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Shahril Ishak had nodded the Singaporean side ahead at the Jalan Besar Stadium after 11 minutes on Wednesday, only for Alen Guc to equalise in somewhat fortuitous fashion in the 23rd minute.
Five minutes after the hour mark, Shahfiq Ghani curled home a freekick to restore the LIONSXII's advantage but in the second minute of injury-time, Kedah were awarded a penalty when substitute Syafiq Ahmad was hacked down inside the area, allowing Guc to step up and equalise once more.
Although the reigning Super League champions were expected by many to see off Kedah, especially given their excellent home record, Sundramoorthy insists the result is by no means a telling blow to their bid to reach the quarter-finals.
"Basically this is just the start of the campaign," he said. "The boys tried their best and it's not the end of the world.
"We still have five more games to play [in the group stage], we need to go to Sarawak and Perak and come out with something so let's see how we go.
"It's not going to be an easy ride; you only have to look at Kedah to see how decent a team they are. You can't just assume we're going to get points from anybody.
"No doubt I'm disappointed not to get the three points tonight [Tuesday] but we have to move on."
In what turned out be heated affair which saw both sides receive three bookings each, the game threatened the boil over on a number of occasions as the tackles flew in all over the park.
However, the LIONSXII boss was rather pleased with the controlled aggression his side displayed throughout the 90 minutes.
"They did let their emotions get the better of them but that's something that happens," Sundramoorthy added.
"When the game gets heated up, everybody is spirited and trying to put in tackles; that's part of football. For me, the pleasing part is that they never gave up and what more can I ask from them?
"They tried their best. I give credit to the boys and I believe they will be better in the second game.
"There are still five more games so let's give it our best shot and see how far we can progress."
The LIONSXII resume their campaign on Saturday when they visit newly-crowned Premier League champions Sarawak.
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