Malaysia women's football team showed that they are on the right track for the AFF Cup with a convincing 5-1 victory over Singapore at the Bukit Gombak Stadium yesterday.
The first warning was fired by the visitors in the 12th minute when Lovelytha's header inside the six-yard box rocked the woodwork with Singapore goalkeeper Noor Kusumawati stranded in goal.
15 minutes later, the powerful striker opened the scoring as she won the duel for a loose ball between her and Kusumawati, before rolling the ball home despite the attention of a Singapore defender.
Singapore then leveled matters on 36 minutes.
Key forward Noor Fatin Afiqah capitalised on a mistake by a Malaysian defender to side-foot past goalkeeper Nurizwani with the latter managing to get a slight touch.
The Malaysians had the better end to the half, however, Lovelytha shooting just wide from a tight angle and right back Shereilynn Elly Pius's cross cum shot grazing the post.
A 1-1 scoreline meant the hosts stood a good chance of a shock win but that hope quickly evaporated within minutes of the restart.
A minute into the second-half, Lovelytha exploited a loophole in the Lionesses' defence and calmly chipped the ball over the advancing Kusumawati.
Barely a minute later, forward Jaciah took advantage of the home side's hesitation in clearing the ball again to slot the ball home from inside the six-yard box.
The Malaysians' class - faster movement and controlling of the play - meant they dominated the rest of the half, created many nervy moments in front of the Singapore goal and duly grabbed another two goals.
A defensive mistake on 75 minutes saw forward Haindee stealing in before playing an unselfish slide-rule pass to fellow substitute Suriani Salim to gleefully tap into an empty net.
The rout was completed four minutes later when Haindee re-acted the fastest to a loose ball and pushed it into an open goal.