|Posted on April 24, 2011 at 10:27 AM|
Midway through the mid-season break, HFC continued with their friendly games as they traveled to Woodlands to face off with Team Grey whom they had beaten 5-2 in February.
With both Bobos and Simon unavailable, the Blacks loaned in Goalkeeper Kernex from Bugis Beatles along with fellow Beatle, midfielder Jie Wei. Jit’s friend, Venkat also turned for the Blacks along with Mahesh who was keen to put behind last week’s red card episode behind him.
Kernex started in goal with Kavin and Leslie in front of him as central defenders. Jit who impressed last week kept his place in right back as Azman reverted back to the left side of the defence. There were no changes to the midfield trio of Thomas, Shah and Kannu with Sasi and Jason restored to the attack with Leong.
The Blacks were on the back foot right from the kick off as Team Grey took the game to them. HFC struggled to contain the early on pressure as they looked out of sorts somehow. Passes were missed placed or played short. Players were looking confused and clueless as it was looking to be a strange afternoon for the Blacks. They did manage to keep the opponents at bay with some dodged defending but not without mistakes.
They were some bright sparks in Jit, Thomas and Leslie who were pulling their weight and the underperforming team. It was turning out to be one of the worst team performances from the Blacks as they were a complete contrast to last week.
Couple of changes were made midway through with Azman and Jason withdrawn and Sai and Andrew Wong replacing them. Things did not get any better when an utterly ridiculous penalty was awarded against the Blacks. Kavin, who got the entire ball, was adjudged to have brought down the striker by a referee who is good for the dumps. Kernex was powerless to prevent the opening goal from the spot kick.
The game ended with HFC losing 1-0 but it could have been more against a more lethal opponent.
The Blacks took to the field with a number of changes as Shah, Sasi, Thomas, Leong and Kavin were replaced by Mahesh, Dominic, Jie Wei, Jason and Venkat.
The changes in personnel brought about a change in attitude and desire. They were more compact and effective in ball possession. Much of the attack in the second half was by the Blacks with Dominic making some useful runs. Mahesh and Jie Wei were controlling the midfield well which freed up Kannu to take up a more advanced attacking position.
They looked a much improved side but not without mistakes which they did well to recover from. The best chances of the half fell to Jason, Kannu and Jie Wei but were unable to convert their chances into goal.
Team Grey at this point was pretty much containing the play as they were made to defend rather than attack. Their occasional attacks were well dealt with by the defence. They did go two goals to the good against the run of play when a goalkeeping error allowed them to score.
The game finished with HFC losing 2-0 and not since January have they not managed to score. With the Agape Cup game against COA two Sundays away, they will have to make sure collective off forms do not repeat itself again.
HFC 0 : Team Grey 2
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