|Zaiful dived to deny Mustafic's spot-kick|
Following a nail biting end to their Round Two league fixtures that saw pipped ahead of their "Pinball" rivals, Hougang United to be among the top echelon of the league table, the Tigers had to endure another nerve-wrecking moments before making to another major Cup Final second year on running (they won the League Cup last year).
|The ball hit my shin in the end after out of play|
Speaking to the official site (sleague.com) before the match, the Croatian said:“When you are a goal down, you must attack from the first minute. We must score at least two goals and win the game. We need to focus on attack now,”
|(L-R) Kiwis in action - Jake Butler and Paul Cunningham|
The match also saw the welcoming back in action for Balestier's defence lynchpin Paul Cunningham after a lengthy absence due to an operation months ago and New Zealander put up a stellar performance to keep the usual potent Tampines frontline at bay.
|Cunningham's header levelled the aggregate|
From there onwards, it was another Balestier player who stolen the limelight of the evening.
Facing national midfielder Shahdan Sulaiman, his former Lion City Cup squad mate for the Tampines' first attempt, Zaiful Nizam dived the right way to deny the Stags before repeated the same act against Fahrudin Mustafic.
"I always learned and watched their body positioning before they took their kicks, while making sure I would not make any movement before they did." said Balestier's 'keeper-cum-captain after making those two saves and scored the final kick that propelled his team to the red-letter date in November.
|Balestier's chairman Mr S Thavaneson after the win|
"I'm proud of the team today, as everyone is working very hard and I just need to save the penalty to advance to the final."
- The match ended 2-2 on aggregate after extra-time and proceed to the penalty decider
- Tampines Rovers' takers: Shahdan Sulaiman (saved), Mustafic Fahrudin (saved), Jacob Butler (scored)
- Balestier Khalsa's takers: Paul Cunningham (scored), Emir Lotinac (scored), Kim Minho (scored), Zaiful Nizam (scored)