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Singapore beat Philippines in AFF U19 Championship

(Photo courtesy of AFF)


An impressive win in the competition places the Young Lions in good stead of reaching the knockout stages

Singapore got past the disappointment of their opening round draw with Timor Leste to clinch a well-deserved win against Philippines in the AFF U19 Championships held in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Brazil-based Mahatir Azeman opened the scoring for the Young Lions near the half-hour mark before Jeffrey Lightfoot doubled the tally with a header a minute before the half-time break.

Singapore kept up the pressure in the second-half and managed to grab a third through Hazim Faiz in the 76th minute.

With Singapore 3-0 up past regulation time, Philippines managed to grab a consolation via Nikko Ralph deep into added time.

The win places Singapore in second place, two behind leaders Laos who claimed their second consecutive win with a 3-2 defeat of Cambodia in the day's second fixture.

Singapore U19 team before the match against Philippines U19 (Photo courtesy of AFF)

Singapore coach Dejan Gluscevic speaking after the match added: "It was a great match, our players played very well. We made a rotation within the squad, to make our team stay fresh for the upcoming matches."
"Our substitutions in the second-half cost us, it did not work right and changed our tactical scheme. That's why we conceded a goal."
"In my opinion, Laos is our strongest competitor in Group A. They have quality and good fighting spirit."

Philippines coach Marlon Manos Maro meanwhile said: "Again (like our first match), the immaturity of our defense cost us. They made some mistake especially the anticipation of set piece."
"I tried to make a rotation by putting some new players in this game, but it did not go very well."

Singapore next take on Laos on September 13.