SAFSA Hit Five Past Hapless Siglap

Aaron Chan
Writer / Editor
The Unofficial S.League Podcast

National Football League (NFL) Division One (14 May 2017): SAFSA put five past a hapless Siglap FC last evening, condemning the Easterners to their second heavy defeat in as many games.

It was Siglap who started off brightly as Aliff Shafaein, Rydha Syarriel and Guntur Djafril all had chances to open the scoring in the first ten minutes but were unable to put the ball past the imposing Shahul Rayyan.

SAFSA flipped things around when Nur Hizami was brought down in the box in the 14th minute and the striker blasted the ensuing penalty into the roof of the net beyond Halim Abdullah's outstretched arms.

Nur was in the thick of the action again just five minutes later when he did well to find Brendan Liang and the midfielder switched the ball calmly from his right to his left side while under pressure from Sahairi Ramri and slotted it under Halim for SAFSA's second goal.

Siglap tried their best to get back into the game and Aliff's pass sliced through SAFSA's defence in the 30th minute for K. Sinivasankumaran but the winger shot straight at Shahul instead of placing it into the corner.

Ignatius Ang showed just why the Hougang faithful loved him so much when he danced around his marker in the 38th minute before electing to cross with a fancy rabona to an unmarked Liang at the far post and the latter was disappointed to see his header sail over the crossbar.

Guntur had the ball in the net after a textbook header of Aliff's pinpoint cross just before half-time and he was infuriated when the linesman flagged him for offside. The former Woodlands Wellington man had another chance mere seconds later when he attempted a volley which flew just wide of the post.

Ang continued to threaten Siglap right after the restart when he whipped in a sweet free kick with his left foot and Halim had to leap at full stretch to keep the ball out. The Siglap keeper pulled off another heroic save shortly after when he somehow managed to stop Nur Hizami at point blank range.

Haqim Rahman then wowed the crowd with shades of Fabian Kwok's famous goal when he spotted Halim coming off his line in the 53rd minute and sent an accomplished half volley that went just under the crossbar and into the net, drawing applause from the stands and leaving the goalkeeper red-faced.

Ang had a number of free-kicks and corners scattered throughout the game and he made his corner count in the 58th minute when his swerving ball found Faris Azienuddin at the far post which the defender flicked home gleefully.

It was Ang who completed the rout in the 71st minute, going on a superb solo run and slaloming past the Siglap defence like a hot knife through butter before placing it expertly past Halim into the bottom corner.

SAFSA could have finished the match with six goals when substitute Andy Ahmad fired in a dangerous cross at Al Nazirul Islam, who saw his diving header clip the upright after Halim got a touch to slow down the velocity of the ball.

With the victory, SAFSA are in pole position with an impeccable goal difference of 10-0 after two rounds while Siglap are propping up the rest of the table at the moment. The soldiers will face tough upcoming opposition in the form of Singapore Cricket Club while Siglap will hope to bounce back against Admiralty FC on 21st May.

Full-Time at Bukit Gombak Stadium - NFl Division One (14 May 2017):

Siglap FC - 0


Siglap FC - N/A
SAFSA - Nur Hizami 14' (p), Brendan Liang 19', Haqim Rahman 53', Faris Azienuddin 58', Ignatius Ang 71'

Siglap FC: Halim Abdullah (GK), Sahahri Ramri (C), Guntur Djafril, Timothy Tan, Faizwan Roslan, Farhan Hairoddin, Shaik Muhd Alkhatib, Aqil Bashir, K. Sinivasankumaran, Aliff Shafaein, Rydha Syarriel (Substitutions Not Included)

SAFSA: Shahul Rayyan (GK), Haqim Rahman, Faris Azienuddin, Amin Rossady, Ignatius Ang, Nur Hizami, Fuad Ramli, Gerald Ang, Wyldan Wisam (C), Rayyan Mohamed, Brendan Liang (Substitutions Not Included)

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