SINGAPORE - Two free-kick goals helped Harimau Muda B win their first piece of silverware on Singapore soil when they beat the Courts Young Lions in the League Cup plate final at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Sunday.
While Syazwan Tajudin's 22nd-minute goal bulged the top corner, Asri Mardzuki's 70th-minute effort eluded a sea of defenders and sneaked into the bottom corner.
The Young Lions were missing seven first-team players - including goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari, centre backs Afiq Yunos and Sheikh Abdul Hadi and midfielder Raihan Rahman - who were in Kuantan with the Singapore Under-23s who came in third at the Merdeka Cup.
Aide Iskandar's side lacked belief and urgency, possibly stemming from a lack of confidence after winning just one out of 21 S-League games.
Had Sahil Suhaimi's first-half volley dipped under the bar, the Young Lions could well have picked things up, but it was not to be.
Their Malaysian counterparts did not fare much better, although skipper Azzizan Nordin was commanding in central midfield.
Aide felt that a draw would have been a fairer result, and said: "There were a lot of changes in the backline and that affected our stability.
"We tried to make the best out of what we have, but we couldn't get the result we wanted.