|Anxious moments for Balestier (yellow)|
One would expect the Japanese side to go all out to secure a bigger buffer in the second-leg of RHB Singapore Cup semi-final match against Balestier Khalsa whom they had a wafer-thin one-goal advantage carried into this match.
|Atsushi Kawata (left) closely monitored|
Barred for some anxious moments in the Balestier's penalty area in the first half when Albirex found themselves tried to break down the Tigers' resilience at the back, there wasn't much action to keep the sporadic crowds at the ground or viewers at home at the edge of their seats.
|Ho Wai Loon (right) kept things check against Tatsuro Inui|
With this victory, the reigning League Cup holders confirmed their berth in the Cup final where they will be facing Tampines Rovers, their closest rivals in the S.League title as well.
When asked if it would be a concern for his side to take on the Stags twice in four days apart in late October with the potential title race decider on the 26th followed by the final on the 29th , Albirex's coach Naoki Naruo elected to stay focused on their next league fixture against Geylang International on 22nd of this month.
|Niko Tokic (left) in tussle with Shuto Inaba|
“I am happy with the tonight's result and it was a difficult match when it was played on natural turf (unlike the artificial surface at Jurong East) that we were not able to play our usual passing game, but I am satisfy with the team's overall performance this evening.” he added.