Football: Tampines Rovers beat Felda United 2-1 in AFC Cup opener

Tampines Rovers beat Felda United 2-1 in the Asian Football Confederation Cup on Feb 21, 2017.
Tampines Rovers beat Felda United 2-1 in the Asian Football Confederation Cup on Feb 21, 2017. PHOTO: TNP

SINGAPORE - Tampines Rovers started their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Malaysian Super League side Felda United at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday.

Goals from new signings Son Yong Chan and Khairul Amri gave new Stags coach Jurgen Raab, appointed last month, a win in his first competitive fixture.

Son broke the deadlock just after the hour mark, in a match where Tampines dominated possession but had little chances to show for. The South Korean midfielder ran unmarked into the box and headed home a cross from Raspreet Sandhu in the 64th minute.

Amri, in his third spell with the Stags, doubled the lead in the 83rd minute as he converted a cross from Ryutaro Megumi.

The visiting side kept things interesting in the 87th minute when Fazrul Hazli won the ball from goal after hesitation from Ismadi Mukhtar. Standing 30m away from goal and with all to do, he volleyed the ball over a helpless Izwan Mahbud.

But Tampines, AFC Cup quarter-finalists last year, held on for the three points.

The Stags' next match in the AFC Cup is against Ceres Negros of the Philippines on Mar 7. There is little time to rest for Raab and his men - they take on Albirex Niigata in the S-League opener on Sunday at the National Stadiun.