Lions XII may have lost their final game, but the Singaporean outfit showed that there's plenty of fight in the side, as they served up an exciting game of attacking football.Despite finishing second in their inaugural season in the Malaysian Super League, the Lions XII ended the season on a sour note, losing their final home game against Johor FC by a solitary goal.
The Lions XII dominated possession and created a whole host of chances, but were unable to find that cutting edge in the final third.
"We just lacked that bit of luck, to get that ball in the back of the next," said playmaker Shahdan Sulaiman ruefully.
The attacking midfielder had been influential all season, mostly with his pinpoint deliveries from set-pieces.
"I try and adapt to the different positions," he said with a humble smile on his versatility on the pitch.
"It's up to the coach play me where he deems best, so I just try and play to my potential."
Goalkeeper Hyrulnizam Juma'at expressed his disappointment for letting the fans down on the final day when a victory was anticipated.
"We really wanted to win this for the fans," he said, his usually cheerful demeanor visibly muted.
The generally reliable keeper was left wrong-footed after Shahrizal's shot took a wicked deflection off Sev'ki Shaban and watched helplessly as the ball bounced past him into goal.
"My first touch of the ball was picking it out of the back of the net," he murmured.
"We tried our best, but I feel that we've let the fans down by not winning"
"We really wanted a happy ending," said Baihakki Khaizan.
"But it wasn't to be, that's football for you."
The towering center-half spent much of the second half in the opposite end of the pitch, hoping to capitalize on the multitude of crosses that were being played in from both wings.
"We were creating chance after chance, but we just couldn't score," said Baihakki.
"Even the defender marking me told me 'I really think that you guys won't be able to score today'."
"I tried my best," said Sufian Anuar on his performance.
"We will come back stronger for the Malaysia Cup. We want to go far, so we'll be prepared."