Singapore Under-23 6
Philippines Under-23 0
It was the kind of morale-boosting scoreline that most coaches would prescribe before the start of a major tournament.
But as Singapore's Under-23 team romped to a 6-0 thumping of their Philippine counterparts at the Hougang Stadium Sunday, Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar could not help but lament his side's profligacy.
On one hand, his team appear to have found their scoring boots, after finding the net just once in two previous friendlies. But when the lopsided win should have easily been much more, the coach was concerned.
"We had chances, especially in the first half but just didn't take them," the 38-year-old former national captain said. "I'm pleased we scored six but we can't just depend on our two strikers to get all the goals."
Captain Hariss Harun and a handful of his team-mates squandered sitters against a makeshift Filipino outfit, which had just two substitutes on the bench.
One miss from striker Sahil Suhaimi - from five metres out with the goal gaping - had Aide slamming his water-bottle on the ground in frustration.
Said striker Shahfiq Ghani, who was on the scoresheet along with partner Sahil: "Coach emphasised our need to finish chances, so it's our main area of concern."