Fish Out of Water

-Sengkang Punggol FC Fans' Perspective-

S.League Match 25

Opponent: Gombak United
Date: 4th Aug, 1930hrs
Venue: Jalan Besar Stadium
Final Score: 0 – 0
Once again having a decent goalkeeper makes a difference.

On the night of hesitant defending, Fadhil Salim once again proved to be the top contender for the player of the year for the club by thwarting his former team with a fine performance.

A five-men defense in the end did not provide the gridlock to hold the precise passing game of the Gombak attack as they waltzed in behind the final man time and again but were foiled by wasteful finishing, fine goalkeeping and a touch of bad luck as Bah Mamadou’s crossbar-hit header is a testament.

Meanwhile our attack done well to strive on the scraps provided to them on the attacking third due to the shoddy state of the final pass.
Jordan & Mamadou had their chance to find the net but it was just a match which the ball would just not go in.
Despite having their long range shots testing Zakariah Nerani in the Gombak goal, Farizal Basri & Faizal Amir contributions did not add up in the game on the whole; at least they are more visible than one of the newly-signed foreign imports.

Ultimately the team did not win as desired but they did not lose either. The performance can be mentioned in the positive note, just that the forwards had to take their chances more clinically.
This should bode well against Woodlands before the 3 weeks break.

August 5, 2010 - Posted by | Matches, S League 2010


  1. Fadhil was top class for me! Especially the save he made in the dying moments of the match.

    An outstanding lad, what more can I say except…. Raddy call him up!

    Comment by Johnathan A. Francis | August 5, 2010 | Reply


    Plus, he’s a down-to-earth guy in person, what can I say. I hope the lack of inches isn’t playing in Raddy’s mind man :\

    Comment by Mervin Tan | August 5, 2010 | Reply

  3. Oh, must not forget to give Kenji Arai and Suffian Ratna – especially Kenji, frankly – the credit for holding the line really well, despite the lots of scary moments during Gombak’s through-pass moments.

    Must say, Duncan had a decent game at leftback too, I do wonder if he should overlap more often though? But I suppose right now, defensive solidarity is important man.

    Unfortunately, my friends and I can’t make the Sunday Woodlands game, gonna clash with our United gathering which is going to be always our priority. (Though I’m contemplating personally heading down to Woodlands alone before rushing to our “home” @ Boat Quay). Who knows, maybe one voice is enough for Sunday?

    Comment by Mervin Tan | August 5, 2010 | Reply

  4. yesterday’s game was super scary! shahir made a lot of nice saves, i must add! and as usual, the cheers were hilarious ( though mostly i hear a low murmur of voices, which i can’t make out the words) fav cheer has to be the wtf one. haha.

    SPFC improved a lot from the last time they met the gombak people, at the jurong west stadium. A LOT. so i’d say yesterday’s game was a vast improvement and as usual, am really proud of them 🙂

    Comment by crabbyfatty | August 5, 2010 | Reply

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