The Junior Jaguars are coached by Winston Yap, Sleague winning team Captain who had an illustrious career in the local football scene. Winston was known as the “Ang Moh” man marker during his heydays, and spot a mini pony tail with flambuoyant hairstyle. The much travelled defender, who last played for Woodlands Wellington in 2010 finally call time on his football career as he focus to youth football coaching to satisfy his passion for the game.
Front Row(from left to right): Darren,Syafiq,Roy,Syaf
The Jaguars U16 team is a newly formed team which probably started training two months ago, unlike its counterparts, Home United, Which have been training together for ages. The Jaguars raced to a two goal lead with less than 30 minutes on the clock thanks to Daniel Afiq, who scored both goals in the first half. Both the goals were goals that you’ll normally see Aleksandar Duric scoring. Tapping in the final ball inside the penalty area. It is highly commendable that a player at this age, can time his run, get the right position, and finish with such clinical instincts.
Tanjong Pagar led by two goals at the break and it was wholesale changes for Home United, that made bulk of the difference. Home United had 25 players at coach Aw Thiam Hor’s disposal while Winston Yap only had 16 players in total.
In a game determined by tale of two halves, much credit have have to be given to Winston’s boys for not giving up. One can’t blame them for getting tired as the game was played at 3pm, which was the hottest time of the day.
With limited substitutes on the bench, it seemed that the Jaguars were in for a footballing lesson in the second period but it didnt actually happen.
As regular Skipper Shahril was out for the game, the armband was given to Taufik, who played in the centre of defence. Taufik led his line well, and managed a cleansheet in the first half. His anticipation of the game can prove to be one thing that will benefit the Jaguars this season, as he is always quick to “react to different situations.” Taufik is a no nonsense defender, and his play allow his attackers to break on counter attacks. This is something which the Jaguars would like to capitalise on for the upcoming season.