Young Tigers A have laid down a marker to become one of the early pacesetters in the S-League but coach Ong Kim Swee has cautioned against getting carried away with their bright start.
The Malaysian youth side bounced back from a humbling 4-0 loss to Japan in an Olympic qualifier to rout Tanjong Pagar United 3-0 at the Yishun Stadium on Friday, after having started the season with a 2-0 success over Gombak United.
The Tigers are third in the standings with six points but the March 18 top-of-the-table clash against Japanese club Albirex Niigata will be a real test of the team's ability.
"It's still too early to judge after two games but we've put down a mark there. The next game against Albirex, who are the leaders having played a game more, will be a real good test for the boys," said Kim Swee after the team's return to Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Kim Swee took delight from his side's two clean sheets so far as defenders Fadhli Shas and Amer Saidin begin to show a much better understanding.
"After two games, I'm happy that we have not conceded. That is very important for the confidence although no team can go very long without letting a goal in," added Kim Swee, who used the game as preparation for the Olympic qualifier against Syria on March 14 in Amman, Jordan.