Saturday, 11 February 2012

Olympic squad coach happy with getting first win in Singapore league

Young Tigers coach Ong Kim Swee played down his team's impressive 2-0 win over Gombak United in their first ever S-League match on Wednesday, insisting he was only happy with the victory.

"The most important thing today (Wednesday) was the three points," Kim Swee said.

"We came back three days ago from a loss in an Olympic qualifier, and in getting three points here, it will help to get the players' morale back as we tune them for the game against Japan in two weeks' time."

The Singapore FA was expecting a bumper crowd at the Jalan Besar Stadium but only 1,494 tickets were sold.

Tigers scored a goal in each half through  striker A. Thamil Arasu's solo effort in the 15th minute and substitute Wan Zaharulnizam Zakaria's clinical finish in the 81st minute.

Kim Swee was, however, generous in his praise of the Gombak side.

"Credit to Gombak, though. They knew our strengths and they did very well to keep close to us.

You can see that Gombak gave everything, especially towards the end, where our boys had to stay focused.

"No matter who we play, it's going to be very tough for us. By mid-season, we can see whether we can stay consistent, and if we can touch the top three, it would be very good."

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