Singapore Premier League • October 20, 2014

Inspiring Young Lions Face Stumbling Rams


Woodlands Wellington vs Courts Young Lions

(October 21, Tuesday, 7.30pm, Woodlands Stadium)

Written by: Muhammad Yazid

Second-tier dwellers Woodlands Wellington and Courts Young Lions lock horns at the Woodlands Stadium for their second last game in this season’s Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League.

Woodlands, Young Lions and Harimau Muda are at the risk of being wooden-spoonists and they have to start claiming as many points as possible to reduce the risk.

The Young Lions’ latest 2-0 win over Hougang United meant that they are off the root of the table, and sit on tenth place with 22 points, while Woodlands and Harimau are both on 20 points, at 11th spot and bottom respectively.

Although Woodlands may have nothing much to play for as the season is nearing its end, getting away from bottom position or even the bottom three would be their main objective.

Salim Moin would not only be focused on that, as he would have started his plans for next season.

After the 1-0 loss to Tanjong Pagar United, he mentioned that he was not impressed with his foreign contingent consisting of Chang Jo Yoon, Moon Soon Ho, Stefan Milojevic, Milos Jevtic and Atsushi Shimono.

Thus, the five players, together with the rest of the team, would be hoping to impress the gaffer in the final two games.

As for Aide Iskandar’s side, the inclusion of the duo from LionsXII, Faris Ramli and Shafiq Ghani, have boosted his side’s firepower considerably, with the former bagging a goal on his debut.

Suspension: Shahril Alias (Woodlands Wellington)

Key Men To Watch

Woodlands Wellington: Stefan Milojevic

Apart from the fact that Woodlands are struggling to create chances, one should not underestimate the delivery-ability and the support Milojevic provides to the two strikers, Moon Soon Ho and Chang Jo Yoon.

His ball-control and nifty footwork when faced with opponents is his forte. Expect him to do the same against the young side, together with his usual majestic pin-point through passes.

Courts Young Lions: Faris Ramli

He is currently one of Singapore’s fastest footballers, and Faris is expected to run up and down the flanks against the Rams just like how he effortlessly did against Hougang.

Already having had one goal to his name, the winger might be looking to double his tally. But his main objective would be to help his team earn another comfortable three points, no doubt.

Woodlands Wellington – LLLDL

15/10/14     Tanjong Pagar United 1-0 Woodlands Wellington

3/10/14       Geylang International 2-1 Woodlands Wellington

18/9/14       Woodlands Wellington 0-3 Hougang United

30/8/14       Woodlands Wellington 1-1 Harimau Muda

26/8/14       Brunei DPMM 8-1 Woodlands Wellington

Courts Young Lions – WLLWW

19/10/14  Courts Young Lions 2-0 Hougang United

4/10/14    Tanjong Pagar United 3-1 Courts Young Lions

1/10/14    Courts Young Lions 0-1 Harimau Muda

28/8/14    Home United 0-3 Courts Young Lions

23/8/14    Courts Young Lions 2-1 Hougang United

Head to Head (S.League)

1/7/14      Woodlands Wellington 1-3 Courts Young Lions

13/3/14    Courts Young Lions 2-2 Woodlands Wellington

16/7/13    Woodlands Wellington 5-2 Courts Young Lions

5/4/13      Courts Young Lions 1-3 Woodlands Wellington

15/6/12    Woodlands Wellington 1-2 Courts Young Lions

12/2/12    Courts Young Lions 0-1 Woodlands Wellington

15/10/11  Courts Young Lions 5-1 Woodlands Wellington

7/7/11       Woodlands Wellington 0-4 Courts Young Lions

14/5/11     Courts Young Lions 1-2 Woodlands Wellington