Young Lions eager to get back on track

Garena Young Lions midfielder Ammirul Emmran believes the team is hungry for a result to get back on track in the S.League.

Written by: Nigel Chin

Garena Young Lions vs Brunei DPMM

(Sunday, 19 June, 8pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)

The Young Lions had their three-game unbeaten run in the league stopped in cruel fashion earlier this week as they fell to a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Tampines Rovers.

The firepower of established professionals such as Fazrul Nawaz, Billy Mehmet, Jordan Webb and Jermaine Pennant proved too hard to stop for the young developmental side.

However, instead of dwelling on that result, the Young Lions are eager to earn a result against Brunei DPMM on Sunday, midfielder Ammirul Emmran said.

“Basically, we felt very down [after the game] because we let in two easy goals for them… but we have to look forward to game against DPMM and forget about that result,” the 21-year-old said.

“After that defeat, everyone is extra motivated to do better not only in training, but also in the game. Hopefully, we can do well on Sunday and bounce back with a result.”

The task is seemingly a tough one though. When both sides met for the first time back in April, the Young Lions were handed a 4-1 defeat in Brunei.

Maududi Hilmi, Rafael Ramazotti and Paulo Sergio all found the net for the Bruneians, with Amirul Adli scoring an unfortunate own goal too. Forward Fareez Farhan scored the consolation for the Young Lions.

DPMM’s fortunes may have changed since then, with Steve Kean’s men lying in sixth spot and have little chance of getting back into the title race.

Still, Ammirul believes that they cannot take the defending champions’ recent poor form for granted.

“Brunei is still a strong team. They have good, experienced players and we will be expecting a tough match,” he assessed.

“We will do our best to give a good fight. We don’t expect an easy game… they will pressure us and I know we will have to defend quite a bit.”

Ammirul also admitted that they have been working on their defending for quite some time now as it is “one of our weaknesses”, and he called for them to get the job done on Sunday.

“The past few weeks we have been training on defending a lot. It’s now up to us to put it in the game.”