Friday, June 21, 2013

Tampines fail to get revenge in Starhub League Cup

Tampines Rovers lost again to Balestier Khalsa, this time in the spotkick, after they drew their match 3-3.

The Tigers open the scoring in the quarter-final at the Toa Payoh Stadium after a left-wing cross from Qiu Li was inexplicably headed by Ismadi Mukhtar into his own net.

However, it did not last long with the visitors equalising six minutes later when Shahdan Sulaiman's freekick was deflected into the path of Aleksandar Duric, who made no mistake in smashing a volley home from six yards out, but Balester reclaimed the lead again when Kim Min-ho skipped past a challenge on the edge of the box and smashed a left-footed strike past Ridhuan Barudin.

Tampines pulled level once more in the second period when debutant Ruzaini Zainal, who came on for Ismadi just before the break, tore down the right and whipped in a cross that was swept home by Khairul Amri, and they took the lead when Jaslee Hatta, in a bid to prevent Shahdan's neat pass from reaching Jamil Ali, could only stab the ball into his own net.

But with nine minutes remaining, Zulkiffli Hassim did brilliantly to create space for himself on the edge of the area with a sharp turn and fired his shot into the bottom corner to make it 3-3 and send the game into extra time.

With neither side able to find a fourth goal in extra-time it went to penalties where Balestier won 4-3.

Balestier Khalsa
Zaiful Nizam (GK), Jaslee Hatta, Yusiskandar Yusop, Obadin Aikhena, Paul Cunningham (C), Syed Thaha, Poh Yi Feng, Park Kang Jin, Tengku Mushadad, Qiu Li, Vitor Borges (Ruhaizad Ismail 68'), Kim Minho(Zulkiffli Hassim 81')

Tampines Rovers

Ridhuan Barudin (GK), Jufri Taha, Kunihiro Yamashita, Seiji Kaneko, Ismadi Mukhtar (Fazil Zailani 45'), Fahrudin Mustafic (C), Imran Sahib, Firdaus Kasman (Khariul Amri 45'(Ahmed Fahmie)), Shahdan Sulaiman, Jamil Ali, Aleksandar Duric

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