Zerka Hat-Trick Down Valiant Young Lions
Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League: Courts Young Lions 2-3 Tanjong Pagar United
Written by: Phoon Jia Hui
A sensational performance by Monsef Zerka helped Tanjong Pagar United to a 3-2 victory over the Courts Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Amy Recha opened the scoring in the 18th minute before Zerka capitalised on a defensive error to level things in the 36th minute.
The Moroccan then put Tanjong Pagar ahead for the first time in the match minutes into the second-half before Muhaymin Salim equalised with an unstoppable volley. However, it was Zerka who had the last laugh as he sealed the win and his hat-trick in the 54th minute.
It was only their second victory in the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League, but one which Tanjong Pagar coach Patrick Vallee savoured.
“Of course, after three games we finally got the win we wanted,” Vallee said after the match.
“I’m happy about the effort of the team. You could see that Firdaus [Idros], Asraf [Rashid], Sebastien [Etiemble] and Monsef did a lot of work defensively to help the defence and our full-backs also tried to support the team offensively.
“I’m very proud of my players tonight. They never gave up, they put in a lot of effort, the same as we did in our last few games where we lost. It’s not easy and very difficult to win one game in S.League and i know that and today was very difficult,” added the Frenchman
In contrast, Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar was far from pleased about the result but vowed to improve.
“I’m very disappointed with the result, I thought we could have done better,” he lamented. “In terms of performance, I was happy we created chances and scored two goals. We had chances to actually equalise and get at least one point.”
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