Dropped points for SCC against a spirited Vikings team
Both teams welcomed the 10AM Friday morning kick off on a sunny yet breezy SCC Padang. What better way to start the bank holiday weekend, you might say? Yet, at the end of this encounter both teams were left forlorn for quite different reasons.
The game began with SCC attacking the Connaught Road end. Highlights of the first half hour included some strong interplay from Los Dos Kikes on the right. A few good chances were created but SCC failed to capitalise. And, it was Vikings who would be first to put the ball in the back of the net.
A route one ball split our defence and the Vikings striker finished well only to be ruled narrowly offside.
This sparked more life into SCC and we began to exert some dominance. Again a few chances went begging and a Hutcheon header was – we feel, harshly – ruled out for an apparent foul. It took a moment of magic from Kike Sr to eventually break the deadlock.
Ignoring the loud shouts of ‘patience’ from the side, Tim ‘DJ Titan’ Walter delivered a beautifully measured long ball from the back onto the chest of Hutcheon who cushioned it superbly into the path of Kike Sr. The eclectic Iberian made no mistake, unleashing a sublime 20 yard volley into the back of the net. It was a strike deserving of a goal at any level of football. 1-0 to the SCC.
At this point, SCC had an opportunity to extend our lead against a seemingly tiring and increasing lacklustre Vikings team. We continued to create but struggled to apply the finishing touch, the Vikings keeper made some vital saves too. 1-0 it was at half time.
The half time talk focused on the importance of the next goal. We felt it we scored it, we could go on and score more. If the Vikings scored we knew we’d be in for a game. And, it was indeed the Vikings who would score next.
The introduction of Liam Shotton made an immediate impact on the left for SCC. More chances were created but none were converted and we were made to the pay the price for our profligacy by the Vikings who struck back to make it 1-1. Only minutes later, another foray into the SCC half resulted in a second goal for the Vikings. 2-1 to the Vikings with around 20 minutes to play.
The SCC continued to press and despite creating more good chances we didn’t get the goal we sought. Credit must also go to the Vikings keeper for making a couple of very good point blank stops. We were strangely out of sorts for much of the second half and looked a shadow of the team that won the league and cup double last season. It seemed as though today would not be our day. Yet we did have something to cheer with just five minutes left on the clock.
After some good work on the left by Marcus Nagle, a cultured cross from Kike Sr. was neatly directed into the bottom corner of the net by the head of Liam Shotton bringing parity to the scoreboard. We couldn’t quite get the winner and 2-2 was how it ended.
The Vikings will be disappointed. Having come so close to a hard fought victory they’ll be gutted to have conceded so late. And SCC are disappointed that we didn’t get the victory we could have secured had we converted a few more of the chances created throughout the match.
Thanks to the Vikings for a hard fought and competitive game. We wish you the best for the rest of the season.
As for the SCC, it’s clear that we need to perform better if we are to win the league again this season. Nonetheless, there are a couple of things to be happy about. To get a goal back when it seemed like it was not our day and to earn a draw when we’ve played well below the standards we set ourselves are both positives. And, it is these positives that we must take out of this game as we switch our minds to next week’s encounter with Les Francais.
MOM – Kike Junior for being a constant threat on the right during the first half.
TOTD – Sam Balls for attempting to show me his shirt number whilst wearing a warm-up top.
And, a new award for Quote of the Day goes to Liam Shotton. This conversation (reportedly) occurred in the SCC changing room after the match.
Ross : “Are you joining us in Stumps for some lunch, Liam”
Liam : “No. I can’t, mate. I’ve got to pick up my outfit for the Hari Raya celebration. . I can’t believe it. My brother has just moved to Middlesbrough for 3 million pounds and I’m getting fitted for a Muslim costume.”