|Posted on September 16, 2017 at 1:35 PM|
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Song of Myself
“With music strong I come, with my cornets and my drums,
I play not marches for accepted victors only, I play marches for conquer’d and slain persons.
Have you heard that it was good to gain the day?
I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.
I beat and pound for the dead,
I blow through my embouchures my loudest and gayest for them.
Vivas to those who have fail’d!
And to those whose war-vessels sank in the sea!
And to those themselves who sank in the sea!
And to all generals that lost engagements, and all overcome heroes!
And the numberless unknown heroes equal to the greatest heroes known!”
Hilderinc Football Club’s counsel for magnanimity in victory
After the opening round of games, week two of the ESPZEN Saturday Division 3 fixtures had the Hilderincs and Magista FC, the two teams who opened the season with identical results pitting against each other in a very early top of the table clash, though such billing was way too soon at this infant stage of the campaign.
Although the late withdrawals of Lim Yong Kiat, Nicholas Ledenmark and Marko Belak meant some restriction in options, the Blacks were relatively unchanged from a week ago, apart from Raihan Hamzah who started on the right.
While playing on one of smallest pitches in amateur football was a challenge enough with the lack of space for the Black’s passing game, the task was made tricky against a side managed by former Hilderinc, Cody Lim, who were expected to turn up with their fast game.
And it was the Blacks’ inattentiveness in the opening quarter that left them trailing to two quick goals, much to their collective annoyance.
However, with the referee taking centre-stage with his dubious decisions all around, the match descended into a tough skirmish in the middle of the park with both teams trying to force the issue, though the Hilderincs rode out the early pressing and turned the attention on the Magistas after a tactical switch.
After several attempts at breaking past the opponents’ rearguard with expansive play, the Blacks finally found a way through rudimentary football as Denis Lobov’s punt up the small field was turned into the back of the net by Ian Morris’ deft header pass a stranded keeper.
While some had theorised that it was an “unbelievable fluke”, Hilderinc FC TV had complied a footage to show that there was nothing remotely a chance occurrence with the forward’s goal, who had scored similarly one more than occasion.
It was indeed a much needed boost for the Blacks just before the break, and that set the tone for a pulsating second half.
Sensing the early exertions had taken the toil, the Hilderincs pulled the stops and went full throttle with finding a way back into the game.
Stimulated, rather than distracted by one condescending element, the 42 year old Ian Morris took matters into his hands to spark a revival against players half his age.
Winning a foul at the edge of the box, the skipper found Stepan Lobov with a precision freekick for the Russian to head in the equaliser, a delightful partnership forming between the two who produced and scored in alike fashion last week.
Moments later, with Hoonki Song in his tenacious best, Ian Morris applied the finishing touches to the South Korean’s brilliant work with another header in to put HFC in the lead, coming back from two goals down.
Though the Blacks were in buoyant mood with the likes of Adib Alias, Xerxes Lee, Goh Heng Kiat and Mohd Farzuli complementing the front two in the Magista defensive third, a disputed penalty would bring the game back on parity.
While it was a keenly fought and entertaining contest, two Magista shots hitting the crossbar and Stepan Lobov’s loop which narrowly missed the frame of the goal, could have tilted the match either way, and with less than five minutes left on the clock, one could have been forgiven to think that a draw would have been a fair result for the two battling sides.
However, it was not to be the Hilderincs’ afternoon as they were dealt a sucker punch after the opponents scored from a freekick with just minutes left on the clock.
Even at the face of defeat, the Blacks did not fail in trying to wrestle the game from the dead, but ultimately ran of time in their endevour.
Although it was an irritating defeat, especially considering the fact that the Hilderincs showed incredible courage to overturn a two goal deficit to take the lead, the Blacks will take heart of their mettle, and with much of the season yet to play, nothing can be considered won or lost at this point.
Magista FC 4 : Hilderinc FC 3
Goals: Ian Morris (2), Stepan Lobov
MOM: Ian Morris
Yellow Cards: Stepan Lobov
1. Gopal Peethamabaran
2. Glenn Sandhu
3. Denis Lobov
4. Dionisis Kolokotsas
5. Goh Heng Kiat
6. Jon Loh
7. Adib Alias
8. Raihan Hamzah
9. Stepan Lobov
10. Ian Morris
11. Hoonki Song
12. Sunny Tharidu
13. Mike De Bear
14. Mohd Fazuli
15. Basil Al Barr
16. Xerxes Lee
Categories: Match Day