Lionesses fall to Hong Kong

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Dorcas Chu handles the ball, 23 June 2022. 

SINGAPORE, 23 JUNE 2022 – The Singapore Women’s National Team endured a tough night against Hong Kong on Thursday as they went down 4-0 in the first of two international friendly matches with them.

Ranked 78th in the world, Hong Kong showed their mettle against the 132nd-ranked Lionesses at Jalan Besar Stadium as forward Lau Yun Yi grabbed a swift first-half brace in the 12th and 13th minutes before scoring twice more after the break through captain Chan Wing Sze and substitute Leung Hong Kiu Anke in the 53rd and 89th minutes.

At the other end, half-time substitute Izzati Rosni forced goalkeeper Ng Cheuk Wai into a good save while Dorcas Chu smashed a 20-yard effort over after a flowing team move late on.

Head coach Stephen Ng reflected: “We were able to compete in different parts of the games, (except) the scoreline. Hong Kong is a quality side and we have to respect that. This is a very good learning experience for us and helps us greatly in terms of preparation for the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship.”

He added that the team will “play differently” in the second encounter with the same opponents on Sunday. “We saved some legs for (the next match) and will do a squad rotation, to prepare for the AFF Championship where we will have five games in 10 days,” he said.

Ng took the opportunity to hand four players their international debuts: goalkeeper Nurul Haziqah Haszwan, defender Irsalina Irwan, and forwards Summer Chong and Claire Tay. Irsalina, who is also a member of the Women’s Under-16 and Under-19 National Teams, became the sixth-y...

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