|Posted on November 6, 2016 at 4:55 AM|
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The Hilderincs returned to their pre-season programme after a week’s recess with an awkward 3-1 win over a curious Parco FC side on Saturday.
Though still not up to full strength, the Blacks welcomed back Sam Thorley, Sashikumar Mahathevan, Joh Loh and Michael Rooke, all who had missed the Blacks’ last run-out two weeks ago, while they were pleased with the return from injury of Omar Mahnin, along with the rare but appreciated re-appearance of Lim Yong Kiat.
While up against an opponent, who interestingly not content with using their feet alone, but believed in engaging all their primal sensory while playing football, the Hilderinc got off to a prefect start with an audacious long range effort from Rahmat Saring, when he caught the Parco goalkeeper unware to put the Blacks ahead inside two minutes.
It did not take long for the Hilderincs to double their advantage when Sam Thorley showed great vision to find Ian Morris in the box with a tailor-made precision cross, which the skipper met with dexterity to change the flight of the ball with a header and into the back of the net.
Notwithstanding the obvious rustiness from nearly two weeks of inactivity, the Hilderincs were imperfectly dominant, keeping much of the play inside the opponents’ half, though they were a little benevolent at times in allowing the Parcos some excitement on the counter, though the defensive quartet of Sunny Tharidu, Wong Yih-Khai, Parthiban Aruchamy and makeshift leftback, Shubhang Aarora, dealt with the attention effectively.
Having to content against a clumsy Parco FC side, the Hilderincs’ momentum was repeatedly stifled with various fouling styles, though the Blacks could have done themselves favour and gone into the break with a more comfortable scoreline had they not miss a couple of tidy opportunities had fell their way.
The second half was a different proposition for the Hilderincs as they had to do without the influential Sam Thorley, who was taken off at the break due to a suspect groin, and with limited options in all departments, looked delicately slender, knowing that any more injuries would mean uncomfortable reshuffle.
If the Parcos were gawky in the first period, they were intent on reversing it and taking the game to the Blacks, and with enforced changes, the Hilderincs looked unduly nervy, playing unnecessarily into the hands of their opponents with their careless approach.
What was feared soon materialised when Shubhang Aarora was taken off with an injury, resulting in Michael Rooke to again do the filling in job at leftback.
Things could tense for the Hilderincs would failed to deal with a corner, allowing Parco FC to pull a goal back and press hard for the equaliser.
Having drawn four of their previous five games, the Blacks had a nervous air around themselves, though they sought to address the issue collectively.
Just when the Hilderincs pulled together to weather the storm, Centreback, Wong Yih-Khai, was taken off with a bad injury to his ankle, compounding the already bumpy situation.
However, the Blacks’ response was positive and they extended their lead through Rahmat Saring, who reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box following a corner to lash in his brace.
The final minutes were peppered with heavy and reckless challenges on the Hilderincs, adding to the frustration levels but the Blacks held on to see out for their first win of their pre-season programme.
While circumstances and lack of options took the shine off the Hilderincs’ win, positives can be taken moving forward.
Hilderinc FC 3 : Parco FC 1
Goals: Rahmat Saring (2), Ian Morris
Yellow Cards: Shubhang Aarora, Wong Yih-Khai, Sunny Tharidu, Mathew Joseph
Starting Line Up
1. Lim Yong Kiat
2. Parthiban Aruchamy
3. Wong Yih-Khai
4. Sunny Tharidu
5. Shubhang Aarora
6. Sam Thorley
7. Bayu Tanmizi
8. Sashikumar Mahathevan
9. Michael Rooke
10. Ian Morris
11. Rahmat Saring
12. Gopal Peethambaran
13. Kavin Singh
14. Jon Loh
15. Mathew Joseph
16. Omar Mahnin
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