Singapore scored a 4-3 victory against the Solomon Islands in an international friendly on Saturday.
Despite a 5th minute goal from Faris Ramli at the Singapore Sports Hub, strikes from Solomon Islands’ Feni Gagame and Andrew Abba seemed to have consigned Singapore to a defeat.
A free kick from Shahdan Sulaiman then levelled things. The momentum, however, swung back in favour of the away side after a goal from Benjamin Totori.
But the Lions, ranked 21 places below Solomon Islands, grabbed two more goals - the first, a clinical finish from Gabriel Quak in the 77th minute and the winner, a tap-in from Hariss Harun close to 10 minutes later.
Singapore’s coach Tatsuma Yoshida gave his side’s performance a “six or seven” out of 10, admitting that there were some mistakes when it came to concentration and decision-making.
“It was a good result,” said the Japanese. “The boys were a little bit nervous ...but the players understood my vision and tactics.”
The Lions’ next fixture will be another international friendly on Jun 11 when they face Myanmar.
Solomon Islands will travel home after a month long camp in Netherlands where they played against club sides, preparing for the Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa.