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Thursday October 3, 2013 MYT 5:32:00 PM
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by k. rajan
PETALING JAYA: The Selayang Stadium does not hold fond memories for Lions XII coach V. Sundramoorthy.
Last year, it was at this very stadium that the Singaporean side were shown the exit in the Malaysia Cup semi-finals when Armed Forces pipped them 5-4 on penalty kicks after both teams were tied 1-1 on aggregate.
Sundramoorthy’s men were on course to the Malaysia Cup final after having won the first leg 1-0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium but Armed Forces bounced back in the return leg of the semi-finals when striker Marlon Alex James scored the all-important equaliser deep into stoppage time to force the game into extra time.
Now, both teams are in a similar situation with Lions XII holding a slim advantage leading 1-0 in the first leg of the quarter-finals. And Sundramoorthy does not want another heartbreak at the same venue. He has urged his side to get the goals and make it to the next round.
In fact, Sundramoorthy is aware that the slender 1-0 lead from the first leg won’t be enough against last year’s finalists who will be eyeing revenge after going down at the Jalan Besar Stadium last week.
“Goals will do us good and we will be putting ourselves in a better position. We cannot sit back and hope for things to happen,” said Sundramoorthy, who earlier this season led the Lions to the Super League crown.
“They (Forces) will definitely come out and try to attack ... they are chasing a goal. Our good record against them will motivate the boys but what matters most is what happens on the pitch on game day.”
The Lions will be boosted by the return of talismanic skipper Shahril Ishak and Sundramoorthy added that his side are highly motivated to get a good result against Forces.
“Shahril is fit, and he is okay to play. He wants to play, and this is very good news for us ahead of this crucial match,” added Sundramoorthy.
The Lions have beaten Forces three times this season including the home and away win in the Super League but Sundramoorthy was quick to point out that the records don’t matter.
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Singapore, lions, football, Armed Forces, Sundramoorthy, Alex Marlon James, Selayang Stadium, Shahril Ishak, Jalan Besar Stadium
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