Central Park missed a glorious opportunity to pull herself out of the relegation zone after they played to a dull goal-less draw against fellow relegation battlers YDM United at Serangoon Stadium. Both teams looked lethargic and lacked any kind of creative play in the game as they shared the spoils in an unforgiving afternoon.
Sharks looked to take advantage of Barclays slip-up in the latter's game and with the team's defeat against Barbarians still stinging in the team's ear, they knew that this was the perfect opportunity to regain the confidence against YDM United who are in a similar state, only a win would take either teams out of the relegation zone though YDM United are left with only a game after today's encounter. The Sharks bench were bereath of any creative spark needed for the team as they started with slower between the two teams. The closest either team was to find the back of the net was when Graeme free-kick was floated in but hit the crossbar, albeit it was to be retaken for an infringement in the wall. YDM on the other hand looked the livelier between the two teams but they were often found wanting in the last third of the field. The referee blew for half-time in the lifeless game, with both teams seemed content to play the game out in the scorching weather.
Two changes were made in defense for Sharks and a switch of position between Harold and Brendan failed to ignite the team as YDM controlled much of the game and were always dangerous on the break. Sharks on the other hand lacked the creative impetus to trouble the opposition with several mishit passes that peppered the game. YDM came closest when their corner kick was connected in the packed defense as Michael had relieved written all over his face as it hit the crossbar and to safety. That failed to liven Sharks play as they continued to have problems finding any rythmn to their game, with the ball constantly out of play much to the disgust of the manager at the sideline. Sharks came closest in the final moments but Kelvin's misdirected shot towards goal which was embarrassingly missed summed up the afternoon for both teams.
The manager commented, 'We didn't showed enough attitude to win this game and it's disappointing to see we didn't even managed to string 4 passes together, with the best pass of the game involving Graeme, Steven and Charlson in a little triangle as the trio came out of defense. That's summed up our afternoon as we failed to create any meaningful opportunity to trouble the opposition custodian. We are now left with a double-header against Changi United to save ourselved from going down for the first time in the club history in ESPZEN.