SEA Games: Singapore finally get first win in football, defeat Vietnam 1-0

Singapore's Sahil Suhaimi (#3) celebrates after scoring a goal in the men's football competition of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyidaw's Zeyar Thiri Stadium, Myanmar, on Dec 10 2013. Singapore won the match 1-0. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Singapore's Sahil Suhaimi (#3) celebrates after scoring a goal in the men's football competition of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyidaw's Zeyar Thiri Stadium, Myanmar, on Dec 10 2013. Singapore won the match 1-0. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Singapore's Under-23 footballers picked up their first victory of the 2013 SEA Games by defeating Vietnam 1-0 at Naypyidaw's Zayyarthiri Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Striker Sahil Suhaimi scored the only goal of the match on the stroke of half-time, when his shot was deflected past his own goalkeeper by Vietnam centre-back Pham Manh Hung.

Despite a second-half onslaught by the Vietnamese, Aide Iskandar's Young Lions held on for a win which sent them top of Group A with four points from their opening two matches.

They will next be in action on Friday, against a Brunei side who lost 0-7 to Vietnam on Sunday and 0-2 to defending champions Malaysia on Tuesday.

The Young Lions had drawn their first match 1-1 with Laos.