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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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