7-11 combo deliver

7-11 combo deliver

Twice, Tanjong Pagar United found themselves in losing positions during their Great Eastern-Yeo's S-League clash with Woodlands Wellington at the Jalan Besar Stadium last night.

Twice, the Jaguars clawed their way back to eventually draw 2-2.

On both occasions, they had to thank the 7-11 combo of Asraf Rashid and Hafiz Nor for rescuing them.

The two wingers - Asraf wears No. 7 and Hafiz No. 11 - scored a goal each, and they also created the two opportunities for each other.

Tanjong Pagar coach Patrick Vallee was delighted with their contributions, which took the spotlight off the team's trio of French-speaking forwards.

Woodlands coach Salim Moin and Vallee disagreed on some refereeing decisions, but both felt the two teams dished out entertaining fare for the fans.

"People always talk about my foreign players but today they could not score," said Vallee.

"Asraf and Hafiz Nor got one assist and one goal each, and I'm so happy for them."

Woodlands' own dynamic duo of Korean forwards Moon Soon Ho and Chang Jo Yoon were also on song and combined for both the Rams' goals.

Moon drew first blood by latching on to Chang's lofted pass to finish coolly in the 27th minute.

But Hafiz, on as a first-half substitute, equalised for Tanjong Pagar when he connected with Asraf's left-wing cross to volley home sweetly in the 57th minute.

Chang put Woodlands back ahead 10 minutes later when he received Moon's pass and fired into the roof of the goal.

It was Asraf, however, who had the last word in the 73rd minute when he controlled Hafiz's deep cross superbly before firing into the corner with his weaker right foot.

Vallee was delighted with his players for showing focus even though they have a big RHB Singapore Cup final looming on Nov 8.

"Everybody has been talking to me about the Singapore Cup," he said.

"But did you see how we played tonight?

"All my players fought very hard and I am very happy.

"It's always better to win games, but sometimes, drawing an entertaining game is also good."

Woodlands coach Salim felt his side deserved all three points.

He said: "I think we had the upper hand, but lapses in concentration resulted in the two goals we conceded.

"Their (Tanjong Pagar's) two equalisers could have been prevented... we were ball watching.

"But I think my players did very well tonight and played with belief."

In last night's other match, Geylang International thumped Warriors FC 3-0 at the Bedok Stadium.


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