After the final whistle, the LionsXII players and officials surveyed the stands and scurried into the dugout as water bottles thumped against the fibreglass shelter.
True to Bruising Borneo Battle tradition, Sarawak – players and 15,000 fans – hurled abuse, blared air horns, swung elbows, lit flares, flashed middle fingers and launched water bottles – in a bid to unsettle the Singaporean side during and after the physical Malaysian Super League match.
But for the second time in two months, following January’s 1-0 away win at Sabah, the LionsXII stood their ground, refused to be intimidated and escaped with all three points and their unbeaten away record intact.
Shahril Ishak's 73rd minute penalty put the depleted LionsXII third in the standings, three points behind leaders Kelantan.
The 1-0 win prompted coach V Sundramoorthy to declare that the team have a chance to fight for the title when their key players return to fitness.