|great lad on and off the pitch- PAUL CUNNINGHAM!|
When the referee blew the final whistle at the Toa Payoh Stadium on Monday night, the stadium announcer proudly announced that the Tigers are the first team to reach the 3-game stage, unbeaten. And yes, Salim Moin's can be proud of the team's efforts in the first three game. Drawing against title-favourites Home United in the season opener and shutting out defending champions, Etoile FC in their second game.
However, his men will feel they could have done more against 10 men Courts Young Lions, who had defender Shakir Hamzah sent off in the first half. Nevertheless, lets just talk about the positives.
Defender Paul Cunningham has been solid so far. Commanding at the back and a true leader, he is coping well without Daniel Hammond at the heart of the Tigers defence. The fact that he was pushed forward to a more attacking role when the Tigers were chasing the three points shows that his abilities are undoubted.
Keeper Joey Sim too has impressed me with his quick reflexes. After two instinctive saves against Etoile FC on Friday, the small framed keeper made another brilliant save to deny Courts Young Lions from scoring from a well taken free kick.
The reason behind Balestier's strong defensive play is without a doubt the fact that the whole team works for each other. What I saw on Monday was 4 banks of defence from forward Victor Borges all the way to keeper Joey Sim.
With the season still at her early stages, Balestier still has much to prove. However, to perform better, they too have to start scoring! Defensively, they are already sound!