The Singapore Under-21 side crashed to a 4-0 defeat by Vietnam's U-19s in their opening Group B match of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy tournament in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, yesterday.
The Cubs - who brought along the LionsXII trio of Emmeric Ong, Ignatius Ang and Syafiq Zainal - as well as former LionsXII shot-stopper Neezam Aziz as over-aged players, were no match for their opponents.
The Vietnamese created plenty of chances throughout the game and, although they led only 1-0 at half-time, they added three more in quick succession after the break.
Richard Bok, the former Warriors FC coach who is in charge of the team in Brunei, had set a pre-tournament target of a spot in the semi-finals, but chances of the team progressing as one of the top two teams in Group B are slim.
Singapore will play Cambodia's U-21 side tomorrow. The other teams in Group B are Indonesia U-19, Malaysia U-21 and defending champions Brunei U-21.
This article was first published on August 10, 2014.
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