who had denied him earlier in the afternoon.
The fourth was again from the courtesy of Adi Ravikumar’s boot, and this time from slightly inside the opponents’ turf, as the defender’s freekick was purposefully nodded in by Sanil Khatri.
The final flourish was Sanil Khatri’s, who capped an impressive outing with his brace, heading in the Blacks’ fifth from an Ian Morris freekick to give the Hilderincs a productive day’s work; and the big midfielder even had a try for a late hat-trick, only to see another header narrowly drop outside the goal.
Further chances would fall to Mohd Erzan and Ian Morris in the dying minutes, but it was it was enough on the day.
Oxymoronically, the Hilderincs have so far failed to translate their effulgence in friendly games into their league fixtures, though the quality in the opposition is a reasonable factor, the Blacks’ curiously tentative displays have been a monumental contributor.
And after all the positives, they will hope the numbers next week will not leave them hamstrung again.
Hilderinc FC 5 : Wolf FC 0
Adrien Kwong 6’, Dionisis Kolokotsas 51’, Aamir Fikri 67’, Sanil Khatri 70’, 74’
Yellow Card: Samuel Lalramnghaka
Starting Line up
1. Christopher Mark
2. Nicholas Ledenmark
3. Dionisis Kolokotsas
4. Adi Ravikumar
5. Sunny Tharidu
6. Samuel Lalramnghaka
7. Marc Trotter
8. Sanil Khatri
9. Mohd Zaiyani
10. Ian Morris
11. Adrien Kwong
12. Aamir Fikri
13. Khairil Kamis
14. Mohd Erzan
Categories: Match Day