|Posted on March 5, 2023 at 9:25 AM|
Three weeks after the weather robbed them of their first win of the season and followed by two successive weeks of ignominious absence from league duties, Hilderinc Twā, returned to competitive action at their new abode, albeit with a squad still trying to shake off the effects of absentees.
The drafting of Sean Rajah, and Sergey Darovskikh, Venkat Kalairasan and Ian Morris from the Saturday Hilderincs, and the return of Mohd Hariz and Sai Ganesh, himself a victim of a lengthy injury, gave the side a chance of a proper fight against a side that demolished them in only their second game of the season back in September.
Starting tentatively, the Blacks were to blame for going behind after just 7mins into the game when inattention allowed the Japanese to score a cheeky goal, one which would have bruised the egos of the Blacks than any accomplished finish.
However, as witnessed since the turn of the year, the Hilderincs were tenacious in their response and were levelled after just 4mins, when Aqil Shah, after hitting the bar with his shot, bullet in a header from the resultant corner from Ian Morris to put the Blacks right back into the mix.
While much of the encounter was concreted in the middle of the park, the Hilderincs were active in and around the final third, and they should have taken the lead after Ian Morris, racing through on goal, sent his shot through the legs of the on-rushing goalkeeper, and with everyone connected to the Hilderinc persuasion were convinced that the net will bulge, only to be aghast to see the ball crashed against the upright.
Having been toe to toe with the opponents, the Blacks were highly infuriated to have been penalised with another spotkick, the sixth in seven weeks they have played, and the casual manner in which it was awarded was another reason to be aggrieved.
And to compound the irritation, the Hilderincs allowed MYK a preventable third, with literally the last kick of the half, leaving them a needless mountain to climb yet again.
Not lacking in endeavour, the Blacks were ready to try and overturn the disadvantage, but were pushed back further when the conceded another causal goal, early in the second period, and cruelly, a fifth was scored against the run of play to remove any likelihood of a challenge.
However, though the game was beyond them, the Hilderincs made a final rally, showing character in the face of defeat.
And with keeper Jose Kasijo keeping them in the game with several fine saves, they could have made the scoreline a little easy for reading with their chances, the Blacks were unable to change the headline, but there was plenty of resolve and hope to get up and go again next week, but with several players already counted out, the first battle, will, like much of the season, will be with the numbers first.
Hilderinc Twā 1 : FC MYK 5
Aqil Shah 11’
POM: Lim Yangshan
[Assist: Ian Morris 11’]
1. Jose Kasijo (GK)
2. Sean Rajah
3. Lim Yangshan
4. Venkat Kalairasan
5. Sergey Darovskikh
6. Daryl Wong
7. Hafiz Khir
8. Sam Lindley
9. Aqil Shah
10. Ian Morris
11. Thuwun “Tutu” Soe
12. Mervyn Tan
13. Mohd Hariz
14. Neo Yao Sheng
15. Sai Ganesh
16. Sasikumar Manirasan
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