|Nico Velez (right) looks |
After all, the Indonesian side did not have the most ideal preparation prior to this fixture due to delay commencement of their domestic season that denied any serious match practice before coming to Singapore.
However, the last evening's result should more or less cast those doubts aside in the words of Metusalach Dwaramury, the assistant coach of the West Papua-based side.
|Boaz Solossa (hands raised) scored the second goal|
"And I felt that both Indonesian and Singaporean clubs level is similar, however, it's all about how we prepare ourselves for the AFC Cup."
Indeed, while both sides started the match on a shaky note, it was the away side that gradually took the control of the game by taking the lead in the half-hour mark through Ivorian Lancine Kone who tapped onto Marin Vidosevic's blunder to open the account of the night.
Midfielder Nelson Alom made it three-nil in the 58th minute and only to see substitute Andy Ahmad, who came in for veteran Shi Jiayi in the 64th minute, to reduce the deficit to two with clinical finishing in the 69th minute.
"We didn't approach the game on a cautious note," replied a visibly disappointed Alex Weaver, the Warriors' coach, to a suggestion made by a reporter after losing the opener.
|Hafiz Rahim (left) robbed of the possession by Ian Kabes|
|Andy Ahmad scored the consolation in |
"I had been disappointed with team performance or individual performance in the past, but this is the first time I am disappointed with a group of players,
"We just did not show the standard we have after we done so during our training and we need to move forward after this to prepare ourselves against Balestier this Sunday." he said in referring to the Charity Shield match-cum-league opener against the reigning Singapore Cup holders on the same ground.