Asean Para Games: Singapore lose 14-4 to Laos in debut match in goalball

SINGAPORE - Singapore's men's goalball team were beaten 14-4 by Laos on their Asean Para Games debut on Friday morning at Marina Bay Sands Hall D.

The game was stopped with more than five minutes left in the 12-minute second half, owing to the rule that once the goal difference reaches 10, the leading team (Laos) will be declared the winner.

All four of Singapore's goals came in the first half, with team captain Marc Chiang netting three and the powerful Nazarudin Razak scoring the other.

However, Laos' experience and superiority showed, as they threw their shots at almost twice the speed of the hosts, who struggled to cope with their pace.

Singapore's trio dived and slid bravely to protect their goal, and for a six-minute stretch in the first half, managed not to leak any goals.

Despite the loss, the players remained upbeat; for many of them, gaining the competitive experience took precedence over the scoreline.

Coach Hansen Bay praised his players' attitude during the game, and was pleased that they met their objective of getting 80 per cent of their shots on target.

He said: "It's a good experience for them, to learn how to focus and be composed, even when they fall behind.

"The reason why we couldn't score much was because of the speed of our throws. But they were able to hold their own - it's definitely an improvement."

Added Chiang: "We were all very calm and composed. It's okay to lose, because we will improve and get better as we play more matches."

The team will face Indonesia in a later match on Friday afternoon.