|Posted on May 19, 2018 at 11:15 AM|
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It was a day of mixed showing from Hilderinc FC, who suffered an unmerited hiccup against Band of Brothers FC in a tightly contested game, one that was settled the odd goal after the Blacks, for the first time this season, failed to find the back of the net.
While missing several players would have been a perfect excuse, the Blacks had themselves to fault for an inconsistent display when they could have seen off the challenge in the first half, had they kept the initiative.
Making six changes to the starting lineup from a week ago, the Hilderincs’ bench was no different as the friendly provided the opportunity for debuts and experiments, as Adi Ravikumar and Alexander Bechter made their bows, while Ke Yong Xiang and Chan Chee Yong added extra minutes to their previous starts.
The Blacks were spritely starters and they were in full throttle in their early approach, passing and pressing high inside the Brothers’ half, leaving them to chase shadows, giving them not even as much a sniff in the proceedings.
Despite the occasional youthful attempted flamboyance and bravado to take matters into their own hands, the Hilderincs’ first clear chance of the day fell to Nabil Zahrif, but the youngster’s slight application was kept out by the goalkeeper.
Perhaps due to the early exertions, the Blacks eased off the control and allowed the Brothers into the game with their rushed advances, but though the opponents offered little to trouble a well-marshaled backline, they needed young goalkeeper, Na Byung Hee’s brave save to spare the blushes after a rare mis-step, taking both team into the break on a stalemate.
If the first period provided decent challenge, the restart would begin with feeble sulking from a minority of the Brothers, who would have been more apt with a game on an Xbox than an actual contact sport, as they took to clamouring about every touch and contest from the Hilderincs.
The Blacks, for their part, looked spent and under value, often choosing the hit and run, rather than their usual composed and positioned flowing self, resulting in scattered and un-pretty football.
However, it was a fact, putting into prospective, was a result of the Hilderincs were highly trialing players and positions, which at times gave an impression of disjointedness at times.
Best chances for the Blacks would fall to Ian Morris, but without his usual partners around him, looked lonely and isolated, and while couple of his efforts were saved by the keeper, other opportunities were rendered ineffective with his wrong choice of judgment.
As just the game was petering towards a rare goalless draw from the Hilderincs, a shot from distance would break the hearts of the Blacks, who were then unfortunate not to concede a second at the dead, after another calamitous error.
While any defeat is highly hurtful for the Hilderincs, who set high standards for themselves; these friendlies are geared towards refining issues, especially with new and returning players assimilating and regaining match fitness respectively, though with league commitments resuming soon, time is on a luxury for the Blacks.
Hilderinc FC 0 : Band of Brothers FC 1
Yellow Cards: Ke Yong Xiang, Glenn Sandhu
1. Na Byung Hee
2. Glenn Sandhu
3. Nicholas Ledenmark
4. Dionisis Kolokotsas
5. Alexander Bechter
6. Sebastian Eraso
7. Kumaresan Maniam
8. Jon Loh
9. Travis Fujii
10. Ian Morris
11. Nabil Zahrif
12. Liao Jincai “JC”
13. Adi Ravikumar
14. Chan Chee Yong
15. Ke Yong Xiang
16. Mathew Joseph
17. Riley Aiman
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