Young Lions ready to end season on a high

Courts Young Lions coach Robin Chitrakar reveals his side are raring to end the Great Eastern-YEO's S.League season with a win against Home United on Thursday.

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By Gabriel Tan

Young Lions, who are currently 10th in the 13-team competition, have had a difficult season with complications arising from their poor player attendance due to National Services issues.

Nonetheless, they have recorded a couple of impressive results along the way, including victories over third-placed Harimau Muda and newly-crowned RHB Singapore Cup champions SAFFC, and Chitrakar is optimistic his side can repeat the feat at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Thursday.

"We're definitely looking forward to Thursday's game," he told exclusively.

"There's still points to play for and, as we have been doing all season, we will be entering the game looking to win it."

Chitrakar's charges threw away a two-goal lead in their last game to draw 2-2 with Albirex Niigata, but they played some of their best football of the season in that game.

And the ex-Singapore international believes a repeat of that performance would stand them in good stead against the Protectors, which is something he believes is vital for the confidence of his young players, even in the final game of the campaign.

"I think if we keep our level of performance from the game against Albirex, we will be capable of giving Home a problem," Chitrakar added.

"It's very important that we get a good result on Thursday. If we can pick up three points against a big team like Home, it would be a huge confidence boost to the boys.

"They are all raring to go one final time this season and they are very eager to perform and show what they are capable of."

The last time both sides met at Bishan Stadium, the Protectors turned out 3-1 victors courtesy of a brace from Frederic Mendy and a Firdaus Idros strike, while Young Lions scored through Jonathan Toto, who is expected to lead the line again on Thursday.

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