Singapore lost to university team in Japan

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Sundram shrugs off loss to Japanese university team, as he experiments with players and formations

V Sundramoorthy’s charges suffered a shock 3-2 loss to the Niigata University of Health and Welfare team at the Swan Field in Niigata yesterday – the first of their three training matches in a week-long training camp.

The Lions started the game strongly, with winger Gabriel Quak rattling the crossbar with an effort after just three minutes.

It didn’t take long for the Geylang International star to get it right when he reacted quickest in the box to a deflected cutback by Azhar Sairudin to open the scoring in the ninth minute.

But the Niigata university side struck back through striker Kazume Takahashi, who bagged a quickfire brace in the space of nine minutes (13th and 22nd).

Four minutes later, Hafiz Abu Sujad restored parity with a rifled shot from just inside the penalty box.

The inability to defend a corner kick proved to be the Lions’ undoing, as Wada Kanta stabbed home what turned out to be the winner in the 56th minute.

, who are without five overseas-based stars like Hassan Sunny and Hariss Harun, will play the Soccer College team today, and then J-League outfit Albirex Niigata on Sunday.

They will travel to Phnom Penh to play Cambodia in an “A” international friendly next Thursday.

Via: TNP Singapore