SEA Games Ratings: Singapore fail to protect lead in costly Malaysia loss

How did the Young Lions fare as they fell to a second consecutive defeat at the Games? Deepanraj Ganesan files the player ratings of the Singapore youngsters…

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Zharfan Rohaizad: 6

Unfortunately, the young custodian could do nothing as the howitzer from Nor Azam rocketed past him. Could have come out to be a bigger presence for the second goal instead of staying on his line. 

Irfan Fandi: 6

The captain tried to ensure the Young Lions’ defence was organised and disciplined throughout the 90 minutes, but on the two occasions the backline went to sleep at the back, Irfan and co. were punished. Irfan was also guilty of making a few unnecessary challenges. 

Amirul Adli: 7.5

If a young player is looking to learn what positioning as a defender entails, then he needs to look at what Amirul did today. Guilty of losing track of Myanmar goalscorer Aung Thu during Monday's defeat to the Burmese, Amirul had an absolute stormer of a game here so it was a pity he played for a side that conceded two goals. Amirul's stock definitely rose tonight. 

Syahrul Sazali: 6

Given that most of Malaysia's attack came through the flank that he was defending, Syahrul did well here to thwart the Tigers' winged threat. Perhaps it is an instruction from coach Richard Tardy but Syahrul and his fellow fullback were reluctant to aid the attack – the only facet of his game missing tonight.

Rusyaidi Salime: 6

An improved performance from the first game but like Syahrul, Rusyaidi was not too forthcoming in bombing forward. Did stick to his defensive responsibilities well.  

Ilyas Lee: 5.5

Ordered to be the midfield destroyer, Illyas enjoyed a good first half but lost his way in the second as Malaysia enjoyed possession. While he is a genuine ball winner, Illyas must do better when in possession.

Hami Syahin: 6

One thing about the diminutive midfield player is his bravery to always demand the ball from his teammates. He took on the Malaysians when he had the ball and it is obvious he is blessed with supreme technical ability, plucking the ball out of the air with a mesmerising first touch in the first half. Did, however, hold onto possession too long a number of times.

Muhelmy Suhaimi: 7

A surprise starter in place of Joshua Perreira, Mulhelmy was a much needed figure of calmness in the middle of the park, complementing the tenacious style of central midfield partner Ilyas. Mulhelmy was also not afraid to get stuck in when needed and he must be happy with his Games debut. 

Muhaimin Suhaimi: 5

Helped out his fullback well, especially in the first half when the Tigers looked threatening down the flank. But as an attacking winger, you're judged on what you do at the final third of the pitch and it was a pity that in that aspect, Muhaimin produced close to nothing of note. 

Amiruldin Asraf: 6.5

Replaced Haiqal Pashia in the starting 11 and vindicated coach Richard Tardy's decision with an absolutely sublime long-range strike to hand the Young Lions a surprise lead in the first half. But besides his moment of genius, Amiruldin was quiet and on certain occasions, made rash decisions when on the ball. 

Ikhsan Fandi: 6

Led the line tirelessly once again but just as against Myanmar, Ikhsan was given very little service to feed on. He did use his physical prowess well to help the Young Lions keep possession sometimes but he must wish that he had a bonafide playmaker behind him.