Football: Canon Lion City Cup begins with thrashing, while Irfan Fandi brings cheers

The Canon Lion City Cup kicked off on Saturday night with a thrashing, as the Singapore Under-15 side succumbed 0-7 to their counterparts at Brazilian club Corinthians at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

The hosts fell 0-2 behind within the opening 15 minutes of the match, and they crumbled in the second half, conceding five more goals to their physically and technically superior opponents.

The Singapore U-16 side performed much better in the second match of the night against the U-15 side of English Premier League giants Arsenal.

Although they lost 1-2, they at least gave the local fans something to cheer about by scoring a goal and defending stoutly.

The goal was scored by none other than Irfan Fandi, son of local great Fandi Ahmad, who pounced during a goalmouth melee to stab home from close range in the second half.