Singapore Premier League • July 1, 2014

Rejuvenated Woodlands Look To Continue Good Form


Woodlands Wellington vs Courts Young Lions

(July 1, Tuesday, 8.00pm, Woodlands Stadium)

Written by: Muhammad Yazid

Woodlands Wellington are keen in extending their unbeaten run to three games while Courts Young Lions will be looking to showcase their maximum potential and climb the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League table as both sides lock horns at the Woodlands Stadium on Tuesday in a rescheduled tie.

Meetings between the two have thrown up several high-scoring results, including a 5-2 win for Woodlands Wellington last year, but Woodlands’ coach Salim Moin will surely want to avoid a topsy-turvy match and go straight for the kill right from the start.

Goal-scoring responsibilities for the Rams will fall on South Korean strike partners Moon Soon Ho and Chang Jo Yoon with Japanese playmaker Atsushi Shimono providing the necessary ammunition from midfield.

Ever since Salim has taken over the northern side, the Rams have not tasted any defeat, nor conceded any goals.

It all started with a famous 1-0 win over Warriors FC, followed by a goalless draw with Home United.

With both the opponents being title-chasers, the results have prevented the uniformed teams from closing in on league leaders Brunei DPMM, and that has put Woodlands in the limelight.

Woodlands have arguably changed after Salim has taken charged and the team has been excelling in every department of the pitch.

For the Young Lions, their league standings are not a true reflection of their performance on the field. The developmental side possess a hardworking and energetic troop and have given several of the big boys in the league a run for their money.

Leading the pack for Young Lions is starlet Sahil Suhaimi who displayed leadership qualities on the pitch. The diminutive striker has six goals to his name which includes a well-taken goal against reigning champions Tampines Rovers and a peach of a goal against Brunei DPMM.

Key Men To Watch

Woodlands Wellington: Moon Soon Ho

The forward had numerous opportunities to award his side the win against Home United, but failed to find the back of the net.

Against Courts Young Lions, Moon Soon Ho is most likely to bag at least a goal, considering his high-scoring record with the developmental side, as he scored four goals against them last season, including a hat-trick in the 5-2 victory.

Courts Young Lions: Jordan Webb

Being comfortable in playing anywhere across the midfield and even upfront, the Canadian would be looking to link-up with his compatriot, Sherif El-Masri to get into the scoresheet for his side.

He scored in the last game against Albirex Niigata (S) and would be keen in increasing his goal tally of five, in the game against Woodlands Wellington.

Woodlands Wellington – DWLLL

24/6/14   Home United 0-0 Woodlands Wellington

20/6/14   Woodlands Wellington 1-0 Warriors FC

11/6/14   Albirex Niigata (S) 7-1 Woodlands Wellington

7/6/14     Woodlands Wellington 0-2 Tanjong Pagar United

27/5/14   Woodlands Wellington 1-5 Geylang International (RHB Singapore Cup)

Courts Young Lions – LLLDL

22/6/14   Albirex Niigata (S) 4-2 Courts Young Lions

18/6/14   Courts Young Lions 2-3 Brunei DPMM

12/6/14   Tanjong Pagar United 3-0 Courts Young Lions

9/6/14     Courts Young Lions 0-0 Geylang International

23/5/14   Courts Young Lions 1-2 Tampines Rovers

Head to Head (S.League)

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