Saturday, July 25, 2015


Much Maligned Young Lions Humble Champions Warriors

The SLeague returned a few days ago after a near two month break. And what  break. The premier league in Singapore was put on ice so more important matters could be attended to. Like the SEA Games for example, a competition for Under 23 sides in South East Asia. Or the League Cup, a worthless pot of interest only to the gamblers who don't even step foot in the stadium...I'm looking at you Uncle Joo! And then we had the Arsenal, Everton and Stoke City hitting town of course.

Yep, them's the reasons why the SLeague was stopped for two months. And the sad thing is I had forgotten when it was due to restart. I have spent the last two months in blissful ignorance of the game in Singapore and you know what? You soon get used to life. If I lost interest then what about the fans closer to home? With the local papers creaming themselves over Cop America or David Beckham catching tennis balls at Wimbledon or Ian Wright bigging up three unfit Premier League sides was there any news of the SLeague? Or was just a case of out of sight, out of mind? Marvellous marketing whatever.

Anyways, the SLeague is back with no doubt its horrendously loud PA, its inappropriate music and its anal security guards and has already delivered one shock or earthquake proportions with Young Lions defeating reigning champions Warriors 2-0. Yep, them same Young Lions so widely mocked after their feeble efforts at the SEA Games.

Warriors remain top of the table, a point ahead of Albirex Niigata though with a game in hand and, intriguingly, they still boast the worst defence in the league having shipped 20 goals in their 12 games!For Young Lions they remain bottom of the table despite the win, only the second of the season.

Only one Singaporean has scored more than three goals this season, Fazrul Nawaz who has netted 8, but even he failed to spark the Warriors in their shock loss to the cellar dwellers.

For Warriors it looks to be their last game at Woodlands Stadium. The fixture list has them hosting Home United, the one time Uniform Derby, back at their Choa Chu Kang Stadium. As for Young Lions, they have the opportunity to secure another top scalp when they take on Steve Kean's DPMM tomorrow.

On the same evening second place Albirex Niigata lost at home to Balestier Khalsa 0-1 while 24 hours earlier DPMM were held 0-0 by Home United. The dropped points for the top three were good news for Tampines Rovers who defeated Hougang United 3-0 to move within seven points of the leaders.

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