thumbnail Hello,


  • July 5, 2013
  • • 19:30
  • • Jurong East Stadium, Singapore
  • Referee: W. Ravisanthiran

Syazwan stars as Young Lions peg back White Swans

Syazwan stars as Young Lions peg back White Swans


The goalkeeper put in an inspired display to deny the Japanese side three points as the visitors dealt their second-placed hosts a blow to their title ambitions

The Courts Young Lions picked up only their second point of the 2013 S.League after they held Albirex Niigata to a 1-1 draw at the Jurong East Stadium on Friday evening.
Young Lions goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari put in a man-of-the-match performance to deny the Japanese side what appeared to be an easy three-pointer.
After a week's break from the S-League, both sides were evidently slow to get their game going. Albirex certainly did not lose their possession game and were so patient in their play it was almost walking pace in the first half.
Koichi Sugiyama’s side knew it was a matter of time before they broke down the Young Lions defence, which had conceded a whopping league-high of 33 goals in just 14 games.
But the Japanese were given a rude shock in the 17th minute when against the run of play, Aide Iskandar’s side stunned the home crowd with a good finish by midfielder Sherif El-Masri.
The White Swans were forced to turn up their gear and were almost rewarded in the 36th minute.
Albirex dangerman Bruno Castanhreira rampaged down the right and cut the ball back for Shingo Suzuki, whose goal-bound effort was tipped away brilliantly by Syazwan.
But they didn’t have to wait long for the equaliser as the subsequent corner found Castanhreira, who was brought down in the box; up stepped Suzuki from the spot to put his side on level terms.
With momentum back on the home side, Albirex had their tails up after the break and the Japanese were spoiled for chances in the second half.

But they found Syazwan in inspired form.
It could have easily been a goal fest and an embarrassing scoreline for the Young Lions if not for the 21-year-old’s heroics in goal.
The Syazwan show started five minutes after the break when a mistake by Young Lions captain Raihan Rahman played Kazuki Sakamoto through. However, Syazwan was quick off his line to thwart the 23-year-old’s effort.
The Young Lions had their own chance a few minutes later when El-Masri found space for a shot outside the area, but his attempt could only find the arms of Hiroaki Hara.
The Japanese onslaught continued but so did Syazwan’s heroics. His defence was once again breached in the 72nd minute when Castanhreira found himself through on goal but the Young Lions goalkeeper saved his side once again.
It was waves after waves of White Swans attacks and the last chance fell to Kento Fukuda after he was found in the box from a cross. The defender’s header looked to be creeping into the bottom corner but Syazwan proved to be in invincible form as he pulled off the save to help his team to a share of the spoils.