Merdeka tournament: No final for young Lions

Merdeka tournament: No final for young Lions

THAI SELECTION 1 (Pakorn Parmpak 34)

Two games, two defeats, no goals scored. Playing without six key players, including the backbone of the LionsXII team who emerged Malaysian Super League champions two months ago, the Singapore Under-23 lost 1-0 to a Thai Selection side in a largely one-sided contest on Monday.

The result at the Stadium Darul Makmur in Kuantan meant that V Sundramoorthy's charges have no chance of playing in Saturday's final, and will instead enter the third-place play-off.

Without Singapore No. 1 Izwan Mahbud or second-choice Syazwan Buhari in goal, the young Lions, who lost 1-0 to Malaysia in their first match, were forced to field largely untested Neezam Aziz between the sticks.

In the end, it was Neezam's error which presented the Thais their winner when he was beaten at his near post by an angled effort from Pakorn Parmpak.

Without Safuwan Baharudin, Singapore hardly threatened from set-pieces. Without Hariss Harun, they were overrun in midfield.

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