|Posted on November 19, 2017 at 9:15 AM|
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Another null in league fixture allowed Hilderinc FC to engage themselves with a free and easy friendly against J Team, with nothing more than to luxuriate in less intense circumstances the foremost objective, though next week’s clash with ORD FC was always lingering at the back of their minds.
Glad to be far from the haunting realms of Anderson Secondary School, where they have been ensnared in a bewildering sense of melancholia in recent times, especially in their last two league games, the Blacks were in a much jolly mood at Bedok South.
The game also served to be a farewell for Hoonki Song, who returns home after a highly successful six month spell, and the Hilderincs duly honoured the South Korean for his massive contributions.
In contrary to last weekend’s improvised state, the Blacks found themselves in good health with the return of Dionisis Kolokotsas, Adib Alias, Goh Heng Kiat, Basil Al Barr, along with Logaraj Sundram, who added a shift to his duties with the Hilderinc Twās on Sunday.
The tone of the afternoon as set when the Hilderincs allowed Lim Yong Kiat a seven minute cameo as rightback, and the goalkeeper almost immediately repaid the gesture with the first effort on goal, and while it narrowly missed its mark, he would have made it hard of future requests to play outfield if he had scored.
However, it was the Blacks who would take the ball out of the net when a momentary inattentiveness allowed J Team to steal a header, beating Sunny Tharidu inside five minutes.
Despite the minor irritation of conceding a soft goal lingered a moment, the Hilderincs were so back in their stride with their fluid football.
Within three minutes of going behind, Oleg Ponomarev, making his bow for the Blacks, was denied a goal by the goalkeeper after being put through brilliantly by Diogo Baptista.
For all the Hilderinc push, Sunny Tharidu was responsible to keep them in the game with two alert saves, one from a quick counterattack, and another from an opportunistic long range shot, which made it hard for the defender turner keeper when it bounced just in front of him, but he did well to push it to safety.
Gathering inspiration, the Blacks were in irresistible tactical form with their patient pass and move football, moving the ball with confidence and supreme poise.
And they duly pulled level when Oleg Ponomarev smashed in from outside the box following a quickly taking cornerkick, for an impressive debut from the Russian, whom to Blacks hope to add to their fold amid interest from a certain team, a known perennial player hoarder in local amateur football.
The Blacks were unfortunate not to take a comfortable lead into the break when Adib Alias’ deft lop into an empty goal was cleared off the line and Diogo Baptista’s effort missed the target by inches.
The pace was less intense in the second half as both teams rung in the changes, but the Hilderincs, still possessing considerable quality, was also a step ahead of their opponents.
While no goals were added, mentionable excitement was created with the several missed chances, most important in the interest of the Blacks was Lim Yong Kiat’s penalty save after the Hilderincs were penalised after Wong Yih-Khai was penalised, though the defender showed excellent judgement not to have himself sent off for a professional foul prior to that.
Yong Kiat, already having had a number of saves from the spot, added another to the tally with a good save, after employing his usual mind games, which worked wonders to put off the taker as expected.
At the other end, winner of multiple HFC top scorer awards, Logaraj Sundram, usually deadly with his opportunities, missed the best chance of the game when he sent the ball over the goal from a foot away, a miss the forward was glad that it was not caught on camera.
Couple more notable chances fell to the Blacks, and in both occasions, it was the leftbacks, Basil Al Barr and Mike De Bear, who came closest to breaking the parity, though efforts from Erdogan Albay, Marko Belak and Oleg Ponomarev would have had the desired outcome as well.
In the end it mattered little as the Hilderincs were less interested in the result of the day than the manner they played their football, and they did not disappoint with one of the best pass and move football, even earning rave plaudits from their opponents, who were clearly impressed with their attitude and abilities.
J Team 1 : Hilderinc FC 1
Goal: Oleg Ponomarev
1. Sunny Tharidu
2. Lim Yong Kiat
3. Dionisis Kolokotsas
4. Nicholas Ledenmark
5. Mike De Barr
6. Adib Alias
7. Diogo Baptista
8. Hoonki Song
9. Oleg Ponomarev
10. Ian Morris
11. Erdogan Albay
12. Goh Heng Kiat
13. Logaraj Sundram
14. Basil Al Barr
15. Denis Lobov
16. Marko Belak
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