|Posted on November 26, 2017 at 11:50 PM|
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By Chua Yuxuan
When it rains, it pours for Hilderinc Twā FC, as they suffered their worst defeat since formation when that collapsed at the hands of Motherland FC.
Ironically, it was also against the same opponents that the Blacks showed great mental strength, exhibiting the Hilderinc never-say-die attitude when they met earlier in a pre-season friendly.
However, it was the total opposite in only their second D2D PM League fixture as they were found lackluster, mistake littered, unmotivated.
If one was looking for excuses, perhaps the no shows in defence and midfield due to various reasons, which rendered the Blacks razor thin, could somehow provide some mitigation, so much so that several Saturday Blacks had to fill in the void left by the absentees.
Despite knowing what to expect from the quick, physical, sharp and motivated Myanmarese, the Twās let all the pre-match talk and preparation to waste once they stepped onto the pitch.
Astoundingly, 4-0 down within the first 20 minutes, even the gods could not have saved them, though the evergreen striker Sashikumar Mahathevan pulled one back with a delightful chip over the keeper, after being put through by Steve Tan, while Kumaresan Maniam’s penalty kept the score line respectable going into the break.
With the score reading Hilderinc Twā FC 2 : 6 Motherland FC, one could have been forgiven to wonder for all comebacks that HTFC had pulled off before, this one was a very, very tall order indeed.
A change of formation in the second half saw the Blacks more composed as they pressed with more determination.
However, the nightmare of the first period was still playing in the minds of the players and Motherland FC continued racking up the score line, before a half fit Logaraj Sundram, trying to be optimistic, scored with an audacious volley outside the penalty box.
The Blacks could have half the deficit with another penalty, but were unfortunate to see the spotkick saved, summing up the theme of the day.
Dejected and low in confidence, the Sunday Blacks were happy to hear the sound of the full time whistle.
And for one, if the numbers do not improve, this story has all the potential to repeat itself against another formidable Myanmarese side in May Kha FC, when the Hilderinc face them next.
Hilderinc Twā FC 3 : Motherland FC 8
Goals: Sashikumar Mahathevan, Kumaresan Maniam, Logaraj Sundram
Man of the Match: Basil Al-Barr
1. Liao Jincai “J.C”
2. Nicholas Ledenmark
3. David Zheng
4. Wong Yih-Khai
5. Mike De Bear
6. Joe Kyaw
7. Darren Tan
8. Ian Morris
9. Chua Yuxuan
10. Sashikumar Mahathevan
11. Omar Mahnin
12. Dennis Lum
13. Kumaresan Maniam
14. Steve Tan
15. Basil Al-Barr
16. Logaraj Sundram
Categories: Match Day