Singapore Premier League • June 4, 2018

Yasir Hanapi stars with brace as Tampines beat Young Lions again


The midfielder helped the Stags win 3-1 as the visitors fell for the second time in five days

Yasir Hanapi scored his first league goals of the season.

SINGAPORE, 3 JUNE 2018 – Tampines Rovers FC inflicted misery on Young Lions for the second time in a week after running out 3-1 victors at Our Tampines Hub on Sunday night.

The Stags trounced Young Lions 4-0 on Wednesday night in a Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League (SPL) clash and goals from Yasir Hanapi and Khairul Amri ensured they reaped three points again, despite Ikhsan Fandi reducing the deficit for the visitors.

The Young Lions threatened first after 10 minutes, with Hami Syahin’s inch-perfect cross finding Haiqal Pashia in the danger area but the latter’s woeful first touch meant the chance went begging.

The hosts then began to settle into the game as Yasir first tested Hairul Syirhan from distance, while Ryutaro Megumi was similarly denied.

But the Stags were relentless and took the lead in the 19th minute, with Yasir on hand to meet Fahrudin Mustafic’s delightful inswinging cross and head it beyond the reach of Hairul.

It was soon 2-0 to the hosts in the 27th minute, after Joshua Pereira lost possession and allowed Tampines to break away. Fazrul Nawaz cleverly drew out several bodies before laying the ball on for an unmarked Yasir to calmly stroke in his second goal of the night.

Undeterred, the Young Lions pulled one back four minutes later. Irfan Fandi’s header was parried by Syazwan Buhari, but the rebound was tucked away by his brother Ikhsan for his fourth goal in five games.

It could have been a stunning turnaround for the Young Lions moments later, after Daniel Bennett fouled Irfan and allowed Rusyaidi Salime a go from the edge of the box but his free-kick swung just over the bar.

Fazrul then clipped the bar with his volley just before half-time and his side were still in control after the break, never looking in danger of throwing away the lead.

They should have scored on the hour mark when Hairul parried Yasir’s cross-shot towards Madhu Mohana, but Irfan made a vital goal-line clearance to hack clear the defender’s attempt.

The third goal finally came in injury time, with Webb making his way to the byline before finding Amri, who made no mistake from close range to place the icing on the cake.

The Young Lions’ busy schedule continue as they face Home United FC in three days’ time on 6 June at Bishan Stadium, while Tampines will have six days to recover before they take on win-less Hougang United FC at Hougang Stadium on 9 June.

Tampines Head Coach Juergen Raab: “I knew it would be a totally new match after the great win on Wednesday. So I expected a very aggressive team and the Young Lions did this, they were brave and put high pressure on us. But I think we managed well, we were prepared and we created nice goals.

“This goal from Young Lions was a little knock for us because we controlled everything. We were more fresh, we had more power and we scored the third goal. I am very satisfied with the performance; the team were very calm… now we are in a great position, so it’s nice for us.”

Young Lions Head Coach Fandi Ahmad: “I am happy with our performance, today we worked very hard until the last 90th-minute goal. Second half we tried to score goals but they have experienced players and they have many good strikers. I am with my boys, they tried to push and you can see they struggled in the last few minutes. But above all, the plan was good but we are lacking in experience.”

Tampines: Syazwan Buhari (GK), Madhu Mohana (Afiq Yunos 90’+3), Fahrudin Mustafic (C), Amirul Adil, Zulfadhmi Suzliman (Khairul Amri 46’), Ryutaro Megumi, Fazrul Nawaz (Irwan Shah 76’), Jordan Webb, Shameer Aziq, Daniel Bennett, Yasir Hanapi.
Unused subs: Haikal Hasnol (GK), Haziq Razzali, Shah Shahiran, Faizal Raffi.

Young Lions: Hairul Syirhan (GK), Adam Hakeem, Joshua Pereira, Ikhsan Fandi, Syahrul Sazali, Hami Syahin (Asshukrie Wahid 77’), Irfan Fandi, Haiqal Pashia, Rusyaidi Salime (Amirul Hakim 89’), Tafuiq Muqminin (C), Ifwat Ismail (Naufal Azman 71’).
Unused subs: Zharfan Rohaizad (GK), Danial Syafiq, Syed Firdaus Hassan, R. Aaravin.

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