SINGAPORE – Against a crew ranked 86 rungs above them, the Lionesses knew they have been in for a troublesome battle towards world No. 49 Papua New Guinea at the FAS Tri-Nations Series 2022 (Women’s) yesterday.
And that was what they bought at the Jalan Besar Stadium, with the Singapore nationwide ladies’s crew placing up a creditable effort towards the guests to wrap up the triangular pleasant match with a 1-0 loss.
Despite the defeat, coach Stephen Ng was pleased with the efficiency his costs produced in entrance of two,344 followers.
He mentioned: “As a complete I’m happy with the hassle put up by our gamers. We gave an excellent struggle in the present day regardless of the distinction in Fifa rankings.
“The important thing was that we showed we can compete at this level as we are still improving. It’s an ongoing process that we will work on and hopefully, we can improve even more as we go into the SEA Games.”
The match, which additionally featured Seychelles, was a part of Singapore’s preparations for the May 12-23 SEA Games in Hanoi.
In the lead-up to the Games, the Lionesses will even be occurring a coaching tour in Thailand.
Singapore will probably be making their first look at the regional competitors since 2003 and can play world No. 43 Thailand, 2019 SEA Games bronze medallists Myanmar and Laos in Group B.
They will hope to place the teachings from the Tri-Nations Series to good use. Yesterday, their defence had a busy night as Papua New Guinea poured ahead within the first half, however the Lionesses managed to take in the assaults and preserve them at bay.
A swap in formation gave the hosts added chew up entrance as Putri Nur Syaliza Sazali shifted to the left wing.
Forward Stephanie Dominguez additionally moved right into a extra central function, permitting Singapore to create a number of possibilities as they ventured extra into the Papuans’ half.
But the guests have been to not be denied, as they lastly broke the impasse within the 74th minute.
Defender Lavina Hola whipped in a cross from the proper for Sonia Emhabe to bundle the ball previous Singapore goalkeeper Noor Kusumawati.
The hosts got here near equalising within the 83rd minute when Danelle Tan punted a protracted ball to substitute Ho Hui Xin, whose effort went simply huge.
While Ng was proud of the progress that the crew have made, he admitted that there are nonetheless points of their recreation that must be refined.
He mentioned: “I’ve always emphasised on speed of play and, in order to do that, you need the physical preparation in terms of strength and endurance. At the same time, the technical abilities also play a big part so these are areas we need to brush up on to have a better speed of play.”
Midfielder Nur Farhanah Ruhaizat lauded her teammates for the will they confirmed towards Papua New Guinea and their progress in the previous few months.
She mentioned: “As compared to before Covid and now, I feel the team is so much more united as we managed to go together as one and (execute) the plan that coach has come up with in training, it really shows a lot about our efforts as a team.”
Papua New Guinea coach Nicola Demaine was proud of how her costs managed to enhance in sure points of their recreation from their 9-0 win over Seychelles final (*49*).
She mentioned: “It was such a good challenge from Singapore that we’ve had some things that were highlighted and that we need to work on, but obviously we’re happy to get the win.”
Player of the Match Marie Kaipu famous the way it had been exhausting to get previous the Singapore defence and was pleased with how her crew carried out of their first worldwide outing since 2019.
She mentioned: “The Singapore team are strong. In 2014, when Papua New Guinea came to Singapore, they played very well, but now we had a hard time scoring. It’s a good opportunity for us to come here and this will help us prepare (for future competitions).”