Football: Sundram off to winning start as Singapore beat Myanmar 1-0 in AYA Bank Cup

Singapore beat Myanmar 1-0 in the AYA Bank Cup on June 3, 2016.
Singapore beat Myanmar 1-0 in the AYA Bank Cup on June 3, 2016.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - Singapore beat Myanmar 1-0 in the AYA Bank Cup on Friday (June 3) to give newly-appointed caretaker coach V. Sundramoorthy a win in his first match as Lions tamer.

A solitary strike from Faris Ramli at the Thuwunna Stadium was enough to earn Singapore a spot in the final against Vietnam on Monday (June 6).

Hosts Myanmar will play Hong Kong in the third-place play-off.

Myanmar, who are co-hosting this year's Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup with the Philippines, started brightly against Singapore.

As early as the third minute, Than Paing found himself through on goal, but goalkeeper Hassan Sunny, picked ahead of Izwan Mahbud, blocked his shot.

Gerd Zeise's side dominated proceedings but found Hassan equal to all their efforts.

On 34 minutes, the Lions took the lead against the run of play. A through ball from Baihakki Khaizan, meant for Fazrul Nawaz, slipped past the entire Myanmar back-line, and Faris was on hand to poke the ball home.

The match continued in the same fashion, with Myanmar piling on the pressure and Singapore defending in numbers and hitting on the counter-attack.

Sundram fielded star midfielder Hariss Harun in defence alongside Baihakki and the back four, together with Hassan, held strong, repelling wave after wave of attacks.

Fazrul squandered two good chances to put Singapore ahead but the Lions were able to hold on for victory.