Sarawak midfield hardman Junior Eldstal impressed fans and pundits alike with his all round display against the Young Lions
|MAN OF THE MATCH
Malaysia U23 1-0 Singapore U23
However, Kim Swee's charges epitomized the spirit of the Malayan Tigers to rise above all obstacles against bitter rivals, Singapore.
Junior Eldstal displayed his vast array of skills against Sundram's boys; anchoring the defensive back-line with steely determination whilst providing effective attacking support.
The Sabah born defensive midfielder kept the Malaysian midfield engine ticking alongside the elegant playmaker Irfan Fazail.
Eldstal rattled Singapore's crossbar in the first half with his crashing long range drive much to the relief of the hapless Syazwan Buhari. Kim Swee's charges upped the ante in the second half and there are no prizes for guessing the player central to the revival.
The former Aldershot Town FC player rose highest to head down a high pass and created Thamil Arasu's goal in the 46th minute.
As Wan Zack huffed and puffed to find his inspirational form, Eldstal stepped up with piercing runs through the middle switching duties seamlessly with Irfan Fazail. His clever movement drew the Singapore defenders out of position and created more space for his teammates.
All in all, the hard fought victory over the Young Lions highlighted the fact that the Eldstal - Irfan partnership could very well be integral in Ong Kim Swee's plans to retain the SEA Games in Myanmar later this year.