Analysis

AFC Cup, Tampines Player Ratings: Amri secures first-up win for the Stags

Singapore international Khairul Amri came off the bench to help ensure Tampines Rovers walked away with victory in their AFC Cup Group G opener. How did the other Stags fare? Here are FFT’s ratings... 

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Izwan Mahbud (Goalkeeper): 6.5

Izwan was left a virtual bystander as Felda United chose to sit back and absorb the pressure.

The goalkeeper was alert enough to come out for the danger balls and communicated well with his teammates.

However, some of his good work was undone when he was caught off his line in the 83rd minute and Fazrul Hazli duly punished him with a shot from distance which looped over the custodian.

Ismadi Mukhtar: 7

Deployed in the right wing-back role, Ismadi did his best to provide Tampines with options down the flanks.

He was hard working all night and kept trying to link up with Ryutaro Megumi. He was also solid in defence and tracked back to cover his defenders whenever they were out of position.

Mustafic Fahrudin: 7

The defence did well all night and Fahrudin was a huge reason why Tampines were largely successful at keeping Izwan free of danger.

The veteran stuck to his lines well and used his experience to put in vital challenges, which prevented Felda from making any successful counter-attacks.

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Daniel Bennett: 7

Played alongside Fahrudin in defence and he did what was required of him.

Bennett also tried to launch a few counter-attacking balls from inside his half and had a decent success rate of finding his teammates.

Madhu Mohana: 7

The youngest centre-back in the three-man defence used by Tampines, Madhu made sure he used his pace and energy to cover his defensive partners when needed.

The Tampines captain also did well to switch positions with his wing-backs and provided some overlapping runs. However, there were a few occasions where he could have tracked back a bit quicker.

Irwan Shah: 6.5

Irwan was played in the left wing-back position and did decently defensively.

But offensively, Irwan could have contributed more and put in more accurate crosses.

Son Yong Chan: 7

Son tried to make things happen from central midfield and caught the eye with his neat flicks and passes.

His work-rate was evident and it showed when he sprinted into the box to meet Raspreet Sandhu’s cross and head in the opener.

Ryutaro Megumi: 6.5

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Ryutaro made a fine start to the game when his pinpoint cross from from the left found Mustafic Fahrudin.

He continued to work hard and ran into spaces whenever possible, but could not deliver a proper final ball until his assist for Khairul Amri in the 83rd minute.

It was a decent performance from the Japanese but he will expect to have a bigger impact in future games.

Raspreet Sandhu: 6

The American was a surprise starter ahead of Khairul Amri and it will be fair to say Raspreet could have done better in his debut.

The forward was perhaps nervous in his first official outing for the Stags as he made a few turnovers and did not link up as well as he should have with his teammates.

But to his credit he kept his head up and continued trying to make things happen. He was eventually rewarded for his efforts after breaking free down the left and providing a good cross which Son converted for Tampines’ opening goal.

Yasir Hanapi: 5.5

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Yasir will not have been happy with his display on Tuesday. He is known for his work rate and he did not disappoint in that aspect at least.

But the midfielder was unable to impose his authority in midfield and did not manage to make as many charges down the middle as one would have expected.

His final ball was oddly lacking as well and was a reason why the Stags failed to threaten Felda as much as they would have liked.

Yasir was taken off after 75 minutes of play.

Ivan Dzoni: 6

Much was expected of the striker but Dzoni failed to make much of an impact.

He did not manage to pull off most of his one-two plays and blasted wide from close range once in the first half.

He did work his socks off and perhaps that was the reason defenders failed to mark his replacement Khairul Amri later on and allowed Tampines to score their second goal.