The Garena Young Lions put up a strong performance in a 2-0 loss against Hougang United FC at Hougang Stadium on Saturday night. The tenacious Young Lions did well in the first half, restricting the home side to mostly taking shots from long range.
Fareez Farhan took a shot from the edge of the box on ten minutes, but his snapshot was turned around the post with a save by the Young Lions custodian Hairul Syirhan. The forward eventually broke the deadlock at the stroke of half time.
The Young Lions came out in the second half looking to restore parity and fashioned two opportunities, but striker Taufik Suparno was unable to beat Hougang goalkeeper Khairulhin Khalid on both occasions.
At the other end, Hougang continued on to push forward for the second goal and eventually got it on the 63rd minute with a free kick from Japanese playmaker Fumiya Kogure.
Garena Young Lions Head Coach V. Selvaraj was pleased with the Young Lions’ performance in the first half: “Everything was going according to plan until the first goal; for 44 minutes, we were playing and defending together. My goalkeeper did not have much to do in the first half, we were pressing and doing well towards the last 20 minutes of the first half.
“That goal came because we were attacking and failed to get numbers back in defence. It’s a mark of an experienced team taking advantage of our inexperience.”
He added that the boys made fewer mistakes than the last two games, but also acknowledged that they still had work to do to further improve for future games.
Garena Young Lions: Hairul Syirhan (GK), Amirul Adli, Shahrin Saberin (C), Ammirul Emmran (Muhelmy Suhaimi 70’), Ryan Syaffiq (Zulqarnaen Suzliman 61’), Taufik Suparno, Syahrul Sazali, Hami Syahin, Dhukhilan Jeevamani (Shafeeq Faruk 78’), Muhaimin Suhaimi, Rusyaidi Salime