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A Singapore Selection Brings Tour to an End

The Clarets will be hoping to maintain their pre-season form in the final game of their Singapore tour today(Saturday 24th July) With two wins away to Bury and Oldham before they flew out to the Far East followed by two thumping 5-0 victories over Gombak United and Home United this week, the lads will be hoping to make it a fifth consecutive win as they prepare for their third and final game in Singapore.

Their final match is an inaugral Freight Investor Services (FIS) Asian Challenge Cup game against a Singapore Selection X1 The Singapore national coach, Raddy Avramovich has named a 22 man squad for the clash tonight which kicks off at 7:30pm local time (12:30pm UK time) in the Jalan Besar Stadium. The Singapore team`s captain will be 19 year old midfielder, Hariss Harun who three years ago became the youngest ever Singapore international. The rest of the team will be made up mainly from Singapore Under 23 internationals.

The cup game rules dictate that only seven substitutes will be allowed and should the scores be level after 90 minutes, a penalty shoot out will decide the winner. A Cup has also been specially commissioned for the winners to hold aloft!

The Jalan Besar Stadium has a pitch made from 3G Astroturf and this could have a bearing on Laws team selection. The strict substitution rule means that youngsters Wes Fletcher and Alex-Ray Harvey are unlikely to feature but both have had a successful pre-season and look close to breaking through into the first team once the 2010-11 Season gets underway on the 7th August.

Slight knocks will continue to keep Chris McCann and Martin Paterson sidelined as a precaution. The pitch also means that Chris Iwelumo and Tyrone Mears will not be risked.

Let`s hope the Clarets who fly back to the UK on Monday end their tour on a high note. August the 7th is getting closer and closer and there is now currently just one remaining scheduled friendly after today to be played against Stoke on Saturday 31st July (Kick-Off 3pm). This is a 'home` game for the Clarets but was moved to the Galpharm Stadium in Huddersfield whilst the pitch improvements at Turf Moor are completed in time for the season kick-off game at home to Nottingham Forest a week later. Brian Laws though could arrange another friendly before the season kicks-off due to the Accrington match at the Crown Ground scheduled for next Tuesday night being called off due to the local inclement weather affecting pitch improvements.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 24 2010

Time: 8:03AM

Your Comments

This sounds a better test for ther lads. I know folk will say friendly results do not matter but it's still better to be saying that when you win rather than lose! Laws must be close now to deciding what his first team choice might be for the season kick-off game. Would anybody like to predict his first starting eleven of the season? Certainly competition from the strikers who are all on fire and scoring. Iwelumo and Thompson could be a good pairing with maybe Paterson if we start playing 4-3-3. Jay Rod needs to break through now though or he will probably get itchy feet. Pato being left out in these friendlies due to a slight knock might work against him
turfmanphil
I thought the kick-off was at 10 darn it :-)
8clarets8
David Edgar is proving to be a great replacement for Greeza
Totally_Claret
Line-ups:Burnley: Jensen, Fox, Duff, Bikey, Eckersley, Alexander, Wallace, Marney, Elliott, Eagles, Thompson. Subs: Mawson, Carlisle, Harvey, McDonald, Edgar, Cort, Rodriguez, Easton, Fletcher. Singapore: Mahbud, Baharudin, Shah, Yunos, Hanapi, Jiayi, Sulaiman, Ishak, Amri, Harun, Hasan. Subs: Jantan, Casmir, Ashibilie, Nawaz, Wilkinson, Nizam, Hameed, Arifin, Hamzah, Masturi, Chang, Mahbud
8clarets8
Thought they were only allowed seven subs? I make that nine?
turfmanphil
Maybe only 7 will be allowed to be picked from the 9?
8clarets8
Yep,that must be it
turfmanphil
They are playing just one up front. Thommo supported by Wallace and Eagles on flanks
turfmanphil
After a bright start there has been little goalmouth action and the score remains 0-0 at half time on a hot and humid night in the Jelan Besar Stadium. The Singapore Select team had the ball in the net in first few minutes but it was ruled offside. Thommo.Duff and Marney came close for Clarets too in openning spell before game became a midfield scrap
turfmanphil
Two changes for start of second half, Cort on for Eckersley with Duff going into right back position. Edgar on for Alexander in holding midfield role
turfmanphil
Clarets break deadlock on 50 minutes to go 1-0 up! Free kick drilled home superbly by Eagles after Marney upended on edge of box
turfmanphil
On the hour mark, McDonald and Rodriguez come on to replace Marney and Thompson
turfmanphil
74 minutes-Carlisle & Easton now on for Bikey & Fox. Just one more sub allowed now
turfmanphil
Thats it Full Time and 1-0 Clarets so our 100% pre-season of wins continues
turfmanphil
Great win
Totally_Claret
While posting a comment on the first game of this tour, there was an ad up on this site with the headline 'make your breasts bigger'. Honestly, first time I saw it I thought it said 'make your beasts bigger'. Well... it sounds as though Beast did make himself big at a couple of key moments in the FIS Asian Challenge Cup. As Laws says, still some work to do.
Couch Potato
 

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