Floorball: Singapore are first champions of Women's Asia-Oceania Cup

The Singapore women’s floorball team celebrate after the final whistle, on June 23, 2018. They defeated Thailand 4-1.
The Singapore women’s floorball team celebrate after the final whistle, on June 23, 2018. They defeated Thailand 4-1.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA
Siti Hurhaliza (in white) scores the third goal for Team Singapore against Thailand.
Siti Hurhaliza (in white) scores the third goal for Team Singapore against Thailand.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

SINGAPORE - Singapore beat heavy favourites Thailand 4-1 to win the first Women's Asia-Oceania Floorball Cup on Saturday (June 23).

Barely had the teams warmed up when the Republic's captain Amanda Yeap flicked the ball into the Thai net just one minute into the game.

Thailand replied through Tikhamporn Sakunpithak 21/2 minutes later and the scores stayed that way till Singapore's Shannon Yeo broke the deadlock in the 18th minute.

The 24-year-old received a defence-splitting pass from Tiffany Ong from the right flank, before executing a deft turn to leave her defender for dead and sliding the shot into goal for Singapore to take the lead at 2-1.

The hosts made several errors during the second and third periods, but the visitors were unable to capitalise.

Thailand desperately tried to push forward to salvage the game as the clock wound down but the Thai defence was undone by two clinical counter-attacks from Singapore instead. Siti Nurhaliza Khairul Anuar and Debbie Poh put the game beyond the Thais' reach with less than 10 minutes to go.

In the play-off for third, Japan edged out Malaysia 4-3 to take the bronze, with both teams tied 3-3 at full time.