|Posted on January 9, 2012 at 9:20 AM|
Harvester Football Club returned to footballing action after a three week break with a good run out against AANG Wolf FC team despite going down to three first half goals.
Playing against a team predominantly made of disciplined China expatriates was going to be tough at any given day yet alone playing without a proper goalkeeper.
With both Gopal Peethambaran and Simon Khaw unavailable, it was left to Leslie Eng to sportingly take on the unenviable task in between the sticks.
As next weekend’s game against Sliver Titians the objective, it was a perfect opportunity for the Blacks to work out the inactive muscles from the year end festive season.
HFC welcomed back Ranjeet Ram after a long layoff as well as to introduce trialist Benny Ng who was determined to prove himself in his first outing in the black kit. There was also an opportunity for new signing Jasveer Singh and on loan defender Brian Lim to chalk up their second appearance for the Blacks.
After the cautious opening minutes, both teams went on their stride for the opener and the Blacks were somewhat unfortunate to concede after a defensive lapse allowed the Wolves to take an easy lead.
That set the Blacks going and had a glorious chance to get something out of a lovely move when Jason Lu found Sashikumar with a weighted ball which the big forward headed to perfection to Ian Morris. However, the skipper’s extra touch of the ball denied a perfect end to a perfectly fluid movement.
It was pretty much knocking at each other’s door from that point on with both teams trying to crack each other’s defence.
Towards the end of the first half, the Blacks found themselves two goals down when a speculative goal by the AANG Wolf’s forward was turned in into his own net by a helpless Sai Tiong Seng who could not have done anything else in that circumstances.
In was 3-0 just before the break as defender turned goalkeeper Leslie Eng, for all his superhuman efforts was unable to prevent the third from being slid in as the Blacks made the mistake for sitting too deep in their own half.
In was a much better story after the break as the team was shuffled to allow the rest to have a run out.
It was a good show by the Blacks as they proved that despite the changes, they had enough in them to better the showing in the first half.
They showed more running both on and off the ball as they turned the tide as they attacked more and pushed the Whites into their half for much of the half. So much so that their main playmaker had to operate from within his own half to create the chances which were few and far between and anything else was effectively dealt with by the defensive backline.
The Blacks took the game to the opponent in the closing minutes as they attacked relentlessly and were unfortunate to show with a goal of their own.
Overall, it was a good outing when the result was not the focus even before the ball was kicked.
The Blacks wanted to use this game as a precursor to the league fixture next Sunday and they fulfilled that objective with everyone giving a good account for themselves.
HFC 0 : AANG Wolf FC 3
1. Leslie Eng
2. Stanley Goh
3. Brian Lim
4. Jasveer Singh
5. Khairul Mohammad
6. Jason Lu
7. Benny Ng
8. Wisely Chan
9. Ranjeet Ram
10. Ian Morris
12. Dominic Chan
14. Sai Tiong Seng
15. Jit Singh
16. Daryl Wong
17. Josiah Lai
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