Central Park FC

Central Park FC Championship Party

We did it goes we won the FCC Champion ship and we couldn't be prouder of the crew. Everyone worked hard to get it here is the overview of the season:

Sharks had an enforced break of 4 weeks coming into the game due largely to the recent poor weather which made most pitches around the island unplayable. At the back of the player's mind had to be the absence of 5 regular players for their match against Mystic Footballers. To make matters worse, Salihin had to limp off 15mins into the gamewith a knee injury and with the lack of cover in defence, new Sharks player Wayne had to be introduced earlier than what the manager would have liked to do. If that wasn't bad enough, stand-in custodian Suhaime had to come off shortly afterwards when he injured his back while trying to stop a goal bound effort. That just sums up the day the Sharks had.
It all started brightly for the Sharks when Kit opened his accounts for the club with his first ever goal against the run of play with a poweful drive then dipped at the right moment leaving the opposition stranded
After two opening wins, FC was brought back down to earth after they were punished for some slacked and atrocious defending as they went down to a 3-6 defeat against leaders Redstar Woodgrove. The only positive for the game was frontman Isaac notching his second consecutive hat-trick in this campaign but it wasn't enough as his team slumped to their first defeat after 3 games
The International team however was on fire after 2 consecutive defeat in their opening games as they romped past Killer Whales 8-1 over at the Singapore Sports School. A hat-trick by Richard Benkovic, a brace from Soerensen and a goal each from Jason, Asawin and Robert ensured that the International team kickstart their poor start of the season with the morale boosting win. At the same time, the club welcomed Hamdani back from a two month layoff and his addidtion will add depth to the International team

Debutant Muhd Firdaus, a late addition into the team couldn't have chosen a better time to score his first goal for his team as he handed Sharks maximum points deep into injury time. Chasing what looked to be a lost cause; his pace enabled him to beat 2 man before firing low to the corner of the post for the winner. Heng Li had given Sharks a comfortable two goal lead at half-time before some inept displays provided Posuer a lifeline via a penalty and the leveler coming 3 mins before full-time.  

The team started with 2 changes from the last game against Taurus with Lutz and Chris coming in for Shahrizad and Kit respectively. While Poseur direct approach via long ball were causing all sorts of problem for the backline marshalled by Kelvin, it was Sharks who drew first thru Heng Li after Jeremy's free-kick found him at the far post with only 15mins of the game. He added another

Now that is one heck of a season. Good Job boys!

 

House Party After Soccer Game

I would like to report to you the outcomes of our recent games.

 

4 yellows and 2 penalties for each team were the highlight ofthis tightly contested game. The action went from end to end throughout the game with both teams trying to gain the upper hand despite several occasions when the match threatened to turn into a fracas as both set of players giving a no-holds barred performance, particularly so with the Sharks making this game to finalise the lineup of its players for the upcoming league.

The Sharks however went down early in the first half after being caught by a fast break from the Unicorns. Sharks custodian Isa had no chance after the Unicorn forward easily side footing him to sweep the ball home. Despite the early setback, Sharks surge forward to search for the elusive equaliser and they finally got a lucky break late in the first half when they were awarded a penalty for an innocuous handball. Up step Sharks penalty taker Salihin who no mistake from the spot to level the score.

The second-half was an even explosive affair where both set of players going in for the full blooded tackle which would even put the dirtiest South American player to shame. Perhaps it all started from a tit for tat comment from a Unicorn player early in the first half. Coming back to the action, the game only came alive in the last 10mins of play when Azman put the Sharks ahead for the first time with a glancing header off a free-kick from Gerard.

Unicorns then threatened to level the score on a number of occasions but Sharks Chris would be kicking himself in what could be the most spectacular miss this year when his volley from outside the box hit the crossbar. That would have sealed the match. Instead, it was Unicorns who came up with the goods where it mattered. Firstly via a penalty to level the game and the winning goal off lucky bounce which caught Sharks custodian Isa by surprise with less than a minute to go. Sharks would be particularly hard done by they conceded a late goal in their last game.

The Sharks would do well to learn how to give as hard as they took in the next few games if they wish to do well in the upcoming leagues where most teams would certainly give their all for the competitions.

LATE GOAL DENIES SHARK VICTORY

 

 Just like how I was denied from work by crazy michigan weather and limo driver had to come get me. You can read about the whole crazy ordeal here.

A late goal by Orange Team denied the Sharks from notching their 3rd win this year after Suhaime have put them ahead in the 35th minute. The furious pace of the game meant that chances were few with both sides losing possession in the middle of the park.

Sharks however have to rue the chances that came their way in this tightly contested affair where the tackles came flying fast and hard from both teams. But at the end of the game, it was undeniably a fair result for both teams.

Suhaime's goal brought his tally to 2 goals this year after good work from Heng Li on the right assured that the former scored with a simple tap-in. Sharks however have to thanked Man of The Match custodian Isa who bailed the team out on a number of occasion but he could do nothing with the goal conceded at the death of full-time after the Sharks defenders went to sleep for the first time in the game and was punished for it.

In the earlier game, the Reserves went down to an demoralising scoreline of 0-7 in Marina.

After the game we were dead beat tired so we decided to head back to coach house and have a little get together. On the way back I found this little sign post which I thought was interesting given what I have been involved with about local business.


Once we got to the coach place we are sitting around lounging and we notice that there bunch of guys plumbing

They were all working really hard to fix one his drainage problems and it seemed like quite the work load. Well during the party we had some drinks, some food, and our coach ordered pizza! which was fantastic.

 This is the best organization ever

and I will definitely be staying for a long time :)

One more thing to report.

I found my new favorite food. The Danish brown bread that my coach had because he is from Denmark

 

This bread is freaking amazing.

Ok that's it for now talk to you next time!

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Manager calls time

The time has finally come as Central Park bids farewell to its manager after 10 years at the helm. In a tenure that includes 2 Championship and 6 Runner’s-up position, it was time for the manager to call it a day as he hands over the baton to 2 of its senior players; Charlson Tay and Jason Evans Tan who will be overseeing the running of the team affairs.

Following the exit of the manager, utility player Jeffrey Soon has announced his retirement from the team after making 135 appearances since 2005. The other exit in the team will be Sharks all-time top scorer Heng Li as he seeks a new challenge having scored a total of 147 goals for the club since 2004 with his most memorable was his double against Hougang Sports Club back in 2006. That goal sparked Central Park’s dream run in the Island-wide League that saw them finished runners-up and qualified for National Football League Division 3 at its first calling.

We managed to get an insights from the manager and he said, ’Ten years is a long time to be managing a team and while it’s hard to let it go after all these years, the time is ripe for someone to take the helm as I’m confident that the team is left in good hands.’

When asked what was the most memorable or biggest achievement, he quipped ‘Many would point out the year 2007 where Sharks qualified for NFL as its biggest achievement but for me, the biggest achievement was having the opportunity to have the players that we have then and now; those who have donned the jersey and played their hearts out every game. They are what made Central Park possible till today and for that, I couldn’t thank them enough for being part of this journey with me.’

He added, ‘The club is fortunate to have these committed players who believe in the club cause and despite verbal volleys thrown at them at the sidelines during some games; everything remained on the field and over the years, I could safely say that I call most of them close friends now.’

The end of the manager’s tenure has put the club in good stead as they secured safety in Division 3 for next season after their win against Matador last weekend. Though it will not be a swansong for the manager to celebrate any title winning match during his last game, the players; current and former players will want to get the win for their manager.

When queried what makes the club ticked all these years, the manager commented, ‘It’s the belief of these players that we could compete and to be frank, we were never known to be the skillful team and neither were we known as a one-man’s team; it has always been the workman-like ethics of each players that made the team what it is now and as many of the players would know, I would refer them as a ‘farmer’s team’ where it’s thru hard-work on the field that gets us grinding results.’

Nonetheless, what caught many by surprise was the introduction of the manager as a late substitute in its last game. When asked if that’s a signal of the manager returning to the game, he said, ‘There were not many regrets during the past 10 years but one of the biggest disappointment personally was never having the chance to wear the club proud colours in any competitive game. To be wearing that in a competitive game last weekend was a special one to cherished for a long time even though I don’t even get a touch of the ball, he laughed.'

As to how and what the directions of the club would be, the manager said, ’That will be up to the incoming managers of the team but the most important thing have to be them keeping to the tradition of the team; belief and discipline.’


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