|Posted on October 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM|
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Never one for dull moments, Hilderinc FC invited unnecessary stress unto themselves against ORD FC in the ESPZEN Saturday League 18 Division 3 clash before eventually sealing all three points through a late Erdogan Albay strike.
Returning to Marsiling Secondary School for the second league game in a row, the Blacks could have be forgiven to harbour a feeling of unfinished business on a pitch where they let slip a two goal lead in the 2-2 draw against Dreamteam FC just two weeks ago, but they very nearly repeated the tomfoolery, before digging deep to edge out all three points.
Testament to the depth of the squad, despite missing several players, the Hilderincs were well stocked with quality, though with just three substitutes, quantity was not ideal on a day when the weather looked to be conspiring after a whole week of cool temperatures.
While the early intent was with the Blacks, Lim Yong Kiat was called to make three early saves in the game as the Blacks came to terms with ORD FC’s tone to the nature of their attack.
However it was the Hilderincs who drew first blood through a sweeping move involving Mike De Bear and Erdogan Albay, with the latter’s shot ricocheting onto the path of Stepan Lobov for the Russian to finish off with ease in the twelfth minute.
It took just three minutes for the Blacks to double the lead after another fluid passage of play, this time from the other side of the pitch as Nicholas Ledenmark, Goh Heng Kiat and Hoonki Song combined to playing a fine ball across the sixteen yard box intended for Stepan Lobov, but Erdogan Albay intercepted his own man before applying a calm finish into the bottom left corner.
Just as they were looking comfortable and in control of the proceedings, the Hilderincs reverted to sloppy indecisions and allowed the Pelicans to draw level with two quick but highly preventable goals.
The first, though awarded without moment’s hesitation, drew unwarranted protest from the opponents who wanted the referee to send Denis Lobov off for attempting to stop the ball with his hands, but as the goal was scored regardless, no action apart from the yellow card for handball, which was duly shown to the veteran defender, was sufficient, because it is clearly stated under the FIFA Rules, Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct, Sending-Off Offence, Point 4 “DENYING the opposing team a goal or an obvious goalscoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball…”
Hence, as the goal was not denied, the remonstration was misguided at best without reasonable mitigation.
However, there was no excuse from the part of the Blacks, who once again let an innocuous punt punish them as ORD FC pulled level, capitalising on some wayward positioning.
Though rightly annoyed with themselves, the Hilderincs found within them the resolve to regain the momentum once again and started to force the issue, and were unfortunate not to retake the lead after Adib Alias’ deft loop over the keeper bounced off the crossbar.
But just minutes later Denis Lobov stooped to head Ian Morris’ cornerkick to take the Blacks 3-2 up into the break, though it was a slender lead against a team that looked to cause problems at every opportunity, and the Hilderincs were indeed charitable of that, much to their own discomfort.
In view of the unrelenting heat and limited numbers on the bench, the Blacks turned up in the second half with an altered formation, and with the change, the Hilderincs grew in confidence and gave a good account of themselves in the restart with an almost complete control of the game as Adib Alias, Diogo Baptista and Hoonki Song, pulling the strings in the middle of the park.
While there was little to suggest that the Hilderincs’ lead would be in any way be troubled, the Blacks were left inattentive to the only obvious threat from the Pelican’s and were punished with another equaliser.
Flying into an almost rage, the Hilderincs responded to the leveler in the highest level of annoyance and rung in the changes to shake up matters before they get out of hand any further.
Restoring urgency and focus, the Blacks pressed hard for the lead for the third time in the game and it finally arrived after Man of the Match, Erdogan Albay, responded quickest to a throw-in to put the ball into the back of the net through a crowd of bodies.
And that was enough to kill off anymore attempts by ORD FC, as the Hilderincs held on to claim all three points, and though it could have been a lot more comfortable, but given the circumstances, there would be little complaints from the Blacks as they take a two week recess from league action before taking on Snipers FC next.
While not pretty, winning ugly is also a hallmark of a title challenging team, and the Blacks showed both good and not so good of this capable side in this gritty win.
ORD FC 3 : Hilderinc FC 4
Goals: Stepan Lobov, Erdogan Albay (2), Denis Lobov
MOM: Erdogan Albay
Yellow Card: Denis Lobov
1. Lim Yong Kiat
2. Goh Heng Kiat
3. Denis Lobov
4. Wong Yih-Khai
5. Mike De Bear
6. Nicholas Ledenmark
7. Diogo Baptista
8. Hoonki Song
9. Stepan Lobov
10. Ian Morris
11. Erdogan Albay
12. Adib Alias
13. Logaraj Sundram
14. Basil Al Barr
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