Singapore Cup: Jet-lagged James soars

Singapore Cup: Jet-lagged James soars
Singapore Cup match: Loyola v Champasak.

He endured an 18-hour journey which involved a sea plane and a lengthy transit to rush for his team's crucial RHB Singapore Cup match last night.

Loyola's star striker James Younghusband was in the Maldives on Friday with the Philippine national team for the AFC Challenge Cup final, which they lost 1-0 to Palestine.

Arriving in Singapore on Saturday, he shrugged off fatigue and jet lag to play in his club's first-round tie against Champasak FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium last night.

The 27-year-old then notched a hat-trick to inspire his team to a 7-1 victory over the Laotian side.

"James was definitely tired from all the travelling, but he was happy to play for us," said Loyola coach Joseph Santos.

"He didn't play too much for the national team in the Maldives, so he was raring to go.

"As you saw, he played a big role for us tonight; he really had a great game."

James was one of three players with the Philippine squad in the Maldives.

His brother Phillip and midfielder Simon Greatwich also flew from the Maldives for last night's game.

But it was captain James who starred for Loyola right from kick-off. He opened the scoring in 24th minute, through a header from a free-kick on the right flank.

Champasak, the reigning champions of Laos, equalised right on the stroke of halftime, but Loyola regained their dominance as soon as the second half commenced.

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