|Posted on November 23, 2019 at 8:10 AM|
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What started as a buoyant week with Hilderinc FC boosting a formidable line up ahead of the meeting of the basement dwellers of the ESPZEN Saturday Division 1, recurring pattern soon creeped in yet again as the numbers were stripped away, and rendering the Blacks without much options before kickoff time.
So laughable the situation that the Hilderincs had Nico Olvera in goal, while Basil Al Barr started in the heart of midfield, leaving Naithan Raheja the only available substitute to call upon, and that luxury only because Samuel Lalramnghaka managed to rush down before the ball was kicked after ending work at 2:40pm in Jurong West!
However, having done the double over their opponents in last season, the Blacks had reason to be optimistic of a favourable outcome, notwithstanding that both sides have had an appalling start to their respective campaigns following promotion.
It was thus understandable that it was a cagey start with neither team eager to make the first mistake to put themselves chasing the game early on, setting up for a tepid affair, as both cancelled each other out in a midfield battle.
With Christopher Mark restored in goal, and the backline in disciplined mood, the Blacks looked good to nullify Club, though they had Dionisis Kolokotsas to thank after he cleared the ball as it looked to creep into goal after the former had denied the opponents with a save, and that provided the only notable action of the first period.
Though having to manage the squad with impoverished alternatives, the Hilderincs began the second half in blistering pace, spending extended time in the Club M’s half, while the defensive quartet were in fine form, countering the youthful expedition the opponents had deployed since the break.
Pressing high and relentlessly, seeking the slightest inch to capitalise, the Hilderincs came close to edging ahead in a tight contest through efforts from Diogo Baptista and Marc Trotter, but their exertions failed to break the deadlock.
However, with Basil Al Barr’s time reaching its end with him withdrawn to allow him to race back to camp for his National Service duties, the Blacks found themselves with just men on the bench, and that would prove telling as the game headed towards the final quarter.
With just slightly over 10 minutes remaining on the clock, and with the game looking likely to be heading to a hard fought and deserved draw, the Blacks’ brave effort in difficult circumstance was ripped off their hands when a howler from a causal cross fell across the line.
And the vexing goal literally sucked the verve out of the men in black, and though they threw everything to desperately crawl their way back into the game in the remaining minutes, they were hit by further three goals by an opponent who themselves looked to be clinging on for shared points just moments ago, to condemn them to yet another late capitulation, a recurring theme in an exasperating season.
With games dwindling, the fight to stay in the top flight will be the top priority now, if that was not already on the minds before this damaging defeat.
The Hilderincs will have to find a way to reverse the tumble, but addressing weak matchday numbers will be the only tangible way forward.
Hilderinc FC 0 : Club M FC 4
MOM: Gabriel Magalhães
Yellow Card: Naithan Raheja
1. Nico Olvera
2. James Ryall
3. Dionisis Kolokotsas
4. Sunny Tharidu
5. Sergey Darovskikh
6. Basil Al Barr
7. Diogo Baptista
8. Samuel Lalramnghaka
9. Gabriel Magalhães
10. Ian Morris
11. Marc Trotter
12. Christopher Mark
13. Naithan Raheja
Categories: Match Day