Monday, November 8, 2010

AG: Cubs hold off Champions

The Singapore U23 managed to hold out against the Asian Games Champions Qatar as the Cubs seek to make it to the second round.

Up until the last quarter of the match, the Cubs managed to comfortably hold out against the Qatari with custodian Izwan Mahbud not having a single save to make.

From the last quarter onward though, Izwan Mahbud proved himself as he make 3 crucial save and when he needed help, his defenders and the upright came to his, and the Cubs, rescue.

In the end, Singapore nearly made full use of that when the Qatari keeper came rushing out of his goal to close down on substitute Erwan Gurnawan in injury time.

Erwan managed to get the better of the keeper and the covering defender and attempted a curling effort over the keeper from the left touchline, but the keeper was quick enough to get back to his goal to prevent the shot from floating in under his crossbar.

In another match, Kuwait U23 beat India U23 2-0.

Pos Teams Pts GD
1 Kuwait U23 3 2
2 Qatar U23 1 0
3 Spore U23 1 0
4 India U23 0 -2

Singapore: Izwan Mahbud (GK); Faritz Abdul Hameed, Safuwan Baharudin, Afiq Yunos, Shakir Hamzah; Shahdan Sulaiman, Firdaus Kasman (Eddie Chang 77′), Hariss Harun (c), Izzdin Shafiq, Nazrul Ahmad Nazari (Fazly Hassan); Shahril Ishak (Erwan Gurnawan 90′ +2)  

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