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[Starhub League Cup] Woodlands Crushed Out on agony... [edited]

Agony for Shariff Samat
"The penalty was the turning point of the game and we should have won the game in the first half." said Woodlands Wellington coach Salim Moin after his team crashed out of the Starhub League Cup with a 1-0 loss at home to defending holders DPMM in the semi-final.

Indeed, should that spot kick converted by Korean import Moon Soon Ho in the 28th minute, the dimension of the match would have changed, especially the visitors were deemed the less unlikely side to make it to the Saturday's final to face Balestier Khalsa for their poor form in the league of late.

Nonetheless, cup game is always different breed as compared to the league match with wins at all for the former setting and eventually saw a well-taken free kick in the second half by Hendra Azam in the 50th minute to seal the game.

DPMM celebrated after took the lead

As such, a costly error by Moon in the first half proved to be a fatal one which seems to have some damages done to the Rams confidence after which.

Still, backed by their vocal supporters in the stands, Woodlands tried and fought till the last kick of the game but to not avail and resulted a chance to repeat the glory they last did in 2007.

Atsushi Shimono (6) fought hard for ball
Moon Soon Ho (right) tussled in air
Despite the heartbreaking loss, the former Singapore international is pleased with the effort shown by his charges when he lauded their performance in the post-match media conference.

Said Coach Salim:"Both teams did not want to lose the game and we aren't defensive either in the match, I am very proud of my team for making it to the semi-finals and among the top six of the league.

DPMM GK Wardun Yussof kept things in order
Final Whistle moment - relief and agony

Rams' coach Salim is proud of his boys' display

"As for now, we will have to forget about this game and try to achieve what we targeted in the first place, I am confident and have faith in my team for doing so." he added.

However, the one-time Balestier Khalsa coach also highlighted the lengthy break in between games (as how this evening match being scheduled) could be one factor led to fatigue as he opined:"I felt that resting period (in between games) is too long and it could lead to lead to staleness and complacency,"

"During this period, it has been difficult for us to arrange friendly matches to maintain the match fitness, which I think teams should have competitive games to keep the rhythm going."

There will be two matches being played on this coming Saturday's (14/9) Starhub League Cup Finals.
  • The Plate Final match between Courts Young Lions and Harimau Muda (match kick-off at 5pm)
  • The Cup Final match between Balestier Khalsa and Brunei DPMM (7.45pm)

Tickets for both finals ($7 for Adult and $3 for Concession) will be sold on match days only. Fans may purchase their tickets from Ticketbooth’s website, the 12 TicketBooth outlets, or AXS machines island-wide from 12 midnight until 2pm on match-day. The ticket sales will continue from 3pm onwards at Jalan Besar Stadium North Gate.

All ticket redemption (for online and AXS purchases) can be done at the 12 TicketBooth outlets during their operating hours or at the Jalan Besar Stadium on match-day, using the sales receipt. Each ticket entitles the holder entry to both the plate and cup finals. Further ticketing details as stated below:

*Students aged below 16 years and Senior Citizens aged 60 years and above have to produce their concession passes upon entry into the stadium. Concession tickets are also applicable to children, aged 7 and below without concession passes, and who require a seat in the stadium.

All ticket prices are inclusive of ticketing fees.

StarHub League Cup Final match will also be broadcast “LIVE” from Jalan Besar Stadium on 14 September at 7.45pm on StarHub SuperSports Arena Channel 201.

(Above-mentioned details were extracted from FAS media release dated 11th September 2013)


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