|Posted on August 5, 2018 at 12:05 AM|
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Heading into the second half of their ESPZEN Saturday League campaign, Hilderinc FC returned to competitive duties with a highly “professional” outing against FC Hospitality, keeping their objectives firmly in the crosshairs.
Having previously met in a couple of friendlies, the first leg of the Division 3 fixture turned out to be a no contest when the Blacks were awarded a 3-0 walkover win after their opponents missed the scheduled date, but having been granted the points on a bye, HFC were in no illusion of the task at hand on the day.
And the Hilderincs, despite the positive start, were given a rude awakening when FC Hospitality took an unexpected lead against the run of play.
However, the lead would last a mere minute when the Blacks responded swiftly and instantly through Cristian Peligros, who dispatched his freekick with ease, something he has been marking a habit of, scoring from the deadball for the third successive game.
Though regaining immediate parity, the Hilderincs had to wait a little longer for the lead despite their upward dominance.
With the effervescent Sebastian Eraso growing in prominence alongside Kieron Marshall and Jon Loh in the middle of the park, the Colombian’s run into the box was checked illegally, giving the referee an easy job of pointing to the spot.
And with Cristian Peligros in unmatched form in front of goal, the choice was straightforward, and Spaniard picked his spot to put the Blacks in the lead midway through in the first half.
The Hilderincs soon extended their lead through Ian Morris, whose doggedness was rewarded with two rebounds falling kindly at his feet, before the skipper cheekily put the ball beyond the reach of the keeper into the bottom left corner.
In fair assessment, the Blacks could have ended the tie in the first half, but Cristian Peligros was in a lenient mood, missing a hatful of opportunities, including an effort that clipped the crossbar a minute from the break.
The lively first period was contrasted with a stop-start affair after the restart as FC Hospitality tried to force the issue with a reorganised Hilderincs.
Despite the interest from the opponents, the Blacks had to wait for only four minutes to further extend their advantage when Kumaresan Maniam picked a marauding Cristian with a trademark pass for the Hilderinc record-breaker to lift the ball over the keeper before applying the finish touch.
However the Hilderincs continued to be too casual, inviting unwarranted pressure deep in their half, peppering with freekicks against them, overworking the previously tranquil backline, who were in immaculate form alongside Liao Jincai in goal.
It was however a tad harsh that an inadvertent touch undid the offside trap, allowing FC Hospitality to capitalise, halving the Blacks’ lead.
Further nervousness prompted a shakeup from the Hilderincs, and with a quarter of the match to go, swung the momentum back to the men in black.
Breaking forward in blistering counterattacking football, Cristian Peligros nearly put the game beyond reach, but only to be foiled by the keeper who did well with a good save.
There was no denying the Blacks of their fifth when Adi Ravikumar’s throw-in caused havoc in the penalty box and with Kieron Marshall, who had a peerless outing, in close attendance, forced the keeper to drop the ball at his feet.
And with the ball played unto the path of Jon Loh, the midfielder swept in a delightful shot to make certain the points, if it was not already been done so.
While the Hilderincs are delighted to see the depth which has been added for their final push, the feet will be steadfastly planted on the ground and eyes firmly fixed as they see off one game at a time.
Hilderinc FC 5 : FC Hospitality 2
Goals: Cristian Peligros 7”, 23” 44”, Ian Morris 29”, Jon Loh 78”
MOM: Mikael “Mika” Michalowski
Yellow Cards: Adi Ravikumar, Kieron Marshall
1. Liao Jincai “JC”
2. Adi Ravikumar
3. Nicholas Ledenmark
4. Mikael “Mika” Michalowski
5. Basil Al Barr
6. Kieron Marshall
7. Sebastian Eraso
8. Jon Loh
9. Cristian Peligros
10. Ian Morris
11. Casimir Simon
12. Gopal Peethambaran
13. Aamir Fikri
14. Darren Tan
15. Kumaresan Maniam
16. Mathew Joseph
17. Melvin Tan
18. Nabil Zahrif
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