National Football League Division 1
SKA vs Eunos Crescent FC
Date: 30th March 2019
Venue: Chua Chu Kang Stadium
SKA played their second match in the NFL Division 1 on the 30th of March 2019 against Eunos Crescent. The match, which was played at Chua Chu Kang Stadium, kicked off at 5pm, with SKA looking to build on their opening day victory.
The opening few minutes of the match saw both teams exchanging possession of the ball but SKA soon started to dominate proceedings with some steady build up play. Balls were played in behind the Eunos' backline but the lack of a finishing touch meant the game approached the halftime whistle in a stalemate. However, 5 minutes before the end of the half, a dangerous corner kick whipped in by Shahrukh saw a desperate scramble at the goal mouth, and Shabir made no mistakes from 6 yards out when the ball fell kindly for him. SKA took a well deserved lead into the break.
Eunos came out raring to go after the interval, pressing much higher up on the pitch and tackling harder than they were previously. An unfortunate tackle, however, saw one of their players being sent off just minutes after the restart. Eunos still pushed on relentlessly and were duly rewarded on 52 minutes when a mix-up in the SKA’s defence saw the ball sit up conveniently for their forward to strike home from 6 yards out. The equaliser came totally against the run of play but the Khalsa players were not going to let their heads hang. Minutes after conceding, SKA found themselves once again in the lead via a well placed finish by Shahrukh as he placed the ball beyond the reach of the keeper, after being played in by a well timed high ball from the back. Shahrukh then doubled his tally for the day at 60 minutes when a brilliant through ball from Ignatius saw him rounding the keeper and slotting home with ease. 3-1 to SKA and the game seemed all but over.
SKA still were not done yet, and continued surging forward in search of a fourth goal to all but seal up the game as substitutes were introduced late into the match. Their efforts paid off when Taufik Jiahuddin placed a free kick from the edge of the penalty box into the back of the net, past the outstretched hands of the Eunos custodian. It proved to be the icing on the cake as SKA recorded their second consecutive win for the season, a 4-1 victory. The result sees them move up to the 2nd spot in the Division 1 table. All in all, another good performance and deserved result for the SKA Team!
- Ashwin Unnithan (21)