Singapore 0 Hong Kong 0: Hosts sign off with a draw

Singapore rounded off their Asian Games preparation with a goalless draw against Hong Kong on Tuesday evening, as a game of few chances was compounded by some poor finishing from the home side.

It was Singapore's' final game before leaving for Incheon on Thursday, but despite fielding a strong side with several overage players, the hosts once again started shakily.

Shahdan Sulaiman started in midfield alongside Hariss Harun, while the diminutive Sahil Suhaimi was supported in attack by Fazrul Nawaz and Faris Ramli on the wings and Shafiq Ghani behind him.

Shafiq had the first real sniff at goal for Singapore in the 21st minute, but his speculative shot from 20 yards was poorly hit and trickled out for a goal kick.

It was to set the tone for the rest of the night, as Singapore failed to capitalise on a series of set pieces that were either driven straight at defenders or not really testing Hong Kong goalkeeper Yapp Hung Fai.

Safuwan Baharudin wasted Singapore's best chance of the first half, getting good solid contact on a Shahdan free kick five minutes before the half, but failing to keep his header down.

Aide Iskandar was standing in for an ill head coach Bernd Stange once again, and he made one change during the halftime break, sending on M Anumanthan for an ineffective Shafiq.

Spurned opportunities were the order of the night once again though, as first Hariss and then Sahil failed to find the target despite getting in sight of goal.

Hong Kong were also looking more dangerous in this half, with Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny rushing out of his area to foil Christian Annan, before Kwok Kin Pong almost broke the deadlock.

The Hong Kong substitute caught the Singapore defence napping in the 60th minute, stealing past Al-Qaasimy Rahman and catching Hassan out of position with a glorious header that seemed to float in the air for an eternity before bouncing off the stanchion.

That was as close as either side got though, with Baihakki Khaizan flashing a header just wide of the near post before Hassan clawed away yet another Annan effort at the other end.

Hong Kong's Bai He required lengthy medical attention after coming off the worst in a collision with Hassan as the minutes ticked down, with the game petering out into a draw despite the best efforts of fleet-footed Singapore subsitute Suria Prakash.

Photo: Weixiang Lim