|Referee Muhd Taqi (right) sticking close to action|
Prior to the start of the match at Jurong West, the equation was simple - the Stags, for having trailing large part of the season behind eventual winners Brunei DPMM, need to beat Malaysian developmental squad by two clear goals while hoping Balestier Khalsa could repeat another giant-killing act by defeat the Wasps at home to ensure the fifteen-kilogram silverware remain in the Republic (although the league authority had it flown to Brunei, as reported in the papers).
|Referee Taqi flashed his first red in the 35th minute to Isa Halim|
|Mateo Roskam (left) engaged in an aerial battle|
Soon after which the match turned pretty physical that any spark could trigger any form of free-for-all that would put the match officials under intense pressure to keep things in order which also meant the use of red card to serve as a form of deterrent like midfield anchorman Isa Halim was the first of the book when he shown straight red on his face for the violent conduct in the 35th minute.
|Harimau Muda protested the spot-kick decision in the 55th minute|
|Rodrigo Tosi battled out for the possession|
|"Along" was given the marching order barely seconds onto the field|
That harsh act witnessed a bust-up that the former national striker had to be restrained by a group of his team-mates before ushered to the dressing room for that near five minute of standoff.