Fish Out of Water

-Sengkang Punggol FC Fans' Perspective-

S.League 2010 Match 24

Opponent: Etoile FC
Date: 27th July, 1945hrs (started 11 minutes late)
Venue: Queenstown Stadium
Final Score: 0 – 1 (Frederic Mendy 31″)

Another slender defeat against an opposition who should had left the Dolphins high and dry with the ability they possessed.
Once again, if Sengkang Punggol’s forward had been more clinical, the story might be very different.

Traffic jam robbed the team’s preparation time on the UNESCO World Heritage relic of a pitch at Queenstown but the boys put on a gutsy displayed and ruffled the feathers of the home team (hey since they are the cockerels) both on and off pitch.

Comments from anyone who attended the game?

July 28, 2010 - Posted by | Matches, S League 2010


  1. Hey! Yup, attended the match. Like what Johnathan said, we basically attempted to turn Queenstown – with its horrible acoustics and even more terrible pitch – as our “homeground”. At least that elicited individual responses from the Etoile fans (or as I suspect, SGpool fans). What we wanted to see the atmosphere livened up (without getting confrontational, of course).

    Our boys let in a scrappy goal from a good cross by the overlapping rightback that we couldn’t handle at that one moment, and Mendy had the easy task of basically chesting the ball in (at least that’s what it looked from my point of view).

    Other than that, our boys played with their hearts out and never gave up, and for that I’m mighty proud of the Sengkang boys. There was very little way past the physically taller and tougher french (and other nationality) players though, unfortunately: with such a horrible pitch, we couldn’t play short passes too much or long balls.

    IMO, Fadhil the GK was our MOTM again, with his twice stupendous saves keeping us in the game.

    That’s my impression of last night’s match.

    Anyway, full match report on the S-League portal:

    “The all-deciding goal, when it came, had some element of good fortune about it, as the Sengkang players had been preparing for a free kick after Mojtaba Tehranizadeh had been involved in a tussle with an Etoile man in the centre of the field.

    “Where many might have expected the visitors to get the call, the referee awarded the free kick to Etoile instead, and that ruling caught the Dolphins off-guard enough to fail to pick up Mendy of all people.

    “The striker made a run into the six-yard box to latch on to a fine diagonal cross from the right by Julien Deletraz. Before any defenders could react, Mendy virtually chested the ball over the line at pointblank range.

    ” “Yes, concentration cost us that goal,” admitted the Dolphins coach as he discussed the defeat.”

    Will you guys be joining us at the Jln Besar stadium next week vs Gombak?

    Comment by Mervin Tan | July 28, 2010 | Reply


    Despite losing the SLVC title to Etoile on 7/27, the back-to-back wins before that have propelled Sengkang to within 10 points of Jurong FC in the all-time table:


    # Teams—- Ssn P- W–D–L– F—A– Pts GD–

    11 Jurong— 7 179 70-36-073 261-274 253 -13
    12 Sengkang 11 313 56-67-190 315-654 243 -339 * *
    13 Sembawang 7 207 53-52-102 256-405 216 -149

    Just 11 more points in the remaining 9 games will do it (10 won’t do, since JFC have a much better goal difference), come on Sengkang!!

    Comment by henryo | July 29, 2010 | Reply

  3. Woodlands’ Spoon:

    With points hard to come by for Woodlands (just 2 in the last possible 27), the Wooden Spoon race could well be over by now (albeit with 9 games still to play), given that Sengkang are “enjoying” a 4-point lead and a vastly “superior” goal difference, 🙂

    Lucky Dolphins, for the 4th season running, they will likely avoid the Spoon by the same one position, with a worse team always there to save their blushes, :-p

    2007: Spoon – Super Reds, “Runner-up” – Sengkang
    2008: Balestier, Sengkang again
    2009: Balestier, Sengkang again & again
    2010: Woodlands? Sengkang again x 3?

    In fact, they could have made the “Great Escape” 5-season in-a-row, had Geylang not finished the 2006 season with 3 straight wins…

    Comment by henryo | July 29, 2010 | Reply

  4. i just wanted to say thank you to whoever is maintaining this space. 🙂 it is very nicely done up and it’s very heartwarming to see that there are actually ardent supporters to a team that’s placed on the second last on the chart. and also the recent cheering team that just came on board, the cheers are extremely hilarious and i smile whenever i hear those voices. 🙂

    SPFC FTW! they’re getting stronger and better!

    Comment by crabbyfatty | August 2, 2010 | Reply

    • Hello! I hope you’re a fellow Spongebob fan too, from your nick 😉

      Yup, if there’s a philosophy of a team that attracts me, it’s her never-ending quest for improvement, never giving up, always striving to get stronger and better!

      I’m certainly looking forward to Wednesday’s battle, hope you can join us and cheer along with us at Jln Besar stadium! Do come up to us to say hi yah? No walls in the football fraternity 🙂



      Comment by Mervin Tan | August 2, 2010 | Reply

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