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"Matchpix" - April - July 2014 (sorry for the delay...)

(P.S: If you access this site via "come . to/ matchpix ", please click the "Facebook" icon after you click "HERE" when you want to view the album as that will redirect you to the album, thank you) Long before you think I am not longer taking shots from the pitchside as active as I used to, I managed to compile a few along the way sporadically (After all, it was quite an investment I had for those gears). AFC Cup - Home Utd 2-1 Churchill Brothers 2/4/14 Home United was one of the two sides played in the AFC Cup tournament few months ago and didn't make it to the next phrase like they last did in 2012. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES Touring of the new National Stadium 21/5/14 Glad it is ready by now that when I was there to see the pitch surface of the new stadium, I did have my doubts with all those rumbles and constructions still ongoing around the arena. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE SHOTS

[Starhub League Cup] Wrong Trophy, Faulty Goalposts and Sport Science ...

To sum up this year's Starhub League Cup is nothing less than the number of weird occurrences that took place before and during the proceedings. Started off from the line was the relevant body that oversee this mid-year spectacle placed a full-page print advertisement on The New Paper to drum the awareness. The print advert on TNP on 6th July Nothing wrong for that until a friend of mine texted me to raise a few issues and for my concern was the League Cup trophy, itself, wasn't featured beside the World Cup trophy on the page but the S.League title trophy. Rounding up the embarrassment was enticing the fans to turn up at any stadium "near" their home for some League Cup actions, before heading off to the community clubs to watch the action in Brazil, whose broadcast rights were held by another provider, a rival to Starhub. It wasn't that long before incidents on the field hogged the limelight. The match scheduled between Tampines Rovers and Warrior

[Starhub League Cup] Jaguars hit the kerb at the Final hurdle

Coach Vallee led Jaguars to two Cup Finals Two defensive errors that took place before the interval and shortly after the break proved fatal for Tanjong Pagar United that eventually saw them went down 2-0 in the hands of Brunei DPMM, the current league leaders in the Starhub League Cup Final played last evening. The mid-year spectacle had proven to a resuscitation of form for the Queenstown-based side of having a chance to live up to their full potential that was hindered at the start of the year due to injuries of several key players. Thumping victories in the group stages over Albirex Niigata (Singapore) and Police SA had drawn the Jaguars to face powerhouses Warriors FC in the quarterfinals and a hard fought victory against Hougang United in the semis before clinching the berth to their second successive Cup final. Monsef Zerka (11) in aerial duel  However, things didn't go according to the plan for Patrick Vallee's men in this televised showdown in front of

[Starhub League Cup] Backfired? As "Fresh Looking" Warriors crashed out

Teams marching out ... (c) 2014 Ko Po Hui It was a night that things did not go according to the script with Warriors FC found themselves knocked out of the only tournament they have yet to win since they were known as Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC) in local football fraternity. A solitary strike in the extra time from former national striker Firduas Idros was deemed enough to see Tanjong Pagar United to the semi final phrase for another juicy encounter against Hougang United awaiting them. For this match, Warriors coach Alex Weaver fielded a much superior-looking side as compared to the team he had against Geylang International that caused quite a stir in the running up to this Queenstown tie. Having rested the majority of his key players during the 4-0 thrashing by the Eagles , the Englishman penciled the likes of Daniel Bennett, Shi Jiayi, Hafiz Rahim, Marin Vidosevic, etc. back to the starting eleven. In the first half, it was the Warriors who were

[Starhub League Cup] SRC enter the Plate gracefully

Credible display by SRC (white shorts) Despite losing both their group matches in the Starhub League Cup on close margin, NFL side Singapore Recreation Club (SRC) had won applauds for their efforts by bowing out gracefully after their 2-0 defeat to Home United at the Bishan Stadium last night. The defeat against the Protectors came days after they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by another S . League side Woodlands Wellington on last Friday. Unlike Police SA, their fellow NFL peers in the same tournament who suffered heavy losses in their campaign, the Padang-based club filled up their roster with a number of players who had experience in the professional scene, as compared to the law enforcers's base of mainly regular officers and full-time national servicemen. Aliimaran Lomri clears the ball In the meantime, owing to the tight fixtures that are scheduled ahead, Home United coach Lee Lim Saeng did not start a number of his regulars on the starting eleven with stars like Ko

[Starhub League Cup] Tigers need a favour from Cheetahs now...

Tigers' keeper Zaiful Nizam also fumbled this cross Strange things had happened prior to the Starhub League Cup fixture between Brunei DPMM and Balestier Khalsa. While faulty goalposts were the reason behind the rescheduling of the match between Tampines Rovers and Warriors FC at Clementi Stadium the day before , the sights of lighting and flashes of thunders did not cause the activation of the Lighting Warning System (LWS) at the Jalan Besar Stadium when it should. Nonetheless, the game went ahead amid drizzling with defending holders Tigers came with a mission to win this match against two-time winners from the oil rich sultanate to avoid elimination from this tournament. All eyes on the ball True to what Tigers coach Marko Kraljevic said after their earlier 3-0 loss to Hougang that fresh legs would be brought for this live televised showdown, the evening saw the likes of Prime Leaguers Alando Nicholas and Muhaymin Salim in starting positions. It was a game that


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[Starhub League Cup] Toothless Tigers overhelmed by the Cheetahs

Defending Cup holders Balestier Khalsa are just a defeat away from being eliminated from the first major title they won last year , following a 3-0 whitewash by Hougang United who have been impressive this season since former international Amin Nasir took over during the mid-season last year. Geison Moura (left) opened the account It was a pretty physical Group D encounter between these two teams that banded together as the "Pinball Derby" - a term that was coined last season after former Cheetahs coach Johana Johari described the Tigers' game as "playing pinball" in their Singapore Cup Quarter-Final match that eventually saw the Toa Payoh-based side knocked the team from Hougang out of that tournament. Since then, many changes between the two had been taken place with the Balestier languished at the bottom half of the league with the Cheetahs riding on the crest of things that see them ranked as one of the "dark horses" for the league title r

Mass Mobilization for Austrian Trip ...

What's next on Coach Stange's (right) plan? ( file ) If I am not wrong, this must be the biggest group of players embarked on an oversea training tour in local football history. In a media released issued on 1st of July by the Football Association of Singapore, a total of 41 players from mainly the LionsXII and Courts Young Lions (based on one glance at the list since the name of the clubs of the selected players were omitted) are being grouped into the "Singapore National Team" (Lions) and "Under-23 National Team" (Cubs) for this Austrian trip from July 7-23. According to the statement, the objective of this trip to central Europe is "part of their preparations for the year-end ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup and next year’s South East Asian Games." On the look of things, it would be seen as " killing two birds with a stone" when a number of senior players will be readily to give a guiding hand to their junior peer