Tampines Player Ratings: Stags flounder in Philippines
Izwan Mahbud 4
Three shots on target in the first half, three goals conceded. Perhaps there is nothing much he could do for the first and third, but surely, he has to shoulder much of the blame for the second which he paid the price for after his rush of blood to the head.
Was left exposed for Ceres’ two remaining goals, which rounded off a night to forget for the Stags custodian.
Madhu Mohana 5
Caught on possession as early as in the seventh minute, which was not the best of starts for the Stags skipper.
He was not tight enough on a few occasions and criminally switched off for the fifth goal when the Ceres player nearest to him poked home.
Had two good chances to score and should have done better to convert.
Mustafic Fahrudin 4.5
A torrid night for the long-serving Stags servant, who started off missing a gilt-edged opportunity from Yasir Hanapi’s corner, before seeing the ball ricochet off him inadvertently to set up Ceres’ second goal.
Was eventually subbed before half time as Rabb opted to change his side’s tactics.
Daniel Bennett 4
Bennett has been an outstanding performer for the past year, but this is a game which truly exposed his deficiencies – in particular, a lack of pace.
The 39-year-old was simply unable to keep up with the younger Ceres attackers and second-best in the 50-50 situations.
Should have done better to communicate with Mustafic in the build-up to the second goal.
Ismadi Mukhtar 3.5
A night where everything went wrong for the seasoned campaigner.
The right wing-back’s poor clearance led to Ceres scoring the opener after just 30 seconds and he fell asleep in a key defensive situation to allow Jeffrey Christiaens to set up the fifth and final goal. Enough said.
Son Yong Chan 5
It was an unhappy return to his old stomping ground as the South Korean defensive midfielder could only watch in awe after his former team-mates ran rings around him.
Tried to get the game going with a few simple passes to the flanks, but that was all he mustered all night.
Yasir Hanapi 6
Worked his socks off in the middle of the park but was unable to inspire his team going forward.
The positive was that most of his set-pieces were threatening and he could easily have accumulated an assist if the players at the end of those were more clinical.
Irwan Shah 5.5
Did not do much in his left wing-back role and was forced back most of the time.
When he did go on a rare attacking foray, his delivery left much to be desired.
Ryutaro Megumi 6.5
One of the few players who emerged from this game with any credit.
The electric Japanese winger worked tirelessly down the right and put in a few teasing balls for his attacking cast.
Had the Stags’ best chance of the night when released through on goal by Amri and perhaps should have done better to convert.
Khairul Amri 6
Was a subdued figure until almost half-time where he nearly turned home Yasir’s corner.
Did fine in the second half, firing a shot on target and created two good chances which Megumi and Madhu failed to finish off before coming off on 72 minutes.
Ivan Dzoni 5
Shunted to the flanks to accommodate Amri’s return to the starting 11, the former Croatian Under-17 captain was a peripheral figure in the opening 30 minutes.
Was on the end of an excellent opening late in the first half, but took too long to pull the trigger.
Played up top with Amri in the second half, but was ineffective and eventually replaced on 76 minutes.