PHNOM PENH (30 July 2015) – As Singapore picked up their first full points in Group B of the AFF BIDC Under-16 Championship tonight, hosts Cambodia were handed with some harsh lesson when they fell to a 4-0 loss to Australia at the National Olympic Stadium.
Singapore had fallen to a 3-1 loss to Myanmar in the group opener two days earlier, were a little out of sort at the start of their game against Philippines this afternoon.
And the Philippines who were also looking for their first three points of the competition following their 1-0 loss to Cambodia in their first game, were a lot more confident as they pressed Singapore hard.
It did not take them long to carve out their first goal of the game in the 17th minute when off a Jericho Sinconiegue’s corner, Singapore defender Akram Azman turned the ball into his own net.
But the second half was all Singapore as just nine minutes after the restart, a cross from Muhammad Fikri Junaidi was slotted home by Khairul Hairee Abdul Hamid.
In the 75th minute, Philippines custodian Jessie Semblante’s goal was beaten again when Rezza Rizky Yacobjan blasted in the rebound after Khairul’s earlier attempt was blocked.
And by the time Philippines midfielder Rei Sergio Cordova was given his marching orders following his second yellow card offense, the game was already over as Singapore added two further goals right at the end.
Notwithstanding a missed penalty, Singapore went on to score through Muhammad Sharul Shah Mohd Aslah (89th) and Hidayatul Firdaus Johan (90th).
“Morale was down after the loss in the first match but we regrouped,” said Singapore coach V. Selvaraj. “We did better in this game and we won.”