|Posted on April 4, 2017 at 10:50 PM|
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Report by Chua Yuxuan
In preparation for the upcoming SG Merlion Challenge Cup 2017, Hilderincs Twā FC started their second match since formation against the youthful and newly formed Bishan 11 FC, and with Merlion Sports City being HTFC’s “home ground” for the foreseeable future, much work was needed from the Blacks to turn it into a fortress.
The Blacks started the first 15mins brightly, with livewire attackers Benny Ng, Leonard Chua, Basil Al Barr and Joe Nyi Too combining well down the channels on a few occasions to expose the lack of understanding and familiarity in the Bishan’s backline, while midfield lynchpins Matthew Joseph and Fahmi Noor were onto every first ball and tackling with conviction, along with the familiar backline consisting of skipper for the day Kavin Singh, Azman Azmi, David Zheng and Chua Yuxuan thwarting away the minimum threat that Bishan has to offer, hence leaving stand-in goalkeeper Mohana “Heskey” with almost no feel of the ball.
However, the final play was missing in HTFC’s approach, with too much fancy foot work when shooting was the easier option proved frustrating at times.
The home team was soon punished for their lack of cutting edge 15mins into the game, when a long punt forward from Bishan’s goalkeeper caught the Black’s highline off guard, leaving their striker with just Heskey to beat, and he calmly rolled the ball past the stranded keeper.
Not to be undone, the Blacks continued playing the only way they know how; moving the ball on the ground, keeping possession and pinning the opponent in their own half.
Perseverance paid off on the 30mins mark when a corner from the right was not dealt with, leaving both HTFC and Bishan 11 scraping for the ball, and fortunately for the Hilderincs, makeshift striker Basil was on hand to poke the ball into the net, albeit a touch from the keeper.
For all the pretty football that HTFC was producing, “route one” seems to be the order of the day, and another punt from the Bishan’s defence broke the high defensive line that HTFC had setup, and sent their striker on his way, rounding Heskey and prodding the ball into the empty net.
In truth, the scoreline might have read 3-1 going into the break in Bishan 11’s favour if not for the woodwork.
Though the Blacks were decent, much change was needed for the second half to infuse some cutting edge in the final third, with Kumaresan Maniam, Parthiban Aruchamy, Rahmat Saring, and Hilderincs’ top scorer on many occasion Sashikumar Mahathevan brought on to shake things up, while Saturday side's, Micheal De Bear provided added much needed strength and depth to the fledgling squad.
But with the second half barely started, HTFC found themselves in even deeper trouble in the most comical of ways.
Heskey was called upon to make a wonderful one on one stop but in doing so caused the ball to inadvertently fall onto an incoming Bishan player, however, his first time shot at the gapping net was blocked by deliberately by Parthi’s hand.
Despite Parthiban Aruchamy protest, which was rightly ignored, the defender was shown a red card while a penalty was awarded, but as this was a friendly game, the referee magnanimously allowed HTFC to replace the offender with another player instead.
With a lot of football left to be played, HTFC dished out some direct football of their own in search of a goal to narrow the gap, though Logaraj Sundram, Rahmat Saring and Benny Ng missed chances of their own to do so.
Nonetheless, a second goal soon followed with Loga guiding the ball into the top corner from a corner, galvanising Blacks as they poured forward in search of an equaliser.
Rahmat Saring’s trickery and pace down the right was too much for Bishan 11 to handle as an intended cross struck their defender’s arm, giving the Blacks a lifeline.
With Kumaresan Maniam stepping up, though not a familiar face in the Hilderincs’ lineage of penalties takers, did himself no favour as he skied the ball well above the bar.
And as the saying goes, when it rains, it pours, Bishan 11 FC soon killed the game off with some good footwork by their outstanding right winger, as he danced past the entire Hilderincs’ defence before slotting the ball into the back of the net.
This match was indeed a stepping stone for HTFC in terms of lesson in both attacking and defending as they prepare to play their first ever competitive game, kicking off in SG Merlion Cup next Sunday on 9th April 2017.
Hilderinc Twā FC 2 : Bishan 11 FC 4
Goals: Basil Al Barr, Logaraj Sundram
Red Card: Parthiban Aruchamy
Starting Line Up
1. Mohana “Heskey” Raj
2. Chua Yuxuan
3. Kavin Singh
4. Azman Azmi
5. David Zheng
6. Matthew Joseph
7. Fahmi Noor
8. Joe Nyi Too
9. Leonard Chua
10. Benny Ng
11. Basil Al Barr
12. Logaraj Sundram
13. Nicholas Ledenmark
14. Rahmat Saring
15. Kumaresan Maniam
16. Parthiban Aruchamy
17. Michael De Bear
18. Sashikumar Mahathevan
Categories: Match Day