Singapore put two past Fiji to record first win under Fandi Ahmad
Goals from Ikhsan Fandi and Hariss Harun ensured Fandi Ahmad got his first win after just two matches in charge of the Lions.
It was Fiji who got off to a better start when debutant Jacob Mahler gave the ball away and Rusiate Matarerega found Roy Krishna in the box, but the Wellington Phoenix forward’s shot was comfortably dealt with by Hassan Sunny.
The Lions settled into their rhythm after the early scare and began to exploit the high Fiji backline with two goals in quick succession.
Ikhsan’s brilliant shot in the ninth minute was pushed out for a corner by goalkeeper Misiwani Nairube and Zulfahmi Arifin curled in the resultant set-piece for Hariss to thump home an unstoppable header.
Almost from the restart, Gabriel Quak’s beautiful ball released Ikhsan down the right and the 19-year-old charged down at goal and rifled home a low shot to make it 2-0 for the home team.
It was Krishna who almost pulled one back for Fiji in the 21st minute when his quick turn away from Irfan put him on sight for goal. With Baihakki Khaizan chasing him down, Krishna still managed to get his shot off, only to see it come off the post.
Fiji tried to change the game by bringing on Abbu Zahid for Matererega with six minutes to the break and the Fijians almost troubled Hassan when Remueru Tekiate’s free-kick was on target.