Friday, February 12, 2010

SAFFC and Sengkang open account

Both SAFFC and Sengkang Punggol have open their account for the season with their first win of the season.

The Warriors had been, up to a point, distracted by the ACLQ for the past 2 week and they were shockingly held by Geylang United last Wednesday as they rested a few regulars while the Dolphins went down to Balestier Khalsa 1-2 at Hougang.

After their opening week disappointment, both make up for lost time as they went for the jugular to record their first win.

The Warriors had surprising gone into the break 1 goal down before goals from Indra Sahdan and Park Tae Won gave them their victory.

For Sengkang Punggol, they finally saw their dominance, for the second match in a row, pay off as they also defeated the Bulls 2-1.

With the Bulls down to 10 men, the Dolphins had the dominance and chances to kill the game off but once again, it is clear their weakness will be the finding net this season as the opener came from an own goal before Canadian midfielder Jordan Webb scored his second goal of the season to put the Dolphins a distance away.

The Bulls later pull one back with Obadin Aikhena making up for his own goal but it was not enough.

Up to this point, the Dolphins had an impressive start to the season in term of their performances and they should be pleased with that as they are starting from starch once again.

For the Bulls, it is clear their main problem of last year remain and it is their small squad as even with Aikhena coming back from the Young Lions, one also has to account for the loss of their former captain Sevki.

They had always depended on a good first 11 or 12 players with little in reserves and now as Agu Casmir is injured long-term while they had to release Kingsley Njoku - due to work permit- and Emmanuel Emuejeraye - due to being overage for Prime League foreigner -, they are looking very little as they rely on a even smaller squad.

That why when the likes of Jeremy Chiang cannot even start a game because of injuries, one know Gombak is in trouble.

One can hardly blamed them as few S-league sides have rescoures to bulk up their squad so it will be a tough season for the Bulls to repeat 2008 and 2009 now.

Shahril Jantan (C), Shaiful Esah, Niklas Sandberg, Hafiz Osman, (Ivan Lovric) Taisuke Akiyoshi, (Ahmad Latiff) Rhysh Roshan Rai, Noh Rahman, John Wilkinson, Park Tae Won, Mustaqim Manzur, Indra Sahdan

Balestier Khalsa
Ahmadulhaq Che Omar, (K Vikraman) Syaqir Sulaiman, Paul Cunningham, Daniel Hammond (C), Sofiyan Abdul Hamid, K Sathiaraj, Ishak Zainol, (Anantha Rajan) Nurhilmi Jasni, Poh Yi Feng, (Syafiq Zainal) Vitor Borges, Rivaldo Costa


Sengkang Punggol
Fadhil Salim, (Mamadou Diallo) Sobrie Mazelan, (Ashley Ow) Lau Meng Meng, (Sim Li Ming) Nor Azli Yusoff (C), Shahir Hamzah, Jordan Webb, Faizal Amir, (Darrel Tan) Duncan Elias, Jalal, Murphy Wiredu, Moussa Keita

Gombak United

Zaiful Nizam, (Zulkiffli Hassim) Jaslee Hatta (C), Bah Mamadou, Obadin Aikhena, Shafuan Sutohmoh, Fazrul Nawaz, (Jeremy Chiang) Ruhaizad Ismail, Hamqaamal Shah, Goran Subara, (Fazli Jaffar) Park Kang Jin, Gabriel Obatol

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