Some like it hot
Kicking off at 1pm, on a blisteringly hot day, Singapore Football Club shared the spoils with Olympique Gaulois (OGS), in their weekend Equatorial League fixture.
Having started with a strong line up SFC confounded expectations and were disappointed to walk away, from St.Wilfrid Sports Complex, with just a point, on Saturday.
With a midfield engine, boasting the talents of Matt Hulen, Ross Macklin and Nurhilmi Jasni saw SFC start the game brightly. Despite considerable possession however, the men in white and red were unable to break down a resilient OGS backline. Out wide the prodigious talents of Callum Dunne and Ivor Teagle threatened constantly, but to no avail.
It wasn’t until the introduction upfront of, housewives’s favourite, Dom O’Shea that SFC started to show some real cutting edge. The Brentford talisman was unlucky not to break the deadlock with a crisp strike ricocheting off the underside of the OGS bar and out.
SFC finally registered a deserved goal, midway through the second half.
Ross Macklin combined with Dom Lane at the back, before Matt Hulen showed his class and teed up Mike Hemmingway for a neat tap in. 1-0 SFC. The belligerent Englishman scoring his fourth goal in three games for SFC.
After that SFC failed to kick on. The energy sapping heat began to play its part and coupled with a series of unfavorable decisions the visitors started to find themselves on the back foot. Eventually OGS took their chance and equalized with one of the last kicks of the match. 1-1.
SFC’s seasoned Equatorial campaigner, Mo Yasin, commented that he was “disappointed with the result”, but recognized there was still plenty of football ahead in the season.
Man of the Match was awarded to one of SFC’s rising academy talents Ivor Teagle, making his debut on the day.