X-League Sunday Premier League Season 13
Mayflower Secondary School25 September 2022
Man of Match
GoalsSmallboy (Fitri Ruzaini)
Goal Type: Open Play
Assist: Gullzar (Gullzar Khan)
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- Tommy Lim
Third Loss Sees Blues Rooted To The Bottom
An inability to make their possession count in the first half saw AC United fall to their third consecutive defeat in as many weeks, with the Blues losing to a more determined Kamikaze side 3-1 on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Mayflower Secondary School.
Despite the game being in a more accessible location, AC United were forced to cobble together a make shift starting 11 due to the tardiness of the rest of the team. But the starting 11 of Ben in goal, the defensive quartet of Zul, Alvianto, Heede and Tobi, midfielders Hazry, Dany, Henry and Gullzar, as well as the striking duo of Fareez and Andy more than held their own in the opening minutes.
The back 4 were particularly impressive, with Alvianto proving an able replacement in the centre of defence. Time after time, the AC United defender parries everything that was thrown at him. Neither was he found wanting when his opposite number tried to beat him for pace.
Tobi toon had one of his best games in recent times. The German was proving a tough nut to crack on the left and even found time to bomb upfield to assist in the attack!
Heede, a midfielder covering at fightback, showed that the position didn't matter as long as you have the ability. He regularly carried the ball into the Kamikaze Half and combined well with Fareez on numerous occasions. One such occasion saw him float into the Kamikaze box but his final touch eluded him at the crucial moment.
It took a set piece to undo AC United's good work. A long corner from the right found their striker unmarked at the far post and the latter nodded home to give Kamikaze the lead.
Undaunted, AC United grew from strength to strength, with Gullzar and Fareez the chief tormentors. But to no avail. Haikal and Hafeez were brought on to add some forward impetus to the team but the score remained 1-0 to Kamikaze at the break.
The second half saw Tommy, Haiqal, Smallboy, Wan, Kaide all take to the field in a bid to reverse the scoreline.
Within minutes of the restart, the hard tackling Tommy started to draw protests from the opposition with his full blooded challenges and the situation threatened to boil over. Instead of galvanising the team, the protestations seemed to have the reverse effect on the boys in blue. Passes started going astray, control was poor, and Kamikaze capitalised on that to score their next 2 goals.
The first, a speculative free kick that bounced in front of Ben and skipped past his outstretched arms.
The second, with the team in disarray, saw Kamikaze take a quick corner-kick moments later and their striker fired in from close range before the defence could react.
That last goal woke the team up and the AC United team went on the offensive. Wan had a golden opportunity when a loose ball fell to him in the opposition 6-yard box but his instinctive shot was just off the mark.
A corner for AC United shortly after saw Tommy thunder a header just outside the far post.
The breakthrough finally came when Gullzar fed the elusive Smallboy, who took a touch to control the ball, before smashing it into the net to give AC United the reward it deserved.
But the team could conjure up no more goals and the game ended 3-1 to Kamikaze.
"We need to play more like a team and not a bunch of individuals," said a frustrated Gullzar after the game. "We have good players but the way we play, it is like the rest of the team are invisible!"
The team has much to work on if they are to break this losing streak. Up next, the Russians of Druzhba FC.
Ben, Zul, Alvianto, Heede, Tobi, Hazry, Henry, Dany, Gullzar, Fareez, Andy
Hafeez, Haiqal, Ridhwan, Smallboy, Haikal, Kaide, Tommy