|Posted on October 19, 2015 at 12:10 AM|
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Electing against an idle weekend, the Hilderinc Football Club were arranged a friendly against ESPZEN Saturday League Division 4 side, Playground Rivals FC, after the Blacks’ march towards the upper reaches of the Sunday League Division 4 table, reinforced by their recent positive performances, was disrupted when their intended opponents, The Legacy FC, postponed the league fixture due to their inability to field a team, adding to the Blacks’ list of games in hand.
With both teams hoping to use the opportunity to keep themselves in peak condition for their respective season objectives, served up an eventful game in which the Hilderincs performed a remarkable comeback in the second half after going two goal behind in the first.
The Blacks, forced by several absentees, especially in defence, rung in the changes to keep the Rivals, who has had an impressive 100% winning started their campaign, in check.
Despite playing with an unfamiliar backline, the Hilderincs made a sustained start to the game, pressing high to keep the Rivals on the back foot, with the opening quarter dictated by the Blacks, frustrating the Rivals for good measure while Nicolas Amstutz and Serhat Delbeyler made long range attempts to sneak ahead.
However, the Hilderincs focus was diverted after Mitchell Keh, whose pace was a constant nuisance, was replaced after suffering an ankle injury.
The Blacks, who held on well despite the Rivals hitting the woodwork on a couple of occasions moments earlier, for whatever reason unceremoniously let their guards down, allowing two avoidable goals against them, though the crossbar prevented a third, which would have certainly despatched them.
Though a renewed intent brought the Blacks back into the game, the proceedings were inconsistent as both sides neutralised each other, with the Hilderincs kept at bay.
The half time break gave the Hilderincs a chance to regroup and reorganise, and with targeted changes made, optimism was renewed to seek a way back into the game.
Several, along with debutant Mohammed Al Hosani, who impressed in his first outing with the Blacks, were added to the mix.
For all their positivity, the game could have been out of the Hilderincs’ reach had Nick O’Sullivan’s attempt was not chalked off for a foul on Gopal Peethambaran and the post on the other end come to their rescue for the fourth time in the game.
Relieved by the let off, the Hilderincs counted on their luck stars and produced a stirring display, turning the outcome of the game in an immaculate passage of play which saw them score five times in a twenty minute spell.
Alex Wong started the comeback with a pinpoint freekick to Serhat Delbeyler, who in turn cushioned a prefect touch for Nicolas Amstutz to sweep in the Blacks’ first.
The equaliser was about Nicolas Amstutz returning the compliments to Serhat, who collected the latter’s pass and levelled the tie with a prefect lop over the Rivals keeper.
From being two goals down and having survived no less than four strikes against the woodwork, a disallowed goal and a fine Gopal Peethambaran save, the Hilderincs turned the tide and took the lead with an Ian Morris freekick, stunning the Rivals.
The fourth was pure individual brilliance and audacity by Serhat Delbeyler, who’s Marco Van Basten like volley from an impossible angle from another Alex Wong cross put the Hilderincs level and in delirium of the quality of the strike.
Nicolas Amstutz who got the Hilderincs’ scoring going, completed the outstanding comeback when he found himself at the end of an intelligently floated ball into the box by Azman Azmi, which the Swiss tucked in between the legs of the Rivals keeper.
For all the enthralling football being played, more drama was yet to unfold as both sides were reduced to ten men each after unsavoury incident saw joint dismissals.
The referee, who had an interesting outing with his charitable nature with the cards, completed his quest for the limelight with two dubious penalties against the Blacks in the dying minutes of the game.
Having scored against his Sunday side in the first half, Hilderinc “freelancer” David Finch, completed his hat trick from the penalty spot, but there was no denying the Blacks an incredible result against a worthy opponent.
With the Hilderincs taking another week of absence from competitive action next Sunday, they will be focused on translating this good form into maximum league points in their remaining games.
Hilderinc FC 5 : Playground Rivals FC 4
Goals: Nicolas Amstutz (2), Serhat Delbeyler (2), Ian Morris
Yellow Cards: Jeevan, Serhat Delbeyler, Sunny Tharidu
Red Card: Alex Wong
Starting Line Up
1. Gopal Peethambaran
2. Alex Wong
3. Jeevan T Kannu
4. Sunny Tharidu
5. Parthiban Aruchamy
6. Mohammad Hissham
7. Serhat Delbeyler
8. Chua Yuxuan
9. Mitchell Keh
10. Ian Morris
11. Nicolas Amstutz
12. Bayu Tanmizi
13. Peter Wang
14. Leslie Eng
15. Basil Al Barr
16. Azman Azmi
17. Banjo Tasning
18. Mohammad Al Hosani
19. Rama Witjaksono
Categories: Match Day