|Posted on February 26, 2017 at 10:20 AM|
With the Blacks poised to return to league action a week on after an incredible five week enforced recess in a highly interrupted ESPZEN Saturday League season, they concluded an improvised “pre-season” programme with an entertaining draw against Boundary Ville FC.
Still without several regulars, and having couple of recent additions getting into the stride of things, there were no whinges with having to play another friendly as suppose to a potential banana skins in the league.
While starting with the same back four as last week, the same could not be said of the midfield which saw only Nicholas Ledenmark remain as Wong Yih-Khai and Serhat Dalbeyler took their spot alongside in a focused attempt at squad permutation, as Logaraj Sundram and Rahmat Saring winged debutant David Calvert.
It was a purposefully start for both teams, though the Blacks were in within a finish inside the third minute if not for the ball being picked off the feet of Rahmat Saring as he lined up for a shot, while Basil Al Barr came within inches of cushioning a fine Logaraj Sundram into the back of the net two minutes later.
However, the Blacks were rewarded no sooner when Rahmat Saring applied the touches to another fine Logaraj cross following a quick counter attack for the lead with only eight minutes gone.
But the Hilderincs’ advantage lasted just a minute when a defensive tangle under pressure gifted the Villes an equaliser.
With the leveller invigorating the opponents, the game tilted from the Blacks, and were further punished for their inattention with a well taken goal, not undeserved by Boundary Ville FC, though preventable at the same breath.
It was pretty much the Hilderincs limiting the Ville any undue invitation from then on as they came to terms with the opponents running the flanks, but with the introduction of David Zheng, who finally returned to action after a long absence, stablished their focus and with that, brought them level against the run of play.
With Serhat Dalbeyler presiding over a freekick and lofting it into the Ville penalty box, the keeper misjudged the flight of the ball and dropped at the feet of Rahmat Saring, who was never going to pass a gift in a thousand years, duly punished the custodian and brought the Hilderincs level.
Luxembourger, David Calvert, came close to hooking in the third for the Blacks on his bow, as Rahmat was denied a first half hat-trick by the fingertips of the goalkeeper just before the break.
The Hilderincs shaped up in the second half with variations to the line-up, giving an opportunity to everyone to have full benefits of the fixture, with fully focus and attention firmly fixed on next Saturday’s encounter with Playground Rivals FC.
The restart was a battle of wits between two sides that were keen to cancel each other out at every department, providing answers to questions asked.
Though it was Boundary Ville FC who took the lead for the second time with another well taken goal, with the forward picking his spot in the far corner intelligently.
However, it was the Hilderincs who took the game from there on with incessant pressure, earning several cornerkicks, and nearly made the most of a couple of those, if not for brave defending from the Villes, who threw themselves at the ball, denying the Blacks.
But it was from a corner that the Blacks finally found a way when they earned a penalty after Rahmat Saring was bundled in the box.
Rahmat Saring, the Blacks’ current top scorer stepped up to take the spot-kick himself and made no mistake with a well take penalty for his first hat-trick in the Hilderinc colours, pulling level for the second time in the game.
While the honours were shared, it was a positive outing for the Hilderincs were now turn their attention fully to their return to league action next Saturday, when in truth, their season really starts in earnest.
Hilderinc FC 3 : Boundary Ville FC 3
Goals: Rahmat Saring (3)
Starting Line Up
1. Gopal Peethambaran
2. Basil Al Barr
3. Denis Lobov
4. Antonio Cervero
5. Nejat Mena
6. Wong Yih-Khai
7. Serhat Dalbeyler
8. Nicholas Ledenmark
9. Logaraj Sundram
10. David Calvert
11. Rahmat Saring
12. Chris Soh
13. Simon Khaw
14. David Zheng
15. Mathew Joseph
16. Ian Morris
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