|Posted on June 5, 2022 at 2:10 PM|
For the second successive day, the Hilderincs were at the end of a questionable penalty decision, this time on Sunday as Hilderinc Twā, were held to an odd draw in spite of dominating the proceedings in the Hilderinc Football Club Invitational against Cherith Baptist Church, though they would have to be held responsible for multitude of “almost” finishes which, otherwise, would have settled the match long before conclusion.
Though being pegged back from a comfortable 2-0 lead would have prompted an inquest for the report cards, the collective impressive display of the Sunday Blacks was of the highest order, so much so that such appraisal will be unjustifiable, but it offers many opportunities to keep refining the most excitingly assembled Hilderinc Twā side since its evolution back to Sunday football following the expansion in Hilderinc Football Club in 2017, and are already, without question, the forerunning proponent of playing the Hilderinc Way.
Having netted four times without reply two weeks ago in the opening Invitational, the Blacks needed little inducement to get the proceedings started and should have been up ahead inside 5 mins when Melvin Sim, setup by Sam Lindley’s flicked header, having marauded into the CBC penalty box, dragged his shot wide.
But within a minute, the midfielder deployed as a forward, more than made up for his miss when he slipped Douglas Ng through with a weight pass, who duly obliged with a calm finish for an early lead on his bow.
Drilled meticulously in training, the Hilderincs were assured of themselves with their football, maintaining their poise despite the youthful energy of the CBC side.
And it was no surprise that they extended their lead on the 20th minute mark through a corner, directly out of the training manual, which was relentless worked on, emphasising the point that nothing the Hilderincs do was chance, but deliberate and single-minded hardwork on the practice pitch.
Having prodded the opponent’s defence several times prior and coming close a few times, Nigel Pek, who was a giant in his own right all afternoon, rose the highest to nod Sam Lindley’s set-piece into the back of the net to the delight of all, who immediately knew where the move originated from.
Wielding almost complete dominance, the Blacks were rightly aggrieved when the opponents were given a way into the game after a penalty was awarded after veteran Kavin Singh was taken to task for a foul inside the box.
Even though in real time everyone in the Hilderinc persuasion were convinced that it was a wrong call from the referee, and even after multiple video reviews one would still double down on the notion that it was not a penalty, but in begrudging fairness, the official had it tough.
So, for all the expression, the Blacks headed into the break with their lead undeservedly halved.
The second half reflected the first as the Hilderincs managed the game well but failed to capitalise on their superiority with genuine chances going away abegging, and something that would frustrate them further when they were pegged back with a speculative shot which found the way across the line against the run of play.
Full credit to the Blacks, there was no hint of panic or loss of focus, but they carried on playing the way they have being drilled, and belatedly added taking chances from outside the crowded defensive third to their agenda, but for all their final push, were unable to find the winning goal, though they had debutant keeper Pratip Kumar to thank when he made a pointblank save to prevent an upset, which would have been totally cruel on the Hilderincs.
In an outing full of positives to take away from, the immaculate display of the defensive quartet was immense, with fullbacks Ong Ji Kai and Sasikumar complimenting Kavin Singh and Nigel Pek, who were insanely monstrous as they defied the fact that it was the first time they had paired together, and the latter was only converted to the central defensive role after last week’s training.
Across the rest of the pitch there were many experiments done positionally, and even if there were unfamiliarities with most and discomfort with some, it was a highly productive collective display from everyone involved, including the goalkeepers, who had a quiet but focused afternoon but were underserving of being denied a clean sheet each.
Putting into context that this was only the second game for this rebooted side, first for many, with majority of new infusions, and with several others due to return from injuries and commitments, groundwork done on the training pitch is always going to be vital more than another else, and with much more accomplished opponents on the cards for the Blacks in the Hilderinc Football Club Invitational, there will be no letting down on the intensity from now till then.
Hilderinc Twā 2 : Cherith Baptist Church 2
Douglas Ng 6’, Nigel Pek 20’
1. Jose Kasijo
2. Ong Ji Kai
3. Kavin Singh
4. Nigel Pek
6. Daryl Wong
7. Lim Yang Shan
8. Lim Chew Beng
9. Melvin Sim
10. Sam Lindley
11. Douglas Ng
12. Partip Kumar (GK)
13. Aqil Shah
14. Haifz Khir
15. Florent Zhu
16. Lim Yao Sheng
17. Joseph Tran
18. Md Hariz
Categories: Match Day