|Posted on July 15, 2018 at 1:45 AM|
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With their top of the clash in the ESPZEN Saturday League on the horizon, it was a highly calculated friendly for Hilderinc FC as they took on Equatorial Football League (EPL) Division 2 Champions, Belgium-Luxembourg Association Soccer (BLAS) in an eleven goal bonanza.
Having had to postpone last week’s Division 3 top of the table clash due to unanticipated circumstances, the Blacks’ highly anticipated meeting with current league leaders, Super Aviators will be swift as both sides will meet next weekend, but it was a prefect rehearsal for HFC in the meantime.
Buoyant by their recent success, BLAS were keen to establish themselves in the game with their possession play, leaving the Blacks on the backfoot, chasing shadows in the opening minutes.
The Hilderincs, happy to play the waiting game took ownership of the game with a tantalising counter-attack, led by Ryan Ng, who broke free from a BLAS corner to send a perfect cross ball to Cristian Peligros to put the Blacks ahead in style.
Turning the tide with the goal, the Hilderincs look the likeliest to add to the count with every attack as they collectively pressed and prodded.
Hence, the Blacks had reason to feel aggrieved when BLAS were awarded by a dubious penalty after the referee curiously pointed to the spot when the ball deflected off Goh Heng Kiat’s thigh and touch his tucked arm.
Despite being pegged, unjustifiably, the Hilderincs wasted little time to regain the lead after Ryan Ng’s corner was headed unto Heng Kiat by Cristian, giving the defender the benefit of getting his first goal for HFC with the aid of his back after just four minutes of being level.
It there was any element of “scruffiness” in the Blacks’ second goal, there was no dispute with their third when Cristian Peligros netted with a sensational freekick, his second of the type in successive games, giving the Hilderincs a comfortable lead.
With the game heading to the break, the flood gates were opened at both ends as a wild five minute spell saw three goals being scored.
Lacking in focus in dealing with an innocuous bounce resulted in the Blacks’ lead being reduced against the run of play.
Barely two minutes later, Diogo Baptista, again profiting from an unplayable Ryan Ng’s assist, calming put the Hilderincs 4-2.
However, into injury time, calamitous and highly comical defending allowed BLAS to score with virtually the last kick of the game, giving the opponents an undue reason to look forward to a better second period.
And true to the confidence handed to them by the Blacks, BLAS scored twice in three second half minutes to equalise and then take the lead for the first time in the game, taking advantage of suspect defending, though the fact that the Hilderincs experimented in good measure will not to be lost despite the shortcomings.
With game see-sawing in more than one ways, the Blacks reverted to the initial personnel, save for Sunday Hilderinc, Aldrin Julio, who had a productive outing for the Saturday side, as they looked to wrestle the proceedings.
And on cue, the Blacks upper the tempo once again and sieged the BLAS backline with their quick interplay.
Despite being denied a penalty of their own, the Hilderincs level the game with another Cristian Peligros hat-trick after man of the match Ryan Ng provided his fourth assist.
The young forward was unfortunate not to add his name on the scoresheet when he went inches wide of the post with his decent shot, which would have gone in on any other day, while Cristian was denied his fourth when his attempt was kept out by the crossbar.
Just went it looked that the game would end in an exciting draw, BLAS nicked ahead with the winner from a corner, giving the tie a somewhat imbalance final outlook.
Nonetheless, the Hilderincs will not begrudge the sparring provided by a worthy opponent, though they will look to address the lessons taken from the tie.
Belgium-Luxembourg Association Soccer 6 : Hilderinc FC 5
Goals: Cristian Peligros 6”, 34”, 72”, Goh Heng Kiat 24”, Diogo Baptista 43”
1. Sunny Tharidu
2. Glenn Sandhu
3. Nicholas Ledenmark
4. Goh Heng Kiat
5. Adi Ravikumar
6. Ke Yongxiang
7. Diogo Baptista
8. Kumaresan Maniam
9. Cristian Peligros
10. Ian Morris
11. Ryan Ng
12. Aldrin Julio
13. Basil Al Barr
14. Casimir Simon
15. Darren Tan
16. Julanda “Jay” Al-Riyami
17. Kalindu Bandara