SINGAPORE (7 June 2019) – Hosts Singapore will take on Thailand in the final of the Merlion Cup in two days following the round of matches today at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Singapore dumped the Philippines 3-0 while Thailand edged out Indonesia 2-1.
Singapore were just too composed against the Philippines with Amiruldin Asraf capitalising on a defensive lapse in the 26th minute to score past custodian Michael Asong for the lead.
Irfan Fandi then doubled Singapore’s advantage in the 61st minute as younger brother Ikhsan then had the simplest of tap-ins for the third goal six minutes later.
In the meantime, two quick goals from Saringkan Promsupa’s fifth minute penalty and then a close range finish from Ekanit Panya six minutes later gave the Thais the well-deserved lead.
Even though Indonesian tried to get back into the match where they managed to pull a goal back off Witan Sulaeman’s 42nd minute, still it was not enough to stage a second half revival.