THE Philippine Under-23 men's football team fell short against Singapore, 1-0, for a rough start to its Southeast Asian Games campaign on Monday night at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
The U-23 Azkals put up a gallant stand against the host team, but gave up a late goal in the first half off the set piece.
Goalkeeper Jun Badelic shone brightest for the Filipino booters with numerous denials.
One shot he couldn't save, though, was Sheikh Abdul Hadi's free-kick conversion a minute before first-half stoppage time.
Skipper Jinggoy Valmayor and Arnel Amita botched chances for the Philippines, which continues its bid against Cambodia on Wednesday.