SFC start Cosmo campaign with strong win
Singapore Football Club(SFC) scored six goals to kick off their Cosmo League season, on Saturday. Playing at their new home, the pristine GEMS World Academy, SFC put in a convincing performance to defeat Gaelic Lions 6-0.
Having had a strong pre-season programme, competition for starting place places was in strong evidence for the Beauty Queens. Anthony Garreau and Tim Walter started strongly in midfield with an attacking triumvirate of Duric, Shotton, and Hutcheon always posing a threat upfront.
Having controlled large parts of the first 20minutes, SFC finally took the lead. Aleks Duric scoring with a well-taken finish to make it 1-0. The second goal came from SFC’s Mr. Reliable, Jahan Rezai. Waltzing in from the left flank, the SFC team Captain calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net.
The scoreline read 2-0 at the break, but not before Gaelic had fought back hard and the Referee has accidentally shown the wrong coloured card to Andrew Hutcheon.
The half time combination of rehydration and some reassuring words, from the dynamic duo of Mo Yasin and Adam Bowden, meant SFC rediscovered their earlier passing tempo. Garreau again shone in midfield; linking play up neatly and generally being at the heart of everything for SFC as Liam Shotton scored to make it 3-0.
The third goal was the prompt for the SFC management team to start ringing the changes.
Saatwik Kaul immediately made an impact, with almost his first touch, as he put Liam Shotton in for his second goal and SFC’s fourth. Meanwhile, Mike Hemmingway also started to make his presence felt up front, coming on for the hardworking Duric.
The final introductions of Rob Benson and Matt McCole then started to stretch some tired Gaelic legs. Both players consistently asking questions, before Benson’s cross was headed in by Kaul. 5-0.
Gaelic continued to compete until the end, as is the hallmark of all their teams. Brett coming off the bench for the Lions to cause some problems late on for the SFC defence.
The final moment of the match went to Tim Walter. The translucent Teuton wrong-footed Gaelic’s unsuspecting, defensive wall with a well-struck free-kick. The ball cannoned in off an errant foot, to leave the Cosmo League’s newly founded dubious goals panel to review who gains the final credit.
Thank you to Gaelic for a well-contested game in very hot conditions. Best of luck with the rest of your Cosmo season ahead.
SFC’s Man of the Match: Anthony Garreau