The Malaysians struck twice early at the start of both halves to condemn their opponents to 18 games without a win despite having a man sent off before half-time
The Malaysians pounced within the opening minute of each half to strike twice and the league’s bottom side never recovered despite clawing back a consolation, losing 2-1 against a side who played with 10 men after 38 minutes.
The hosts got off to a disastrous start when they fell behind after one minute of play from a freekick near the left touchline conceded by M. Anumanthan, who was called up to the latest Singapore national team on Tuesday.
Centreback Syazwan Tajudin hit a low cross that skidded past Young Lions custodian Syazwan Buhari, who was distracted by Syafwan Syahlan’s run in front of him; the latter was credited with the goal.
Sahil Suhaimi responded with a swerving effort that narrowly cleared the bar five minutes later, with Young Tigers goalkeeper Hafizul Hakim then doing well to block a near-post flick from Afiq Yunos at a corner.
Aide Iskandar made an early change as he brought on Fareez Farhan for Nur Ridho, just as Syawal Nordin nodded a freekick straight at a relieved Syazwan in the 32nd minute.
The visitors went down to 10 men in the 38th minute when Ridzuan Abdunloh reacted angrily to a hard challenge from Al-Qaasimy Rahman with a silly shove on the Young Lions right-back, leaving referee Muhd Taqi with no choice but to send the winger off.
Sherif El-Masri drove a left-footed attempt inches wide as half-time approached and the Young Lions were yet again dealt an early blow when play resumed after the break.
Barely 30 seconds into the second half, Hanif Dzahir smashed a 30-yard strike that crashed off the bar before hitting Syazwan and going over the line to put them 2-0 up.
Hafizul made a superb fingertip save to tip over Sahil’s rasping 25-yard drive in the 52nd minute as the Young Lions sought a way back into the game, before Iqbal Hussain poorly headed the resultant corner over from an unmarked position.
It took them 73 minutes to make their one-man advantage pay off, the towering Afiq looping a header off a deep cross to pull one back.
Fareez then set up Sahil for a good chance in the 81st minute but the striker dragged a poor effort wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.
That was to prove their best opportunity to salvage a point as Razip Ismail’s charges held on to record the win and prolong the Young Lions’ winless streak to 18 games.