|HUFC's skipper Shi Jiayi hoisted the Cup|
Cautious play from both sides dominated much of the play with Albirex stroking the ball around the park with possessive tactics that failed to shackle the rock solid defence line of Rosman Sulaiman, Kenji Arai and man-of-the-match, Valery Hiek.
|Valery Hiek (no 13) - rock solid in the Protectors defence|
|Did the officials spot this "infringement" to deny Mendy first?|
Again with the match being perceived to head into the cruelty of penalty shootout, the lanky Frenchman finished off from close range off a Hiek latch-on header from inside the box to send the Cup to Bishan Stadium.
Agony for Albirex's 'keeper Yoshito Matsushita (no 1) after the match
Instead, it'll be back to the business the following day as the victorious Protectors will be at their Bishan base for their recovery session ahead of the ultimate clash against Tampines Rovers on coming Wednesday.
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