It was raining goals at Turf City on Wednesday evening, during a night of high drama, in the ESPZEN League.
On Centaurs Pitch Singapore Football Club battled past Purple Monkeys, to win 3-2.
Meanwhile, down at The Cage, Vikings FC won a 12-goal fiesta with Spanish World Having sprinted to a rapid 7-0 lead after just 30 minutes, the Scandinavians finally settling for an 8-4 win and in the process blowing the top of the table wide open.
In their own game, Singapore Football Club initially took a 1-0 lead through their player-manager, for the night, Robert Eziakor. The Nigerian hitman finding the back of the net with a well-placed low shot. Having enjoyed a significant amount of possession SFC started to take their foot off the gas, as PMFC began to settle.
The early goal appeared to sting Purple Monkeys into action. Their hard-working midfield began to create some openings and eventually, they were rewarded with two, well-taken, goals. The first, in particular, being finished with excellent precision, as Purple Monkeys went in at half time with a 2-1 lead.
A rousing team talk and a small tactical shift by Clipboard King, Eziakor, soon saw SFC regain their composure - as well as much more of the ball. A francophone midfield of Dashnyam, Mbeutcha, and Walter soon had SFC creating numerous opportunities, as they started to dominate once again.
Eventually, SFC’s man of the moment, Tim Walter, stepped up to bring the scores level. The Swiss starlet finishing with a twenty-yard rasper to make it level at 2-2. His latest goal making it 8 goals in his last 7 games
As the game wore on into the final quarter SFC continued to create opportunities, whilst at the back Simon Lloyd and Jahan Rezai successfully snuffed out any Purple Monkeys threat - although not before a Purple shirted shot had hit the woodwork.
With ten minutes to go, Saatwik Kaul, finally decided to make his mark on the game. The tardy teenage sensation put through an exquisite pinpoint pass to Nick Marsh. The Englishman without hesitation latched on to the ball and, with a right-foot finish, he buried the ball neatly into the bottom corner. Final score 3-2 SFC.
In the post-match conference, an ecstatic Eziakor was full of praise for the focus and fight his young team had shown. “To battle back and eventually seal all 3 points, just shows what we are made of. This team never knows when it is beaten. Never. At half time we all agreed we had to win this game for our Coach, Ross Macklin. Get well soon Macca.”
Thank you PMFC for a hard, but fairly fought contest. Best of luck with your remaining games.
Man of the Match: Tim Walter