Goals on Gabriel's mind

Goals on Gabriel's mind
Gabriel Quak, midfielder of the LionsXII, practises his finishing touch during a training session.

He is still searching for his first goal in the Malaysian Super League (MSL), but if the recent LionsXII friendlies are anything to go by, it won't take winger Gabriel Quak too long.

After notching one in the 2-1 defeat by Myanmar and a brace in the 5-1 thumping of S.League side the Courts Young Lions on Sunday, the 23-year-old (right, in red) has emerged as the top scorer in the four friendlies the MSL champions have played during a one-month break in action - including a 1-0 defeat by Nay Pyi Taw FC and a 4-1 win over Hougang United.

"It feels great to score, but I'm not going to be carried away by these friendlies," Quak told The New Paper, after yesterday's training session at ITE College Central.

"What is important is we continue this good scoring momentum in the MSL when we play Terengganu on Saturday.

"Of course I would love to play and score, but the team come first and we really need to string some wins together to move up the table."

The LionsXII are in eight spot in the MSL standings, two behind fourth-placed Terengganu and 10 behind leaders Selangor.

The Singapore side have a game in hand, but with moneybags Johor Darul Ta'zim set to visit the Jalan Besar Stadium next Tuesday, Fandi Ahmad's men face two stern tests within the space of four days.

As he prepared the team for a hot reception in Kuala Terengganu, LionsXII coach Fandi had mixed feelings about the month-long break.

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"We have lost some momentum with the long break, but we had some good friendlies and I hope the boys won't be too relaxed," he said.

"We worked a lot on defending - off counter-attacks and set-pieces - and finishing.

"I'm happy we scored nine goals in our last two friendlies. Gabriel did well to score his goals but the real test is this Saturday."

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