But what I did realize was Canadian winger Jordan Webb was the man of the night for the wrong reason when he came so close to end the trophy drought of the under-achievers in the dying moments of the second half of the extra time, before agonizingly saw his spot-kick saved by White Swans' keeper Yoshito Matsushita that gifted the Japanese their first ever title since joining S.League in 2003.
According to one of the tweets I gathered Webb was inconsolable that he was not present at the prize presentation.
"Both teams started cautiously and it was never easy for us having played four games in ten days, but it was an entertaining game that unfortunately had to settle on penalties.
"The boys did everything in this game and now we just have to look forward to the Singapore Cup, also their (Albirex) win tonight shown the quality they have that they aren't here to make up numbers and this is best Albirex side I seen in years." said the former national skipper at the end of the day lauded his opponents' achievement.
"Hougang is a very good team and to able to beat them under such circumstances also meant my team are mentally strong as well, as they are a fast and aggressive side." opined coach Sugiyama on his fellow finalists.
"At the same time, I would like to thank the whosoever is involved with the club for the victory tonight and with that we will now channel our attention in the S.League title race, as well as the Singapore Cup."
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