The development S.League side endured a miserable campaign last season and things have gotten off to a poor start in 2014 after being mauled in their first league outingA 4-0 opening loss certainly wouldn't have been what the Courts Young Lions had in mind when they began their 2014 S.League campaign on Sunday.
More had been expected from Aide Iskandar's side, after they went on a month-long training trip to Turkey in preparation for the new season. Credible results against the likes of Denmark's and Austria's Under-21 sides fuelled further optimism.
But it all went horribly wrong against Balestier Khalsa as they were outfoxed by their more experienced opponents, going down 1-0 within 10 minutes and subsequently conceding three more. The margin of defeat could have been heavier as well, if not for goalkeeper Rudy Khairullah making some good saves and some wasteful finishing from the Tigers.
Having ended last season as cellar dwellers, the majority of Goal Singapore readers believe the same fate will await the Young Lions this season. 47.8% indicated that their inexperience will cost them again and they will finish bottom, with only 17.4% feeling otherwise.
However, it's still early days and 34.8% believe they should be judged later over the course of the season. After all, they did end 2013 strongly and picked up some solid points, with Aide also stating after the loss to Balestier that it will take some time for results to show.
But in the meantime, with league champions Tampines Rovers up next, the Young Lions will have to show improvement sooner rather than later.