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Courts Young Lions Put in Dominant Performance


New striker Nigel Vanu (left) was a constant nuisance up front. (Photo: SSC File) 


Buoyed by the arrival of their new players, the Courts Young Lions continued their fine form with a 2-0 win over a rather jaded Hougang United.

 

The Courts Young Lions enjoyed the lion’s share of possession as they engaged in some delightful one touch football.

 

Having played a game just 48 hours earlier, Hougang’s lethargy was clearly showing as they struggled to keep up with the Young Lions’ high tempo.

 

The Young Lions’ first noteworthy attempt came in the 41st minute when new signing Nigel Vanu forced a save from Hougang’s custodian Fadhil Salim.

 

It was to be a busy night for the Hougang defence as the second half saw the Young Lions’ attackers bombard the Hougang penalty area.

 

Turning defence to attack in a blink of an eye, Shahdan Sulaiman was on hand to score his first goal for the club in the 56th minute as he converted Nazrul Ahmad Nazari’s cross.

 

Just four minutes later, the Young Lions had the chance to double their lead but Shahdan, Faris Ramli and Nigel Vanu were all guilty of being unable to put the ball in the back of the net.

 

It was all one-way traffic as the Young Lions kept the Cheetahs in their own half with their constant attacks.

 

Without a doubt, new striker Nigel Vanu was a nuisance for the Hougang defence as he turned in an industrious performance. It was also him he who initiated the move that saw the Young Lions finally score the second goal in the 72nd minute to seal the game.

 

Receiving the ball in the centre of the field, Nigel started a mazy run down the left, dragging a bunch of Hougang defenders with him before laying the ball off to Shahdan who in turn layed it off to winger Nazrul who finished with aplomb.

 

It was clear for all to see that the new signings were blending well with the team as Young Lions head coach Robin Chitrakar said after the game, “The new players are blending in well with the team. Shahdan got his debut goal, Nazrul did very well and Nigel put in a good all round performance.”

 

“It was a good result, and I thought the boys dictated the pace of the game,” added Robin Chitrakar.

 

However Hougang head coach Aide Iskandar was not too pleased at the post match press conference as he lamented that this was Hougang’s fifth game in 11 days and that in this circumstance, no team would be able to perform at a top level.

 

“I’m disappointed but I can’t fault the players, but credit must go to the Young Lions who were the hungrier side,” said Aide.

 

The win was the Young Lions’ third in four games and sees them leapfrog Balestier Khalsa into ninth place.