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Blacks Downed By Solitary Goal

Posted on March 25, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Harvester FC suffered their first defeat of the season when they were beaten 1-0 by a disciplined Santiago FC side.


Going into the game, top of the table, the onus was on the Blacks to keep their good form going and consolidate their league position.


However, they were dealt with the news that Ang Peng Chong had to withdraw due to fever making their thin squad even more stretched for numbers.


The Blacks started the game in searing heat with Jason Lu again forced to play in defence while the waiting for Leslie Eng to rush down from work, as was the case with Elffie Donohue who too made a delayed entrance due to employment commitments.


HFC were not prepared to expand all their energy in the first half so they adopted to play the waiting game while making the younger Santiago side do all the running.


Chances at both halves were few and far between though the Blacks had better of the possession and purpose.


For long periods, the Blacks had Santiago FC pinned in their own half winning multitude of throw ins as they firmly had the game in their grasp.


For all the possession, not much of goal threatening chances fell to the Blacks though they came close to opening the account when Logaraj Sundram, with his industry caused the goalkeeper and defence to flap the ball straight to Ian Morris but the skipper was unable to apply the weight to the ball as it looped just over the bar.


On the other end, Gopal Peethambaran was at his best as he was called on more than one occasion to deal with the sporadic foray by the Yellows. It was safe to say that they keeper was keeping the Blacks in the game.


With no breakthrough, the sterile first half ended goalless with both teams huffing and puffing without much productivity.


The second period started somewhat with a certain degree of urgency from both teams as they decided to break the deadlock.


The weather decided not to be too much of a help leaving both teams exasperated with everything deemed not going their own respective ways. Matters were not helped by every match ball used decided to go jolly venturing out onto the road.


As the minutes went by, Blacks were certainly riding their luck when they saw their woodwork rattled by Santiago on more than one occasion as Gopal Peethambaran, when not scoring the keeper’s goal on the other end, put on another man of the match performance by single handedly keeping the Blacks in the tie.


There was no reprieve for the Blacks when a needless defensive mistake put Santiago FC ahead.


Having gone behind in two of their last three games, the Blacks were ready for the fight back yet again as they decided to come out of their blocks and get their way back into the game.


The task, however, was made even so harder when Santiago FC decided to tactically defend for their lives for the remainder of the match.


For all the defending, the Blacks managed to find a way through when a long ball was brilliantly touched on by Logaraj for Ian Morris who beat the offside trap but was unable to keep his shot down.


Ian Morris did have the ball into the back of net when he crested it in after connecting with a delightful cross from Jason Lu but it was ruled out for infringement on the keeper, much to his honest bewilderment.


There was no famed comeback for the Blacks this time around despite their valiant efforts but they will hope to put it behind quickly and focus on getting back to the submit.


Final Score

HFC 0 : Santiago FC 1


Man of the Match: Gopal Peethambaran


Yellow Card: Leslie Eng


Starting Line Up

1. Gopal Peethambaran

2. Eric Yap

3. Jason Lu

4. Kumaresan

5. Ng Zu Yang

6. Daryl Wong

7. Benny Ng

8. Wisely Chan

9. Cody Lim

10. Ian Morris

11. Logaraj Sundram


Substitutes

12. Elffie Donohue

13. Dominic Chan

14. Jit Singh


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