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SINGAPORE UNDER-19 FALL SHORT AGAINST BAHRAINI COUNTERPARTS

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Wed, 31 Aug 2016

SINGAPORE UNDER-19 FALL SHORT AGAINST BAHRAINI COUNTERPARTS

Despite their best efforts, the Singapore Under-19s went down to a 4-0 defeat to the Bahrain Under-19s in an international friendly at Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Singaporeans limited the visitors to a 1-0 scoreline at half time, but conceded the second goal shortly after the restart.

They then held their own for the majority of the second half, only to be overcome by fatigue towards the end, conceding two late goals.

Singapore Under-19 coach Takuya Inoue acknowledged that his side has plenty to work on before the AFF U19 Championship kicks off in Hanoi in September.

“We're still trying to build up this team," said the Japanese tactician. "There's a big difference – technically, tactically and physically.

“We're trying to play our style; to build from behind, but we made easy mistakes that led to the third and fourth goals.

“Attacking-wise, we should have done better. We did not pass their defensive line many times. We had a few set pieces, but the deliveries were not good enough.”

The Bahrain Under-19s started off well and created a few promising moves, but found Singapore goalkeeper Zharfan Rohaizad in inspired form.

The 19-year-old, who plays for Garena Young Lions in the S.League, pulled off three saves from point-blank range to keep the score level.

The hosts then almost scored against the run of play on 23 minutes when Haiqal Pashia went through on goal.

The National Football Academy (NFA) Under-18 winger attempted to round Bahrain custodian Abdulaziz Alkandari, but was thwarted by the latter.

The Bahrain Under-19s then broke the deadlock three minutes later, with Mohamed Marhoon curling home a stunning 25-yard freekick that gave Zharfan no chance.

There was no further goals for the rest of the first half, but that would change just three minutes into the second period.

The young Lions lost possession in the middle, which led to Bahrain captain Mohamed Hardan seizing the opportunity to lash a sizzling 20-yard drive into the bottom left corner.

Inoue's charges slowly got into gear and created a few good chances, but lone striker Amiruldin Asraf and playmaker Saifullah Akbar was unable to convert them.

The Bahrainis went on to show how it should be done late on. In the 88th minute, Jasim Husain swept home from 10 yards out after being found by a Ahmed Sanad cutback.

A minute later, they rounded off the scoring with Ebrahim Alawi ramming in the rebound after Sanad's deflected shot came off the post.

Bahrain Under-19 coach Abdulaziz Abdo was pleased with the good runout that gave them a third successive win over the Singaporeans.

Both sides had met twice in Manama two months ago, with the Bahrainis triumphing 2-0 and 3-0.

This game, along with another match on Saturday between the same two teams, serves as their preparations for October's AFC U19 Championship, which they will be hosting.

Saturday's rematch will also kick off at 8pm at Choa Chu Kang Stadium. Admission is free.


Singapore Under-19: Zharfan Rohaizad (GK) (Fadly Tamiri 82’), Rusyaidi Salime, Lionel Tan, Shafi Sulaiman (Zulkhair Mustaffa 78’), Shafie Muliantoh, Gareth Low (C), Hami Syahin, Andie Addin (Zulqarnaen Suzliman 60’), Saifullah Akbar (Jordan Chan 68’), Haiqal Pashia (Ariyan Shamsuddin 78’), Amiruldin Asraf (Syukri Bashir 85’)


Bahrain Under-19: Abdulaziz Alkandari (GK), Hamad Alshamsan (Mohamed Jamal 75’), Mohamed Hardan (C), Mohamed Marhoon (Ahmed Sanad 75’), Abdulaziz Rajab (Mohamed Ali 66’), Hasan Alkarrani (Faisal Al Bureshaid 75’), Sayed Mohamed Shubbar (Husain Sabba 66), Faisal Alisa (Ali Yayha 46’), Emad Mohamed (Ebrahim Alawi 46’), Zeyad Khamis (Jasim Husain 46’), Abdulaziz Almarran (Ahmed Bughammar 25’)

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