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Newsflash: Singapore are kings of water-polo again, while U-23 football team gets first win

Singapore captured the first golds of the 25th South-east Asian Games today when our national water-polo team defeated Thailand 8-5 in the final match of their round-robin tournament in Vientiane, Laos.

The result meant that Singapore finished top of the four-nation competition with three wins. The Republic had defeated Indonesia 14-1 and the Philippines 8-1 in earlier matches.

It also means that Singapore has won the water-polo title for the 23rd consecutive time. Our national water-polo team has never been been dethroned in the regional Games since its inception in 1965.

Singapore did play poorly in the first half and even trailed Thailand 2-3 at the break. But the players bounced back to turn the deficit into eventual victory.

As our water-polo team celebrated in the pool, there was also joy in the football field as the Under-23 team defeated Myanmar 2-1 to secured their first group stage win of the competition.

Defender Shaiful Esah was once again the architect of Singapore’s two goals. His sweet left foot curled in two accurate crosses, one in the 14th minute and the second in the 28th minute.

The first one was once again met by defender Safuwan Baharudin who rose above the Myanmar defence to head home his second goal of the tournament. The goal was identical to the one the 18-year-old scored against Indonesia two days back.

Singapore’s second goal was also identical to the first as defender Hariss Harun ran into the box, launched himself forward and torpedoed the ball with his head past the fully-stretched Myanmar goalkeeper.

However, as Singapore celebrated, there were fears that the team would squander the two-goal lead again, just as they did against Indonesia.

And in the 89th minute, it seemed as though that nightmare was going to repeat itself when M yanmar’s Soe  Min Oo sprinted past two Singapore defenders into the box and flicked the ball past  advancing Singapore keeper Hyrulnizam Jumaat.

But despite showing signs of increasing nervousness as the four minutes of stoppage time ticked away, the Singapore players did enough to keep their Myanmarese opponents at bay before celebrating wildly when the referee blew the final whistle.

Singapore will meet Laos in their next group match on Thursday, and need only a draw to advance to the semi-finals. However, they will need to be wary of the hosts which defeated Indonesia 2-0. The team will also be without Safuwan who is suspended after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament.

The Singapore Sports Fan would like to congratulate both the water-polo team and the footballers for their hard-earned victories today. Great work, guys! Thank you for playing with so much pride and passion.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Singapore’s hockey teens finish sixth in U-18 Asia Cup

Heartiest congratulations to our national boys’ hockey team for finishing sixth out of 10 teams at the recent Boys Under-18 Asia Cup in Myanmar which ended on Nov 21.

The Singapore Hockey Federation had set the team the target of finishing fifth or sixth, and our lion-hearted hockey teens duly delivered.

Singapore was grouped with Taiwan, South Korea, Myanmar and Japan, and got their campaign off to a confidence-boosting  start with a 3-0 win over Taiwan.

But they were beaten by the Koreans 0-3 in their next game.

The Republic then brushed aside host Myanmar 4-0, a result which meant a chance at qualifying for the semi-finals if they could beat Japan in their final game.

However, it was not to be. Singapore gave it their all but  the cautious Japanese, needing only a draw to reach the semis, did just that.

Singapore was thus edged out of a spot in the semis by goal difference, and found themselves drawn to face India in the fifth-sixth place play-offs.

India were the defending champions of the competition but a poor showing in the group stages saw them missing out on the semis. The gulf in standards between the two countries was clear as India ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.

According to its website, the Singapore Hockey Federation said it was satisfied with the team’s performances and results, and take them as signs that the Republic is gradually bridging the gap between them and the region’s powerhouses.

So well done, guys, and good job.

I was not able to provide regular updates on the results as it was  practically impossible to find information about how you guys were doing in the tournament. There was no coverage of U-18 Asia Cup it in the local and even in the Malaysian newspapers. I guess the Malaysians were more caught up with their men’s senior team’s efforts to try to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

But from the looks of the scores that Singapore recorded at the tournament, it looks like our boys had a decent outing which they could be proud of.

You can go to here and here for more information about how we fared in the tournament.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Previous report:

12 Nov 2009: Singapore’s lion-hearted hockey teens are back in action again

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Asian Youth Games: All the results from the first round of football matches

Here are the results of the first round of the Asian Youth Games’ football tournament which ended today. As hosts, Singapore was given the privilege of a direct entry into the next round of the competition which begins on 27 June:  

Group A:

Iran 6 Taiwan 0

(Iran’s scorers: Saeid Aghaei Nojehdeh, 10th, 34th, Mehdi Pourdadashvend, 21st, Siavash Haghnazari, 40th, Armin Sohrabian, 45th, Seyadreza Mirahmadi, 71st)

* Iran goes through to the next round. The third team, the Philippines, has been ruled out of the tournament after being quarantined for the H1N1 virus

Group B:

South Korea 2 Pakistan 0

(South Korea: Choi Jaehua 10th, Kim Su Bin, 44th, pen)

China 7 Myanmar 3

(China: Wang Chengkuai, 2nd, 12th, Liang Xueming, 8th, 39th, Wang Yiran, 55th, 63rd, Xiao Yufeng, 72nd),

(Myanmar: Htwe Aung Myo, 14th, 44th, 64th)

Pakistan 0-0 China

South Korea 5 Myanmar 1

(South Korea: Lee Woo Seok, 17th, Jeong Chung Geun, 22nd, Min Arkar, 50th, own goal, Kim Gun Hee, 51st, Kim Young Gyu, 56th)

( Myanmar: Tun Zaw Win, 67th)

South Korea  3 China 2

(South Korea: Kim Sun Bin, 11th, Lee Hui Chan, 37th, Suh Myeongwon, 41st)

(China: Yan Peng, 12th, Xiao Yufeng, 80th)

Myanmar 1 Pakistan 1

(Myanmar: Htwe Aung Myo, 22th min)

(Pakistan: Tario Fahad, 81st)

* South Korea (9 points) and China (4 points) go through to next round

Group C:

North Korea 3 Thailand 2

(North Korea: Ro Kwang Yong, 29th, Ri Jong Hyok, 66th,  Jo Sol Song, 69th)

(Thailand: Daochalermwong, 61st, Chaoroenruen, 73rd)

Malaysia 1 Nort Korea 0

(Malaysia: Muhd A Yakob, 22nd, pen)

Thailand 2 Malaysia 1

(Thailand: Charoenruen , 47th, 58th)

(Malaysia:  Muhd A Yakob, 75th)

* Thailand (3 points) and North Korea (3 points) go through. Although Malaysia also has 3 points, it didn’t qualify as it scored one goal less (2 goals) than North Korea (three goals)  

Group D:

Saudi Arabia 3 Laos 1

(Saudi Arabia: Al Harun Abdullah, 34th, Alnakhli Mohd Qasem,36th, 65th)

(Laos: S. Thinnakone, 52nd)

 * Both Saudi Arabia and Laos  go through to the next round because the third team, Hong Kong, has been ruled out of the tournament after being quarantined for the H1N1 virus

Second round:

The eight teams are now divided into two groups:

Group A: Iran, Thailand, China, Singapore

Group B: Laos, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, South Korea

Singapore will play against Iran on 27 June (Saturday) at 5pm. It then meets Thailand on 29 June at 4pm before taking on China in its final group match on 1 July at 730pm. Singapore will play all its matches at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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