Fresh from winning his latest piece of silverware, Singapore Football Club’s most successful Coach, Ross Macklin, turned his attentions back to the ESPZEN league, on Thursday evening.
Sending out his team in a less familiar 4-3-3 formation, he encouraged SFC to press Home Hunt from the start.
With ten minutes played, SFC’s flying winger, Rob Benson believed he had opened the night’s scoring, but his effort was disallowed. The referee deciding to bring the action back after he’d inadvertently deflected the ball, in the buildup.
Despite this setback SFC’s hard work was finally rewarded just ten minutes later. The beauty queen’s leading scorer, Liam Shotton, received the ball on the edge of the area, quickly slipped past two defenders and then powered the ball into the roof of the net. Majestic. The Englishman then decided to collect his second goal a few minutes later. On this occasion he exchanged a number of neat passes, before expertly slotting the ball past a flailing Home Hunt keeper, in off the far post.
SFC’s Shotton 2 Home Hunt 0, as the two teams went in to the break.
As has become customary for the late night kick offs, Coach Macklin then rang the changes in order to inject some further impetus. The triple menace of Mike Hemmingway, Nick Marsh and Rob Eziakor all came off the bench and their combined effect was immediate. SFC scored from their first press. Nick Marsh the eventual beneficiary, as he closed down a panicked goal keeper who could only kick it on to the onrushing SFC attacker. The ball cannoned off Marsh’s outstretched leg and in to the back of the net. 3-0.
With 55 minutes played it was then Matt McCole’s turn to get in on the action. The young Scot who was returning from injury provided the perfect assist for the “goal of the evening”, as McCole hit an impeccably weighted diagonal cross field ball, to Tim Walter. SFC’s Swiss maestro then elected to volley the ball first time, with his weaker left foot... and surprised everyone. The ball flying in to the back of the net, from all of 20 yards. A great goal and a further step by Walter to wrestle “The Ross Plain Most Improved Player award” away from Ross Plain.
“What a time to be alive” commented Singapore Football Club’s life long fan Chris Day.
Despite a four goal cushion Singapore Football Club still poured forwards.
Just eight minutes later, after a series of corner kicks SFC added their fifth goal. Ross Macklin collecting the ball at the back post before neatly clipping it back in for Walter to head home, and secure his second of the night.
At 5-0 SFC finally conceded. The referee rightly awarding Home Hunt a penalty kick after a mistimed time tackle in the box. Despite his best efforts SFC’s keeper, Ronnie Smollet, was unfortunate not to keep the ball out. 5-1.
The action didn’t stop there however, and SFC were to register, at least, seven goals in a game for the fifth time this season.
Rob Benson, having been keen to avenge his earlier disallowed goal, finally got his rewards and eventually bagged himself not one, but two goals in the last ten minutes. 7-1.
With literally seconds remaining on the clock there was however one final piece of drama. Despite the lack of VAR, an inadvertent handball, by Nick Marsh, in the SFC penalty area was spotted by the referee. The man in black rightly pointed to the spot. As Home Hunt’s striker stepped up to try and make the score line look more palatable, he faced off with Ronnie Smollet, who was still smarting from being denied an evening’s clean sheet earlier in the evening. The Scotsman on this occasion having the final laugh as he expertly saved, down to his left, to keep the score 7-1.
Final score: SFC 7 Home Hunt 1.