|Posted on April 28, 2018 at 1:05 PM|
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For the second successive week, Hilderinc Football Club were involved in a ten goal glut, though they were on the right end of the scoreline when they faced SkyPark FC, a freshly assembled team.
Though yet to tangibly get started with their new ESPZEN Saturday League campaign, although they had a weather induced postponement and a walkover win, the Blacks had a pre-season friendly feel to their approach, with several introductions, and an impromptu player placements.
With several still missing from matchday affairs, especially in the heart of the midfield, the Blacks yet again had an unfamiliar set-up in the middle of the park with Mathew Joseph, the Sunday Hilderinc’s stalwart begin paired with debutants, Rifki Johani and Sebastian Eraso, the latter a natural wingback.
Not to undone, the Hilderincs were forced to alter their attacking options when skipper Ian Morris suffered a pre-match recurrence of an injury, leaving a youngsters Nabil Zahrif and Riley Aimin in partnership with Cristian Peligros, who finally made his bow with the Hilderincs on Saturday, after spending a short introductory stint on Sundays with Hilderinc Twā.
While the opponents were acquainting themselves, they were the better starters as the Blacks looked a tad sloppy and slow in getting their usual poise going, though Mathew Joseph and Riley Aimin provided the early tests.
However, a moment of flat-footedness had the Hilderincs unexpectedly trailing just pass the tenth minute when SkyPark FC shocked them with a well taken goal, though the opportunity was presented to them in the first place.
The unlikely goal prompted the Blacks to make an early change as Kumaresan Maniam was brought on, followed by an incapacitated Ian Morris at the midway mark of the first period, a reckless risk, one that was not second thought in the circumstances the Blacks found themselves in.
Within minutes the gamble paid off when the skipper laid a through ball for Glenn Sandhu in the box before the fantastic rightback setup Riley Aimin for a simple finish to draw the Hilderincs level.
Turning the flow their way, the Hilderincs found their feet and kept the impetus going with their possession and passing football.
But it was from a set-piece that the Blacks took the lead after Nicholas Ledenmark’s floated freekick was laid off by Cristian Peligros to Mike De Bear, who made no mistakes to find the top corner for his first ever goal for the Hilderincs.
However, the Hilderincs’ lead would last just about three minutes when SkyPark FC restored parity just before the break with another well-taken goal, and yet again punishing the Blacks for their slackness.
The second half was a more measured one by HFC who increased the tempo, and their experience was telling against a side, though lacking in obvious symmetry put on a good show.
Yet, there was only one game that stood as Cristian Peligros more than made up for his delayed debut for the Saturday Hilderincs by running riot, knocking in five goals to cap a magnificent start.
First, coolly slotting in a long Dionisis Kolokotsas freekick, though SkyPark equalised immediately for the second time after that, but the Spaniard soon regained the lead with a well-taken shot from a Kumaresan Maniam pass for his second hand the Black’s fourth.
The Hilderinc’s new number 7, saved the best for his hat-trick when after winning a freekick, dispatched a pinpoint shot into the top left corner, giving the keeper no chance.
With a similar pattern forming, the Cristian Show rolled on with two more goals, as the forward completed a devastating afternoon.
While the Blacks had the woodwork to thank for denying the opponents a fourth after a spillage, it was a work well done, so much so, there was even a cameo from Rifki Johani’s son, Irfan, in doing so, entered the history books by becoming the first father and son pair to take to the pitch for the Hilderincs.
Tougher challenges await the Blacks as they resume their league commitments next week when they take on Graduate Soccer Team, and better numbers will be expected going forward, but today’s performance would have given them some valued direction moving forward.
Special mention to SkyPark FC, though makeshift, they showed courage in taking the game to the Blacks, and most of all, for playing two girls in the team, both who gave a good account of themselves, and as a proponent for inclusivity, and having introduced female players in a game or two, Hilderinc Football Club applauds such a move.
Hilderinc FC 7 : SkyPark FC 3
Goals: Riley Aimin, Mike De Bear, Cristian Peligros (5)
1. Liao Jincai “JC”
2. Glenn Sandhu
3. Nicholas Ledenmark
4. Dionisis Kolokotsas
5. Mike De Bear
6. Rifki Johani
7. Mathew Joseph
8. Sebastian Eraso
9. Cristian Peligros
10. Nabil Zahrif
11. Riley Aimin
12. Na Byung Hee
13. Kumaresan Maniam
14. Parthiban Aruchamy
15. Ian Morris
16. Irfan Johani
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