Singapore U22 Player Ratings: A win at last for the battling Lions
ZHARFAN ROHAIZAD 8.0
Fairly comfortable evening for the young goalkeeper as the Laos attackers did not trouble him much. He was busiest when Natphasouk Soukchinda planted a powerful header straight at him for an easy save minutes after half-time. His distribution was also excellent throughout.
SHAHRIN SABERIN 7.5
Prior to the game, there were murmurs that Tardy might opt to use three at the back in order to score goals because Shahrin is typically a centre-back. However, Sharin played the full 90 minutes at right-back and it is safe to say that Laos winger Khochalern Phoutthasay dreaded playing against the defender.
AMIRUL ADLI 7.5
Yet again partnering Irfan Fandi at the back, Amirul showed he is a capable defender. He was always in the right place at the right time and did not make any rash tackles.
IRFAN FANDI 8
Watching Irfan play, you can tell that time at the heart of Home United’s defence has been nothing but influential for him. He read the opponents passes well and made timely interceptions. On top of that, he sure knows how to use his physical presence to the best of his abilities.
RUSYAIDI SALIME 7.5
Like his full-back counterpart Shahrin, Rusyaidi was busy at left-back. He was industrious up and down the left flank with Hanafi Akbar, but did his defensive duties very well too.
MUHELMY SUHAIMI 7.5
Muhelmy was very tidy in midfield on Friday night and once he was in possession of the ball, he quickly launched Singapore into fast, effective counter-attacks.
ADAM SWANDI 7.5
Home United youngster Adam was breaking up play as well as spreading passes like Muhelmy to the Singapore wingers. He kept possession well for his side and clearly helped dominate Singapore’s midfield.
HAMI SYAHIN 8
Hami was the creator-in-chief. Although it might not have worked as effectively in the previous two games, Hami’s passes started plenty of attacks on this occasion. He was the architect of Singapore’s first goal, launching a purposeful through ball for Hanafi to cross.
HANAFI AKBAR 8
One has to wonder why it took three games for Hanafi to start? He had a solid game at left-wing and ran the Laos defence ragged. It was his dangerous cross that led to Singapore’s opener and aside from that, much of the attacking action went through him down the left flank. Although a great first half, he was quieter in the second before being substituted for Haiqal Pashia.
TAUFIK SUPARNO 8
Taufik, like Hanafi, showed that he should be a starter for Richard Tardy. Aside from beating his man, he registered a couple of shots on target. His first shot in the match itself turned out to be the first goal, one he calmly finished from Hanafi’s cross.
IKHSAN FANDI 8.5
Ikshan is a livewire. He makes something out of nothing and always keeps the opposition defenders on their toes, as well as giving them no time to breathe. When he tried to wriggle his way through the Laos defence, he was brought down and he coolly finished his spot-kick. Aside from the goal, he had a couple of chances to add to his goal tally but they were all comfortably saved by the keeper.