Cheetahs defeated in final game of the season

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COURTS YOUNG LIONS 2

Iqbal Hussein 35, Nur Nai’im Ishak 45′

HOUGANG UNITED 0

 

It was a wet evening, and a wet astoturf pitch did affect the game at times. However, the Young Lions came out the victorious side at the final whistle.

It was only the Cubs third win of the season, and only their 14th and 15th goals scored this season, and it could be a confidence booster for the Cubs for the upcoming SEA Games in December.

It was a particularly sombre affair as both teams cancelled out each other, with loose balls often found in the middle of the pitch. The Cheetahs had particularly two great chances to score.

Missing out Igor Cerina at the heart of the defence, plus losing Syaqir Sulaiman early in the first half severely tested the Cheetahs’ defence in the first half.

Mamadou Diallo’s freekick on the 7th minute would have been into the net, if not for Syazwan Buhari’s point blank save. Diallo again had a wonderful chance from Fazly Hasan’s corner kick, but the Guinean headed wide.

Those missed chances proved the be fatal, as the Cubs took the elusive lead on 35 minutes. Iqbal Hussein’s tame shot from outside the box might not look dangerous, but it went past Fadhil Salim and into the net.

Ten minutes later, the Cubs took a two-goal lead at the stroke of half-time. Fadhil Salim initially missed to catch the ball from Sahil Suhaimi’s feet and a goal scramble ensued. Nur Nai’im Ishak pounced on the final rebound and bundle the ball into the net for the two goal lead.

Amin Nasir then decided to introduce Hasree Zais into the defence to shore up the defence. By then, the Young Lions started to play defensively and stop Hougang’s constant attacking thrust.

Liam Shotton then was introduced late into the game, and almost had an instant impact. The 25 year-old managed to get past the defender, before releasing a thunderous shot at a tight angle, however, it rattled the right post.

The Cheetahs ended the game with ten man, with Faizal Amir was cautioned twice by referee Jensen Foo, much to the annoyance of the Hougang fans.

It was the final game for the Cheetahs as they ended the season on 30 points, tied with Harimau Muda, who drew 1-1 with Warriors on the same evening. With their impending game against Courts Young Lions being awarded a 3-0 win for the Cubs, this means the Cheetahs finished on 10th position with a superior goal difference.

HOUGANG UNITED

Fadhil Salim, Syaqir Sulaiman (Fairoz Hasan 35′), Lau Meng Meng, Faizal Amir, Fazly Hasan, Thomas Beattie, Azhar Sairudin, Nurhilmi Jasni, Fazli Jaffar (Hasree Zais 46′), Jerome Baker (Liam Shotton 78′), Mamadou Diallo

COURTS YOUNG LIONS

Syazwan Buhari, Afiq Yunos, Sheikh Abdul Hadi, Al-Qaasimy Rahman, Nicholas Cher, Raihan Rahman, Nur Nai’im Ishak (Muhaymin Salim 89′), Stanely Ng (Fareez Farhan 79′), Iqbal Hussein, Sahil Suhaimi, Samuel Benjamin (Nur Ridho 66′)

 

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