The Young Lions pulled off a gutsy performance in their last game against nine-time league champions Warriors FC as they came from behind to take a 3-1 lead at one point of the game, before eventually losing 4-3.
Striker Taufik Suparno admitted that the loss was hard to swallow, but believes that the team learned valuable lessons from the game.
“I think we have learnt how to handle pressure. We should be more confident and composed to keep possession,” explained Taufik, who grabbed a brace against Warriors FC last Saturday.
“We also need to learn to continue to play to our strengths even though we’re leading by one or two goals.”
While there is still room for improvement ahead for the Young Lions, Taufik is quietly confident that the developmental side can finally come good against the Eagles.
“I think this might be the best time for us to get the three points. We may have not been doing well, but we can see that we are improving and we are getting better day by day,” said the 21-year-old.
“Geylang lost 4-0 in their last game and I’m sure they want to come back and win, but I feel we are ready.”
Now fully fit and back to his best after sustaining multiple injuries in 2016, Taufik is keen to make up for lost time with the Young Lions and eventually get called up to the National Team.
“It feels really good to score again after so long,” he enthused. “It was not easy for me to regain my confidence on the pitch, and I missed a few chances against Hougang (United) and Balestier (Khalsa).”
“But after the penalty I scored against Warriors, I felt more composed in front of goal. I believe with hard work and determination, I will slowly become better than I was. For now, I still have more to work on.”