As the result of the concluding matches played over the past few days saw the emerging of the "FINAL FOUR" for one of the holy grails in Singapore football.
ALBIREX NIIGATA (SINGAPORE)
The reigning League Cup winners are the on the course of gunning their second title of the season after eliminated SAFFC on penalties after a 2-2 draw on aggregate at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
|(Picture above) Koichi Sugiyama is the most successful coach to date of the White Swans since they joined the league in 2004|
I was actually at the "next door" when the second leg of the Home United-Tampines Rovers quarter-finals took place at the Bishan Stadium.
Unfortunately, I was not able to have a clear view from where I was and had to depend on the "tweets" updating to keep my abreast on what going on and finally saw the Protectors triumphed over their fellow title-contenders on penalties as well on the same night like Albirex did.
|Some coaches were asking why Home United's Firdaus Idros was not selected for the Lions|
The Cheetahs survived a scare at the Jalan Besar when they found themselves against a resilient Okkthar United who were keen to overcome that 3-0 deficit incurred in the first-leg at Hougang Stadium.
Just like at the Cheetahs' lair, the Burmese side was backed by a voracious fans' supporters that was not often seen in local league match that one "tweet" update remarked the Hougang Hools were drowned out by these expat supporters.
Gombak United coach Darren Stewart took full responsibility for their 3-1 second-leg loss against Etoile FC that saw them knocked out of RHB Singapore Cup which he felt that the game plan for this wet surface encounter against the defending champions were not executed.
With that win Etoile will meet Home Utd in the semi final of the premier Cup competition of local football alongside with Albirex Niigata (S) and Hougang Utd to complete the FINAL FOUR setup.
Although the French paid a price for having saw a few of their key players ruled out for the semi-final due to suspension, which coach Guglielmo Arena is confident that with the squad he has it's not an issue to dwell on.
|Kevin Lefranc's 10th minute strike opened the account for the French.|