|Posted on March 7, 2020 at 10:35 AM|
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Going into the second of three friendly game series, Hilderinc FC were in positive mood as they stepped up preparation ahead of their final couple of league fixtures to conclude their debut campaign in ESPZEN Saturday Division 1.
Glad to finally have Mika Michalowski, last season’s Player of the Season back in the fold, the Blacks were equally excited to improve their ranks with debutants, Vincent Wahala, Melvin Sathananthan and Dery added to the squad after they were left stymied by absent players, but with the Club deciding to refresh the squad, these additions were a timing one to replace their missing ones.
With objectives of friendlies always to experiment, the Hilderincs turned up with a variant formation, partly influenced by the limitations to both fullback roles, but also to infuse changeability, especially when matters on the pitch warrants alternations.
The fresh setup took little to settle in and within 5mins found themselves a goal to the good when goalkeeper Kelvin Lee’s huge punt upfield was bravely header into the net by Dery for an instant introduction in the Hilderinc colours.
Though positive in their approach, the Blacks were quickly pegged back when Skopet pulled level just 5mins later through a well-taken freekick, which caused the Hilderincs to stutter for weak reasons when they were primed to deal with the speculative threat from the opponents.
Such was their loss of focus that they found themselves a goal behind when lack of concentration duly had them punished heading into the first quarter of the tie.
Annoyed, the Blacks reorganised and simplified their tactics at the waterbreak and resumed in hell bend fashion, seeking immediate reaction to the first 20mins.
Moving Mika Michalowski to the forefront of attack and restructuring the middle of the park with Melvin Sathananthan, Sunny Tharidu and more mobile Vincent Wahala, the Blacks were dynamic off the blocks.
In a sweet 10 min period, the Hilderincs should have added four goals but when they were not whizzing past the upright through Michalowski and Wahala efforts, the post denied Ian Morris after an audacious attempt to loop the keeper from a tight angle, and most madly, a guilt-edge miss from last season’s player of the season when he put the ball over the crossbar with the goal begging to be breached.
Therefore, for all the retort, the Hilderincs went into the break curiously a goal behind.
The restart was full of intention, but it lasted a mere 2mins when a bad and unwanted mistake rendered the Blacks further adrift, even before they got going for the second half.
Hilderincs’ response was swift and could have pulled a goal back after Dery biting on every ball, latched onto a loose pass before finding Ian Morris, whose sweeping effort was only kept away by the fingertips of the goalkeeper.
Keeping the pressure, the Blacks were convinced that they had scored but a well-taken shot by Vincent Wahala smacked the upright, and agonisingly, Aamir Fikri’s follow up clipped the other upright before going out.
Dery was next to be denied, and this time it was the goalkeeper again who made an important save at the feet of the Indonesian after being set through by an intelligent Wahala pass.
Having denied four clear chances in the first 17mins of the second period, the Hilderincs highly aggrieved when they fell another goal behind with another carbon copy of the first half freekick, knocking them behind once again.
Now with nothing to lose in the final quarter, the Blacks removed all the stops in a bid to get something what of the game, even if intangible, to fulfil the objectives of the run out.
In full tilt, the Hilderincs were direct and forceful in their endeavours, seeking a way through as Mika Michalowski was restored to spearhead the push.
Working hard, the Blacks were yet again halted when the keeper, in the form of his life reacted with lightning reflexes to keep out a sliced ball from his own player, and Michalowski’s follow up was cleared on the line by the remaining defender, to give a sense of feeling that the Hilderincs are not going have their day.
However, the youngster’s persistence finally paid off when he forced his way into the penalty box and with the defender shadowing him inadvertently turned towards his own goal, Ian Morris swept the ball off his feet and into the net to half the deficit.
The final 10mins resembled a training target practice as the Blacks peppered the opponents half over and over again to claw level with efforts from Mika, Vincent, Melvin and Ian all coming close.
Though having had more than ten goal scoring opportunities in a game and not win would be hard felt, the Hilderinc produced one of their most hardworking game to date to give some positives going forward, especially with the reshaping of the squad with quality and consistency in numbers will be noteworthy as they look forward to their third and final prep game in a week’s time.
Hilderinc FC 2 : Skopet FC 4
Dery 5’, Ian Morris 69’
1. Kelvin Lee
2. Fahmy Barker
3. Dionisis Kolokotsas
4. Nicholas Ledenmark
5. Sunny Tharidu
6. Marc Trotter
7. Vincent Wahala
8. Mika Michalowski
10. Ian Morris
11. Aamir Fikri
12. Christopher Mark
13. Koh Kah Hoong
14. Melvin Sathananthan
15. Nabil Zahrif
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