|Posted on November 9, 2014 at 10:45 AM|
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Logaraj Sundram and Alex Todd produced a scintillating display as Hilderinc FC opened their ESPZEN Sunday League 22 season with an impressive come from behind win over Division 5 rivals AC United at The Cage@Turf City.
For the second season running, the Blacks outwitted their opponents at their home ground, again coming from a self induced goal to win the game in fine fashion.
Missing key personnel in the spine of the team, the Blacks had to call upon Frenchmen Elric Das and Adrien Chairuru, to add much needed experience to a side that had five players who were making their competitive bow for the Hilderincs.
Altering their usual setup, the Blacks were fast off the blocks, coming close to opening the account in the opening minutes with a Shasikumar shot and an Ian Morris header, both did little to trouble the AC keeper.
Keeping much of the play in the United’s half; the dominant Blacks were in full stride, though they could have done better with the hatful of chances they had created with their industry.
However, as it was in the same fixture last season, a needless blunder allowed AC United to steal the lead, after having done anything significant to that point but grateful at the Blacks’ unwitting gift.
Incensed at the manner of the goal conceded, and having brought on Logaraj Sundram and Takashi Ito, the Blacks poured forward in a bid to right the score, but in doing so, allowed AC United the opportunity to take advantage of pockets of space, un-allotted to them earlier in the game.
Several refereeing decisions and a couple of over the top challenges added to the already testy atmosphere expected with these two teams.
While they sought the equaliser, the Blacks had goalkeeper, Lim Yong Kiat to thank for when he kept them in the game with a crucial one on one save with an United forward barrelling down on him.
Within minutes, Alex Todd, who was flying down the right flank all afternoon, delivered a prefect ball across the box but with the goal at his mercy, David Dujardin was just an inch short as he stretched every sinew to poke it in the leveller.
The Hilderincs were, therefore, peeved to take an undeserved one goal deficit into the break.
The second half saw the Blacks tear into United right from the restart as they looked to draw level in the opening minutes of the remaining period.
Relentless was the word as the Hilderincs laid siege to the AC half, pressing and pushing them right to the edge.
For all pressure, the Blacks were kept at bay by some desperate defending, and could have been forgiven to wonder if it was even going to be their day when Alex Todd, once again delivered a delicious ball from the right to pick Logaraj from the crowd inside the box.
With acres of space and totally unmarked, the hotshot, uncharacteristically ballooned the ball right in front of the goal to everyone’s amazement.
But last season’s top scorer finally opened his account when he was rewarded for being at the right place, at the right time.
Obdurate pursuit of a goal, the Blacks attacked from all quarters of the pitch and they finally broken through when Ian Morris chipped in a well weight ball in towards Andy Mackay and Logaraj Sundram in the danger zone.
While the New Zealander’s header was blocked by an AC defender, Logaraj was quick to sweep the ball into the net to bring the Hilderincs back into the game.
It was the shot in the arm that the Blacks were looking for and the goal instilled belief that they can go all the way with getting all three points.
However, former Black, Leong Chi Chao nearly spoilt the script for his old teammates, if not for Lim Yong Kiat who rose well to tip his long range attempt over the bar.
And it was the Hilderinc keeper who would play a vital part in the winner when he added to his assist count when his huge kick found Logaraj Sundram marauding down the far left.
Though last season’s individual awards presentation was postponed due the Player of the Season, Karim Tabet’s absence, Logaraj made the headlines all his own when he slalomed past a host of defenders before slotting the ball into the bottom right corner to give the Hilderincs the prefect start to the new season.
Even if it was just the first game of the campaign and some rustiness was apparent, key performance along with Logaraj Sundram and Alex Todd, notably by Sunny Tharidu, Dujardin, Takashi Ito and the rest of the Hilderincs is a sure sign that they are more than ready for the challenges ahead.
AC United 1 : Hilderinc FC 2
Goals: Logaraj Sundram (2)
MOM: Logaraj Sundram
Yellow Card: David Dujardin
Starting Line Up
1. Lim Yong Kiat
2. Sunny Tharidu
3. Nicholas Ledenmark
4. Sai Ganesan
5. Alex Wong
6. Elric Das
7. David Dujardin
8. Shasikumar Mathavan
9. Andy Mackay
10. Ian Morris
11. Alex Todd
12. Logaraj Sundram
13. Chua Yuxuan
14. Adrien Chairuru
15. Dan Koh
16. Takashi Ito
17. Guy Turton
Categories: Match Day