|Off to Asia again with this Cup win by Home United|
Just days ago a friend of mine suggested that the Protectors are the fittest side among the S. League clubs with the tough regime imposed by the former Korean international since his arrival at Bishan-based club three years ago.
All it took was two quick set-pieces goal in the early stages of the first half to inflict the damages on their opponents to set the momentum right for Home United to wrap up their second Cup win under Coach Lee with a convincing 4-1 scoreline.
|Shahril Jantan won the Cup two-on-a-roll|
Said the decorated custodian:"I think that this team is fitter as compared to the previous teams I played for,
"We had a very tough pre-season training tour in Korea that we run a lot to build up our fitness level in Jeju island."
"However, we did not forget the tactical side of our game since the coach emphasizes a lot of pressing football that requires a lot of fitness." added the former SAFFC skipper.
|First blow delivered in the 13th minute by Sirina Camara|
|Hafiz Rahim (left) laid the cross over for Home's third goal in 27th minute|
Said Shahril:"It's just that we hit the 'fifth gear' too late in the season (for us to challenge for the title) but it shows towards the end of the season we can play high-energy level of football."
Echoed the similar sentiment in the post-match press conference, Coach Lee pledged his target next season would be the S.League title.
|Monsef Zerka (right) was shadowed everywhere he went|
|Jaguars simply found it tough going|
Reviewing the match itself, the Korean lauded the efforts shown by his boys, not just on the last evening win but also of the whole season.
"We had worked hard this season and especially we got the result we need tonight." said Coach Lee.
Already three-nil up at half time, the instruction to his team was to continue with attacking football which Coach Lee explained to the media.
|Coach Lee (right) with Jaguars' John Wilkinson (16) after the match|
Having lost out on becoming the first man to achieve "Triple-Crown" in Singapore football, Tanjong Pagar United coach Patrick Vallee was not disappointed with the washout last night, rather he felt the Jaguars' season had fulfilled with the achievements the club had targeted in the first place.
"It is not the worst performance tonight," said the silver-haired coach in defending his side's less-than-desired outing.
|Coach Vallee not disappointed as Jaguars met their targets|
"And I think what is important in football is we must not forget what is our first objective." added the former Etoile FC coach that steered the French squad to a League and League Cup double back in 2010.
Following this result, Home United will be representing Singapore in next season AFC Cup tournament with their most recent showing in 2012 that saw they made it to the round of 16.