|Chupe is the hero of the night for Hougang|
The solitary goal in the 72nd minute by Equatoguinean striker Francisco Salvador Elá, popularly known as Chupe, was all the Cheetahs needed to seal the all three points in the match that saw the visiting Eagles dominated much of the proceedings, especially in the first half when the visitors were having much of the possession in play but failed to take their chances well.
It was something acknowledged by Eagles' coach Jorg Steinebrunner when assessing his team performance of the evening.
|Close shave for Hougang's 'keeper Ahmadulhaq Che Omar|
"In the second half, we still have some chances but we gave away the ball too cheaply and after that (goal was scored), it was back to ten men in the box,
"It was a game we should not lose today that I am disappointed when we should be more smarter in our decision making and it was a lapse of two minutes that cost us the points where we supposed to look a little bit more composed." summarized the former Woodlands Wellington defender who is having an impressive showing from the bench so far this season after notching notable victories over the "Big Three" (i.e.: Tampines Rovers, Warriors FC and Home United) in recent weeks.
|Another Eagles' attempt foiled in the box|
"I always believe in my players who worked hard, well-organized and were awesome in this game." lauded the former Singapore international on his boys' performance after the game.
"It's all about having self belief in ourselves despite losing (in the past matches) and we can see it that really paid off even when we have a players down with cramps towards the end of the game."
|Muhaymin Salim in agony before he suffered cramps|
Said the former Gombak United coach:"Cup competition is a different ball game and I think it will be a good fight between us and Global FC who have a few good foreign players when I saw they played recently against Pahang in the AFC Cup, we just need to tune up certain game by playing the same formation since we don't know their strength and I hope my players will raise to the occasion."