Safra Tampines - Two-goal hero Aarulselven starred as he combined with Rohit Bhojwani to contribute to the 3-0 defeat of KPMG. In a game where FAA dominated and kept the score sheet clean, the academy side start their climb up the table to chase second placed Sporting Olympique. Starting with an odd tactic, playing with three centre backs with wingbacks, head coach Ahmad Paijan utilized the luxury of having more wingers on the day as it gave the team a certain width in the play.
The team led by coach Tan Liyu and coach Huimin sitting in front of the back five pulling the strings, could have taken the lead inside ten minutes when a diagonal ball found Rohit on the left before cutting a low cross which found Aarul, but with his back facing the goal, he could not muster enough power to put his shot through with his effort, striking the post. Rohit put his team ahead on the 16th minute when his right footer thunder bolt found the net to give his team a storming start, signifying the dominance of the team.
Aarul scored the easiest of the three goals thirty-two minutes into the game when a poor pass from the defender got intercepted by Aarul who beat past his man before slotting the ball into the net, leaving the goalkeeper stranded. The two-goal cushion saw off the half with not much action coming from the company team.
Changing to a 4-4-2 formation saw the boys taking their foot off the pedal going into the second half unable to continue their air of dominance and saw the shaky midfield working hard to cover the gaps. KPMG kept their pressure up and tested the FAA defence but were put off by some close offside decisions. The boys added their third in the 68th minute when Aarul added his second goal of the game with a nicely taken poachers’ goal, side volleying from close range, leaving KPMG with their work cut out with less than thirty minutes to go. The boys held on tight with some desperate defending to repel the attacks from KPMG, mind intent to keep a clean sheet which saw the back four of coach Khairullah, Ashok, Mohd Naif and Fitri Huzaimi putting their bodies behind the shots.
MOTM: Aarulselven Tamilselven, continuing his fine scoring form, was a crucial player for his side.