Fish Out of Water

-Sengkang Punggol FC Fans' Perspective-

S.League Match 31

Opponent: Young Lions
Date: 4th Oct, 1945hrs
Venue: Jalan Besar Stadium
Final Score: 0 -1(Kenji Arai 48″)
Completely unaware of this match being played due to the irregularities of the match fixtures of late with the Singapore Cup tournament and Young Lions’ recent matches postponement.

Once again whoever scheduled fixtures in the league has done brilliantly to alienate viewers again; just when the stone cold fact that we just aren’t the Top 10 league in Asia.
(Well no one in the right state of mind  is deceiving himself about the Top 10 accolade for a while now)

On the ground, they were humbled by Geylang United days before, the Dolphins bounced back with a nifty win to see them notching a record 27 points (in Sengkang Punggol era).
Perhaps in the past few seasons, Sengkang Punggol could be in 9th or 10th position now but due to the competitiveness innate in the league in the mid table region, they are still entrenched second from bottom.

With 2 games left to play (one against Tampines Rovers), 10th position in the final standings definitely look a yard too far now.
Of course Beijing with all their suspension problem could slide downhill by losing all their remaining matches including the final game of the season against Sengkang Punggol of course.

Against a weakened and well fatigued Young Lions, the Dolphins clinched the win from Kenji Arai’s second goal of the season.
The former Albirex & SAFFC man really had been a revelation for the team.
His calmness in defense coupled with his spot on instructions to his fellow defenders really beef the team up defensively.
His brace score in merely like 16 -17 games played showed the attacking facet to his game and outdid Abdoullaye Diallo who played twice as many game for us and not score once in the league.

An impressive tailend for coach Aide and his team who really outdid their predecessors (including the highly touted “all stars” class of 2009) and surely a platform to build upon for the next season.

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


  1. A bit out of point, but I’ve heard the management is planning for a small thank-you event post Tampines match, since it’s our last home game of the season at Hougang stadium.

    Maybe it’ll be a good time for all the SPFC fans to be under one roof with Aide and the players for once?

    PS. I’m very sure we’ll get 30 or more points above the BJs, hang on to faith!

    Comment by Merv | October 5, 2010 | Reply

    • Gracious of the club to do so.

      Well even the Tampines game has all to play for, perhaps even a point followed by a win against Beijing should really spell a wonderful end to the season

      Comment by wreckidigidy | October 5, 2010 | Reply

  2. How would you guys deem the season now that we’re 2 games away from the end? Has it been a success with a record points total and better football in general than previous years or is it a case of failure as SP isn’t in mid table? Like you said wreckidigidy, due to the competitive mid-table, SP would actually be higher in the standings in other seasons.

    Comment by William | October 5, 2010 | Reply

    • Personally I think it was at least a grade B in terms of the team assembled at the start of the season.

      However there were games that had been real disappointing like against Albirex and Geylang.
      If the team could get a few points from those games, the team should be in at least 9th for now

      Comment by wreckidigidy | October 5, 2010 | Reply

      • With the win, SPFC are 99% sure of avoiding the spoon this season.

        However, having finished 2nd-fr-bottom for the past 3 seasons, this campaign can only be classified as a minor success with 10th or better placings… (esp. with points docked for BJ)


        Comment by henryo | October 5, 2010 | Reply

  3. I do think that the current team is decent enough to compete in the league but one area the team clearly miss is a top you can see though we notch a few impressive win with 1-0 scoreline you can actually see the players huff and puff to protect the lead by allowing opponents to time and time again rally on our goal..only the likes of ratna n kenji fended off their attacking (we can imagine how it will be if they were not present)…but then if we could have a better creative midfield(Zdravko Simic is a very good example)to spray good passes,keeping the ball well and defending as well we could actually see us putting in more attacking impetous and score a few more to calm the nerve that the thing i hope could be improve..the current an jae cuel is just too bad and the likes of ashley and farizal are just average as well

    Comment by dolphin fan | October 5, 2010 | Reply

    • Exactly dolphin fan, I felt a quality midfielder is needed desperately… Zdrako Simic for instance

      Comment by wreckidigidy | October 5, 2010 | Reply

  4. Totally agreed. We are lacking a playmaker in midfield. Someone who can produce that moment of magic.

    Of the foreigners that are here now, we should only look to retain Kenji Arai, Jordan Webb and Mamadou Diallo. Sorry to say but Ahn has been disappointing and the less said about Moshee better.

    Gonna try and keep my schedule free for the last home game.

    Comment by y a p | October 6, 2010 | Reply

    • Of the foreigners that are here now, we should only look to retain Kenji Arai, Jordan Webb and Mamadou Diallo. Sorry to say but Ahn has been disappointing and the less said about Moshee better.

      Haha…yah Moshee really did not impress in the few games I saw.
      I really don’t know what he brings to the attacking side.
      Maybe better technique but tends to lose the ball or could not run to get any stray passes from his team mates.
      Of course his goal ratio is really miserable considering the position he plays. (even Kenji got two)

      As for Ahn, saw him twice this season on the telly, missed a howler from a good play from Jordan in the Albirex game but otherwise Abdoullaye is a tad better in terms of ability to win back ball

      Comment by wreckidigidy | October 6, 2010 | Reply

  5. Yes agreed. We should keep the the 3 foreign players as you mention above Wreckidigidy. Beef up with 2 more better players preferbably one striker and one more centre midfielder. Register one as prime league player.

    As for the local players. Keep those constanly playing in the first eleven and get a few more players that can challenge for the starting spot. Those who are better then our players that is always siting on the bench. In that way the team as a whole will improve.

    Comment by Raymond | October 6, 2010 | Reply

  6. Keep kenji and scrap the rest.Jordan and mamadou are good but cant score many goals.I think we need to get another strong tall defender.Creative midfielder and a good striker who can finish.Then we will do well.

    Comment by chris | October 7, 2010 | Reply

  7. Constant chop and changing players season after season doesn’t help. We need to keep at least 75% of the present team to achieved stability.

    Comment by Raymond | October 9, 2010 | Reply

  8. moshee and ahn has to go most probably. Anyway the club most likely would not have stooped to signing NFL-calibre players if not for the money wasted on signing early strikers keita (visa issues) and fante (flop).

    Comment by spfc4life | October 10, 2010 | Reply

  9. we need to scrap the sengkang cheerleaders also,still going with the foul mouth cheers and disrespecting the oppostion,match officials also.

    Comment by pgj | October 12, 2010 | Reply

    • That is a voluntary service from the fans, so it would be quite delirious from the management to ban that already pathetic amount of fan support they have.

      Comment by wreckidigidy | October 12, 2010 | Reply

  10. yes it is voluntary but it is also immature of this supporters group in the way the behave and sing their songs,i am a die hard fan myself and i do not need to show my support in this way,it put other die hard fans in a bad light also.

    Comment by pgj | October 12, 2010 | Reply

    • I have not been able to be present live to be tuned to this new vocal support and had people from the club and all around wax lyrical about their newfound support for local football, better still a club languishing second from the foot of the table.

      There had not been particular furore over their chants and songs from the authorities or opposiing fans while the members of the group had time and again came out to say they had no malicious intention and it was all confined to the game as of how the game is like globally.

      So I don’t think people will generally put a bad name on all Sengkang Punggol fans, but unless other SPFC fans decided to turn away from the game because of this issue, then we need to look into the matters

      Comment by wreckidigidy | October 12, 2010 | Reply

  11. maybe if u just go the sengkang games and listen what is being sung then u will get what i mean,i do not go against them just that i feel it is not right even the intent is not malicous because it could result in unhappiness in other fan clubs,i do not see other fan clubs going to such extent to singing foul language,yes their cheers maybe boring and the same but at least there is respect among the fans and other fan clubs,just my thoughts.

    Comment by pgj | October 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Cool point taken, I really cannot comment since I don’t go for live matches these days, so I am staying neutral for this matter although I am sure they had time and again reaching out to you for an explanation regarding this matter

      Comment by wreckidigidy | October 12, 2010 | Reply

  12. no atmosphere people complain, now got atmosphere and cheers also got people complain.

    haven you read any of the reports? Aide actually mentioned that these fans and their chants actually had an effect on the team and it really helps to boost the morale. you think those chants like “we want goal” or what can motivate the team?

    I would say kudos to these group of people, at least they are making the effort. What about you pgj, you declare yourself a diehard fan but what have you done for the team?

    Comment by y a p | October 12, 2010 | Reply

    • i ve no comments on this and to each their own but if u really want to know what i mean ,go down to sengkang game and listen carefully to what this group of supporters are singing.

      Comment by pgj | October 21, 2010 | Reply

  13. Dear fellow Dolphins fans,

    UNITED FOR UNITED will be having a Saturday afternoon of Futsal Fun in a friendly kickabout, thereafter chartering a bus (or buses, depending on the turnout!) to our final home game vs title contenders Tampines at our Hougang stadium. Will be quite a homecoming to look forward to this Saturday!

    Always welcome to come join our U4U family, we’re not just a football fan club but a family! Cheers!

    Comment by Merv | October 18, 2010 | Reply

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