NFL 2018 Match Reports

Singapore Khalsa Association VS Singapore Cricket Club
Date: 19th May 2018
Time: 7.45pm
Venue: Jalan Besar Stadium
Score: 0-2

It was an extremely wet and humid day as Singapore Khalsa Association played their 3rd match of the season against Singapore Cricket Club.

It was a match of two halves for Khalsa. Some key players were absent from the starting eleven due to work and injury but the coaching team fielded players who were equally good and capable. Khalsa started the match like they always do, with high tempo pressuring and swift passing .The game was very one sided till Khalsa lost a abit of focus and concentration when one of SCC`s player got injured. Everyone came to the byline for a quick drink as it was the month of Ramadan and players wanted to hydrate themselves as much as possible. And when SCC restarted the match SKA players were caught out of position to concede their first goal of the match at 13 mins.

In the 21st min SCC got themselves a corner. When the corner was taken SKA keeper came out to collect the in-swinging ball but it slipped off his hand due to the wet weather and fell straight onto the feet of a SCC player who coolly slotted the ball in to make the score two zero in favor of Singapore Cricket Club.

The scoreline stayed the same way till halftime.

When the match restarted after the break, SKA went in with more focus,they were hungrier and all guns blazing. But all they could do was hit the woodwork a couple of times and have the keeper saving everything which was thrown at him. The SCC keeper and players were determined to put in the extra effort and not allow any goals go past them. They practically camped at their own half not allowing SKA any space to maneuver in and get any points from this game.

Final whistle was blown. Match ended Singapore Khalsa Association 0 - 2 Singapore Cricket Club.

 

Singapore Khalsa Association vs Bukit Timah Juniors
Date: 12th May 2018
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Toa Payoh Stadium
Score: 2-1

Khalsa was back in action against a very young and energetic Bukit Timah Juniors team.

Both teams started the match well but Khalsa were raring to go after the disappointing draw from their first match and were determined to get that early goal and piled on the pressure from the 1st whistle. Within the first 10 mins Khalsa got their first goal .
Bukit Timah did not cleared a corner from khalsa to safety and the ball was sent back into their danger zone which was headed in by Muhammad Basit . 1-0 to Khalsa .

Khalsa kept putting on the pressure on their opponents challenging for every ball in every corner of the Toa Payoh Stadium pitch . And that high tempo pressure paid off on the 20th min mark when Oswind Rosayro put Khalsa 2-0 ahead with a brilliant shot just inside the opponent penalty box .
Khalsa had many opportunities to add on but could not capitalize as the opponent sat back and defended. The game continued the same way till half time.

2nd half Khalsa started the same way they ended the 1st . But this time the opponents were better prepared and were harder. Khalsa tried to increase their lead but good defending and fine saves from the opposing keeper kept the score at 2-0 .
A sudden counter attack by Bukit Thimah juniors gave them a goal back in the 85th min as Khalsa threw more bodies forward wanting to extend their lead further .

The game ended with Khalsa getting the first win in this season's NFL Div 2 .
Win that win Khalsa are 3rd in the table only losing out to Kaki Bukit by goal difference for the 2nd spot .

Date: 29 April 2018
Time: 5pm
Venue: Jalan Besar Stadium

The opening game of the NFL Division 2 between Jungfrau Punggol FC and Singapore Khalsa Association saw both teams leave with a point, as the final score ended 2-2 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Jungfrau Punggol took an early lead in the 2nd minute as a defensive error by the Khalsa defence allowed them to capitalise and take an early lead.

Khalsa responded from that early setback and started to get into the game and apply pressure on the Jungfrau defence. Khalsa’s possessional play and attacking intent led to 2 quick goals within the space of 10 mins, with V.Ghanisheelan getting both goals.

Khalsa had many opportunities to add on to the scoreline but failed to capitalise on their chances. Jungfrau Punggol knew they still had an opportunity to stay in the game and made Khalsa pay by snatching an equaliser against the run of play during the second half.

In the 89th minute, Julian from Khalsa picked up his second yellow of the game for a rash challenge, which resulted in him being sent off.

Both teams had chances to win the game but eventually, the game ended all square with the final score being Jungfrau Punggol FC 2-Singapore Khalsa Association 2.



Inaugural NFL Challenge Cup 2018

As part of FAS’s initiatives to give more recognition to the NFL teams, representatives from the NFL Division 1 and Division 2 teams were invited to take part in an official ceremony at the Jalan Besar Stadium prior to the inaugural NFL Challenge Cup 2018 between Yishun Sentek Mariners and SAFSA.

Khalsa was represented by Mr Gurdev Singh, Soccer Convenor for Singapore Khalsa Association.