Singapore Premier League • October 27, 2015

Syazwan Wants Young Lions To Translate Performances Into Points


Written by: Shawn Lim

Courts Young Lions vs Harimau Muda

(Tuesday, 27 October, 7.30pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)

The last Causeway derby of the season will take place on Tuesday night when Courts Young Lions welcome Harimau Muda to Jalan Besar Stadium.

Both developmental sides have shared bragging rights so far this season, with the Young Tigers winning the first Causeway Derby and the Young Lions taking home all three points in the second match.

Young Lions custodian Syazwan Buhari has called on his teammates to not let their emotions get the better of them and to stick to the game plan when the two sides meet.

“Like every game where it’s SIngapore vs Malaysia, it will be intense because both teams want to get a win and bounce back from defeats in our last game,” the 23-year-old told the official S.League website.

“Tempers do flare easily whenever we meet, so it is very important that we keep our heads cool so that we can have 11 players on the field to stick to the game plan.”

Both teams will also come into this game on equal footing having only won one game in their past five Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League matches.

Syazwan praised his team for putting up good performances in the games they lost narrowly, but revealed his teammates’ frustration at not getting the three points.

“It’s always a positive sign when we get people coming up to us and telling us they enjoy the football we are playing now,” said the Young Lions captain.

“But at the end of the day, we as players want more than that. We want to get a good result because it will be good for our confidence.

“We do not want know that we have performed well after every match, but get only one point instead of three.”

As for the Young Tigers, they saw their two-game unbeaten run at home come to an abrupt halt after losing to Brunei DPMM.

However, Razip Ismail’s charges know that they have quality to beat any team on any given day after positive results against bigger clubs like Geylang International, Balestier Khalsa and Albirex Niigata (S) in their past five games.

An added incentive for the Malaysians to get all three points is to prevent the Young Lions from leapfrogging them into seventh place and seeing themselves slide into the bottom three.

Suspension: Amirul Hisyam (Harimau Muda)

Key Men To Watch

Courts Young Lions: Jordan Webb

The Canadian-born winger is unstoppable when at his best, but also has the tendency to wear his emotions on his sleeves.

Webb will have to keep his temper in check in the derby as the Young Lions depend on him for his creativity and playmaking skills.

Harimau Muda: Kenny Pallraj

Another player who has trouble controlling his temper, the versatile player will have to remember that three points is at stake when facing the Young Lions.

Having already received two red cards this season, Pallraj will be keen to avoid another early shower again.

Courts Young Lions – LDLWL

19/10/15  Balestier Khalsa 1-0 Courts Young Lions

16/10/15  Courts Young Lions 2-1 Warriors FC

04/10/15  Courts Young Lions 2-3 Geylang International (S.League)

01/10/15  Hougang United 2-2 Courts Young Lions (S.League)

27/09/15  Courts Young Lions 1-3 Tampines Rovers (S.League)

Harimau Muda – DLWDL

23/10/15  Harimau Muda 0-2 Brunei DPMM (S.League)

19/10/15  Harimau Muda 1-1 Albirex Niigata (S) (S.League)

16/10/15  Harimau Muda 2-0 Geylang International (S.League)

27/09/15  Harimau Muda 0-2 Balestier Khalsa (S.League)

22/09/15  Balestier Khalsa 0-0 Harimau Muda (S.League)

Head To Head (S.League)

03/08/15  Harimau Muda 2-3 Courts Young Lions

10/04/15  Courts Young Lions 0-1 Harimau Muda

03/08/14  Courts Young Lions 0-0 Harimau Muda

20/04/14  Harimau Muda 2-3 Courts Young Lions

27/10/13  Harimau Muda 0-3 Courts Young Lions