Young Lions still winless after Warriors draw

Courts Young Lions are still looking for their first win in the 2013 Great Eastern-YEO's S.League season after playing out a 0-0 draw with Warriors FC on Saturday.

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Gabriel Tan

By Gabriel Tan

Entering the game at the Jalan Besar Stadium with just two points from their opening 16 games, the Young Lions started the game brightly and looked the more dangerous of the two sides in the early exchanges.

Sahil Suhaimi, in particular, was a constant threat in the attacking third and caused plenty of problems for the opposition backline, but it was the Warriors who carved out the first real chance in the 21st minute; Shi Jiayi pouncing on a weak punch by Syazwan Buhari and unleashing a volley that sailed just over.

Six minutes before the break, Sahil drew a fine save from Hassan Sunny with a snapshot from the edge of the box, before releasing Sherif El-Masri with a brilliant ball in the 44th minute, only for the Canadian winger to fire straight at the opposition goalkeeper.

As the game wore on, the Young Lions continued to look likelier to break the deadlock, and Sahil once again called Hassan into action in the 77th minute, but the Singapore international did well to prevent his blistering effort from ending up in the bottom corner.

And in injury-time, Sahil had one final chance to hand the three points to his side when the ball fell his way on the edge of the box, which he met with another firm effort, but Hassan was not to be beaten and produced a flying save to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Courts Young Lions: Syazwan Buhari, Al-Qaasimy Rahman, Raihan Rahman, Afiq Yunos, Farhan Rahmat (Tajeli Salamat 70'), M. Anumanthan, Afiq Noor, Sherif El-Masri, Sahil Suhaimi, Stanely Ng (Nur Ridho 65'), Iqbal Hussain (Ignatius Ang 86').

Warriors FC: Hassan Sunny, Abdil Qaiyyim, Daniel Bennett, Marin Vidosevic, Jeremy Chiang, Kazuyuki Toda, Shi Jiayi (Erwan Gunawan 52'), Shimpei Sakurada (Shukor Zailan 79'), Tatsuro Inui, Sufian Anuar (Hafsyar Farkhan 65'), Mislav Karoglan.

Image courtesy of VOXSPORTS (Darren Ho)



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