Malaysian Super League champions kept their qualification hopes alive.
Lions XII stand-in captain Hariss Harun paid tribute to his team-mates for their resilience after the hard-fought 2-1 win over Perak in the Malaysia Cup.
With regular skipper Shahril Ishak out for the remainder of the tournament the armband and its ensuing responsibilities was passed over to Harun. And Lions’ new leader didn’t disappoint as he headed home the opening goal before a Safuwan Baharudin struck late on to register the club’s first victory of the competition.
Despite his tender age of 22 the Singapore international led by example on the field when handed the captaincy, but opted to reserve credit for the rest of the squad and praised their fighting spirit.
“It’s a boost for us to get the three points,” He told Goal Singapore after the game.
“It wasn’t easy for us in the first half and we had to dig deep. In the second half we came out more spirited and with more desire and passion, and I think it paid off.”
Harun believes the triumph has now put down a marker for the rest of the Lions’ campaign and acknowledged that it was immensely satisfying to get that first win on the board.
“I think it bodes well for us to actually score goals and to get the three points,” He added.
“But now we have to regroup and look forward to the next game. We have to take one game at a time and go for a win again.”