SFC held by resilient CBD Wanderers
Singapore Football Club was left to reflect on what could have been, as they drew 1-1 whilst playing away, against title challengers CBD Wanderers.
Having fallen behind to a CBD corner, the visitors rallied to dominate possession. SFC’s latest midfield star Ivor Teagle, partnered with the effervescent Owen Monaghan, looked dangerous throughout the first half. In the 25th minute, the young Australian set off on a mazy run, beating two tackles before unleashing a rasping strike. The ball cannoned off the underside of the bar however, without the benefit of goal-line technology the referee was understandably unable to award the goal. The score remaining 1-0 to CBD Wanderers.
Eventually, the scores were leveled through the deadly boots of Mike Hemmingway. The experienced Englishman broke through the CBD defence, on the half-hour mark, and finished neatly whilst holding off the attentions of a Wanderers defender. 1-1.
As the second half began SFC took total control of the game and should have taken the lead on numerous occasions. Good opportunities fell to Nick Marsh, Gabriel Myong, and Matt Zatto, but despite their best efforts, the CBD keeper was in inspired form; on two occasions making point-blank saves and on another tipping the ball on to the woodwork.
With time ticking down, SFC continued to push for the winning goal, but couldn’t unlock the deadlock. Meanwhile, at the back, the defensive quartet of Amour, Huang, Lane, and Ng held firm – ensuring their opponents were unable to launch any meaningful counter attacks.
As the final whistle was blown CBD Wanderers walked off the happier of the two sides, with SFC players looking very disappointed.
Coach Yasin commented after the game that he felt his young side were unlucky to have not taken all three points, but was quick to praise the mature performances of Malcolm Amour and Jon Francis at the back.
His attentions now turn to playing former COSMO League club Casuals FC.
Man of the Match: Malcolm Amour