Young Lions stun Woodlands to claim third victory

Courts Young Lions claimed only their third win of the 2014 S.League campaign after claiming a shock 3-1 win over Woodlands Wellington on Tuesday evening.

It was the Rams who entered the clash at the Woodlands Stadium as favourites given they had gone unbeaten in their last two outings against Warriors FC and Home United, sparking talk of a revival under new coach Salim Moin.

Meanwhile, the Young Lions had suffered defeats in their previous three matches but started brightly and edged ahead a minute before the half-hour mark; Sahil Suhaimi meeting Iqbal Hussain’s right-wing cross with an acrobatic volley into the bottom corner.

Jordan Webb then made it 2-0 in the 74th minute with a fine solo effort as he found space down the left and burst past both Farouq Farkhan and Walid Lounis, before firing away a shot that squirmed under Ahmadulhaq Che Omar and over the line.

The contest was effectively over eight minutes later when the visitors added a third, after substitute Sherif El-Masri cut onto his left foot on the edge of the box and curled a lovely effort into the far corner.

Woodlands did manage to pull one back in injury-time when Chang Jo-yoon scored from the penalty spot but it proved to be a mere consolation, as Young Lions went on to claim a deserving victory.

Woodlands Wellington: Ahmadulhaq Che Omar, Walid Lounis, Bah Mamadou, Milos Jevtic, Fadhil Noh, Atsushi Shimono, Sobrie Mazelan (Armanizam Dolah 81’), Rosman Sulaiman, Goh Swee Swee (Farouq Farkhan 58’), Moon Soon-ho, Chang Jo-yoon.

Courts Young Lions: Rudy Khairullah, Fadli Kamis, M. Anumanthan, Amirul Adli, Al-Qaasimy Rahman, Shameer Aziq (Sherif El-Masri 65’), Nur Na’iim Ishak (Ammirul Emmran 87’), Afiq Noor (Sheikh Abdul Hadi 89’), Iqbal Hussain, Jordan Webb, Sahil Suhaimi.

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