|Posted on December 7, 2019 at 8:15 AM|
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In what started off with much excitement, opportunism and poise, turned into an outrageous six months since June for Hilderinc FC as they suffered the worst run of their near 20 year history, and they could have been forgiven to be delighted to see the back end of 2019 with the final game of the year ahead of the festive break.
Having struggled with restricted, sometimes decimated matchday numbers, mainly due to high count of injuries and work induced unavailabilities, the ride was been nothing short of excruciating torment every other week.
Lacking any semblance of consistency and options in every line-up for the last half a dozen months, the Blacks were pleased to have a good squad present, albeit containing two debutants, recent inductees and several others who returned after spells away.
Eager to give a good account of themselves, whatever the outcome might render at the end of the day, the Hilderincs were in fine form from the get go, and were active in staking their intentions early on.
Keeping the ball with crispy passing and movement on and off the ball, the Blacks looked good despite their newness in some departments.
Prodding persistently, they drew first blood when a quick touch and go move between Gabriel Magalhães and debutant Fahmy Barker saw the latter send in a delightful ball, setting it on the platter for Ian Morris to bury his header into the back of the net from close range.
It was a prefect shot in the arm for a side who needed some love from the footballing gods more than anyone this year.
While keeping their intensity and seeking a second to solidify their lead, lack of attention defending a corner allowed Magista to drew level with their first real opportunity of the game and within 7minutes of their opener, much to the annoyance to the Hilderincs, who up to that point looked rock-hard defensively, though they continued to look unsure dealing with corners for the rest of the half, perhaps the fresh coming together of many a mitigating factor.
Taking advantage of the mid-game water, the Blacks refreshed the personnel, taking into account the high pressing game they were employing.
However, testament to their luckless pickles in the campaign played out so far, while seeking to reclaim their lead, a highly sloppy mistake under zero pressure allowed the opponents to capitalise, with the Hilderincs architect of their own punishment, a needless on at that.
Undaunted, the Hilderincs continued to ask the right questions and everyone on the ground thought they had levelled it before the break when the impressive Fahmy Barker and Vivek Kalyan combined to draw the keeper out of position, however Adrien Kwong’s attempt to put the ball into the empty net missed the mark by inches.
And that would have given the game a vastly different outlook had that gone in, especially heading into the break.
Having to chase the game, the Blacks alternated their formation during the recess in an attempt to pursue parity, while countering the hit and dash football the opponents were positioning.
With the way things have been going, “everything they hit goes in” concept took a life on its own as the Hilderincs found themselves picking the ball out of the net within 2minutes of the restart after Magista’s forward proved to be a classic number 9 the Blacks have been crying out for.
Unrelenting high pressing from the Blacks meant that the rest of the game was played out in the opponents’ half, save for occasional forays which were dealt with relative comfort, though the HFC’s insistent attention at the other end of the pitch was equally countered, though Bryan Simis and Fahmy Barker were unfortunate not to add their names onto the final tally with the chances that fell their way.
Having started the day with disregard for the result in exchange for a good showing, the Hilderincs can be calm with the fact that when they do have proper numbers, they will give a good showing of themselves, though they will most certainly put 2019 in context for being unquestionably shocking, and with their position in the ESPZEN Saturday League Division 1 table precarious, they cannot effort to enter 2020 ill-prepared, especially that been their 20th Anniversary year.
Till January, when the Blacks will resume action, it will be a time to say Good Riddance to 2019.
Hilderinc FC 1 Magista FC 3
Ian Morris 9’
MOM: Muhd Mikhail
1. Lim Yong Kiat
2. Sergey Darovskikh
3. Bryan Simis
4. Muhd Mikhail
5. Santiago Guerrero
6. Sunny Tharidu
7. Samuel Lalramnghaka
8. Koh Kah Hoong
9. Gabriel Magalhães
10. Ian Morris
11. Fahmy Barker
12. Christopher Mark
13. Adrien Kwong
14. Basil Al Barr
15. James Ryall
16. Sanil Khatri
17. Vivek Kalyan
Categories: Match Day