|Valentine Nelson (3) headed for safety|
There is this a new FIFA ruling that I was told, despite having four Singaporeans listed as the match officials for the game, it's considered an "A" international match that saw a few Lions debutants earning their first cap for the country in which a special procedure is needed to register that.
|Sahil Suhaimi (7) - the first scorer of the night|
To be honest, not much information on Papua New Guinea prior to this match other than they are being coached by New Zealander Wynton Rufer who is a legend in his own right.
|Suria Prakash earned his Lions cap|
|Fadli Kamis earned his first cap as a starter|
Commenting on the first goal conceded by his side in the 17th minute, the former Werder Bremen striker said:"I felt that the first goal we conceded was a soft one where I had three grandmothers stood there watching to allow your striker (Sahil Suhaimi) to score,
"Despite the loss, I am happy with the performance where we closed the spaces, knocked the ball down and it's very important to us for this build up to next July when we will be hosting the Pacific Games, result like tonight will help us to get additional funding for that."
"And I think the Singapore side clearly underestimated PNG tonight for maybe because they are to play against a much stronger Hong Kong side (on coming Tuesday) that I told my team to take advantage of that mentality to more aggressive in the match."
|Another close shave for the Papuans in 2nd half|
|PNG deservingly earned their consolation in 61st|
Also with a number of debutants that included the likes of Fadli Kamis, Suria Prakash and Amirul Adli marked their maiden Lions appearance, it's not a surprise to see this outing as a final test for the Asian Games squad that is yet to be announced.
|PNG should be proud despite the loss|
|Coach Rufer gave a honest assessment|
Said the former Hougang United coach:"We tried to field the best team for tonight's game but it didn't seems to get it right in the first 15 minutes but then we did score two goals in the first half and if only we are more clinical in the second half where we started well that we made some changes which included a few debutants tonight."