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Young Lions still showing no bite

April 1, 2011 - 2:42pm





That's how some of the 829 fans at the Clementi Stadium last night might choose to describe the Courts Young Lions side.

Against a Tanjong Pagar team formed only three months ago and largely made up of youngsters with no S-League experience before this season, the Young Lions simply had no bite.

Skipper Hariss Harun was clearly frustrated with the 0-0 result when approached by The New Paper after the final whistle.

When asked what his team's problem was, he said: "I don't need to tell you. You saw the match. You tell me what the problem was."

It's the same problem which plagued the Singapore Under-23 side (comprised mostly of Young Lions) against Yemen in the Olympic qualifiers earlier this month.

The same problem they had against Albirex Niigata during their 5-0 drubbing on Saturday.

The Young Lions seem to have forgotten how to find the net.

After a sluggish first half bereft of chances for either side, the Young Lions came out hungrier in the second period.

Yet, for all their efforts, they could not force opposition goalkeeper Ridhaun Barudin into more than one good save.

Young Lions forward Shahfiq Ghani (in white) fails to find the net against Tanjong Pagar. He was substituted in the 65th minute. TNP PICTURE: CHOO CHWEE HUA

Weak effort

Crosses from winger Faris Ramli were aplenty, but always high and never connecting with his teammates in the box.

Defender Afiq Yunos won several headers from numerous corners, but only one weak effort was on target.

When Faris finally found space in the box, cutting in from the left, his right-footed shot blazed over the bar.

Hariss declined to say if the team’s morale has been affected by its poor results of late.

Said coach Robin Chitrakar: "We're creating chances. Every game we play, we create so many chances. If we continue like this, we will score I'm sure.

"Hopefully, it will be in the next game (against Woodlands)."

For the Jaguars, the point earned was just the start they hoped for in their first home match of the season.

Coach T Pathmanathan was pleased with the result, but not on the overall performance.

He said: "We didn't capitalise on their mistakes, that's a big worry for me. When we make mistakes, we get punished and we have to learn how to punish others."

But Pathmanathan is confident that his team is getting there.

"It's something you can really see, from day one." he said.

"There's plenty of work still to do, but we are definitely improving after every game played."

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