Singapore Premier League • July 2, 2014

Impressive Young Lions Claim Third Win Of Season


Written by: Muhammad Yazid

Courts Young Lions put up an impressive performance to clinch a comfortable 3-1 win over Woodlands Wellington at the Woodlands Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Sahil Suhaimi scored in style to break the deadlock for his side before Canadian compatriots Jordan Webb and Sherif El-Masri added their names to the scoresheet.

Woodlands were rewarded with a consolation through Chang Jo Yoon in the dying moments of the game but that could do nothing in preventing the Young Lions a third win of the season.

During the game, the developmental side tried to play their usual passing game and penetrated the opposition’s defence whenever possible. Relying on lobbed through passes from the centre, forwards Sahil and Iqbal Hussain were often tasked to chase down the long balls.

However, that particular move never paid off for Aide Iskandar’s charges against a stubborn Woodlands side.

With Woodlands’ defence being almost unbreakable, it could only take a peach of a goal to put the Young Lions in the driving seat, and they did so through Sahil in the 29th minute.

The sensational striker spectacularly opened the accounts with a sweetly-struck scissors-kick from eight yards out which nestled into the bottom corner following Iqbal’s cross from the right.

Eight minutes before half-time, the visitors had an opportunity to double their advantage when Webb was at the receiving end of a brilliant through-ball by Iqbal. However, he skied his effort over.

Woodlands’ first chance of the game only came in the 40th minute and it could have been the equaliser were it not for heroics of Young Lions goalkeeper Rudy Khairullah.

Latching onto a long ball, Fadhil Noh whipped in a delightful cross from the right, only for Moon Soon Ho’s timely header to be punched away by Rudy.

The Rams slowly settled into the game and started posing some threat.

Rosman Sulaiman saw his thunderous strike sail just over the crossbar, after Goh Swee Swee’s similar effort was easy for Rudy to handle.

The restart promised more goals as both sides started to show more hunger in scoring.

Fadhil had two back-to-back attempts to get the much-needed equaliser for his side, but his shots from outside the penalty box was saved by Rudy and whizzed past the post respectively.

The Young Lions did not take their feet off the gas pedal and were looking for a second, but struggled to find one.

Shameer Aziq agonisingly blasted his effort off Iqbal’s cross way over the bar before substitute El-Masri miscued his finish wide.

The boys in dark blue finally made it 2-0 in the 74th minute thanks to a brilliant solo effort by Webb. The Canadian weaved his way through the defence from the left side of the pitch before slotting the ball below the arms of Ahmadulhaq Che Omar.

There were more to come as the Woodlands defence were caught flat-footed and conceded a third in the 82nd minute, when El-Masri beautifully curled his left-foot shot over the custodian.

Sahil could have grabbed a brace with five minutes to go, but his shot was parried away comfortably by Ahmadulhaq.

The Rams did pull one goal back in injury time through a Chang penalty, but that was too little too late as they succumbed to their first defeat after Salim Moin’s appointment as coach.