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"In an interview with Yahoo! Singapore, Zainudin (Nordin, FAS President) reiterated that the S-league will not become a "poorer cousin" once the LionsXII start their Malaysia Cup campaign."

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Dead Wood Feeling of A Cup ...

Somehow, the atmosphere for the ongoing Komoco Motors Singapore Cup tournament just don't seems to feel right at all.

It is a major cup semi-final phase we are now talking about but the ambience is as if nothing happened to set the stage right for the fans, if any, to fire up their imagination.

The semis are scheduled four days apart. (source)
Here we have a situation that not only could possibly see Brunei DPMM clinch a historical double but would also see any three of the local sides, namely Geylang International, Tampines Rovers and Warriors FC put an end to the "local drought" by claiming the Singapore Cup this season.

Having fumbled in their league title chase, the Stags knew it very well the Cup is their best hope to end their trophy drought after they last won the S.League title back in 2013.

But even with a two-goal advantage from their first-leg win over Geylang, their co-tenants at Our Tampines Hub, Tampines are well aware they shall never take things for granted especially the Eagles having knack of scoring crucial goals in the dying moments in any match which they did a few times during the league campaign.

One of the goals scored in the dying moments by Geylang this season

It is certainly not the best of a season for the once mighty Warriors FC who are struggling to revive their fortunes on the field, yet the Singapore Cup had thrown them a lifeline that saw them in the final four of this tournament after finished unbeaten in Group A.

It would have be a different story when they are due at home against DPMM later tonight, should Warriors' skipper Gabriel Quak converted his chance from the spot last weekend to level the series at one a piece.

However, given the wafer-thin lead brought over from the first leg, DPMM are well aware they must not be complacent, if not we could see another slip up on their part that almost derailed their league title chase at the closing stage at one point.

Highlights from DPMM-Warriors' semi-final (first-leg) match

The lack of ambience and anticipation that usually associated to a Cup competition might attribute to the fact that it is already approaching the end of the local football calendar that made the whole scheduling packed like a can of sardines.

Barely three days after the completion of the group stages, the first leg of the semi-final fixtures were held last Saturday (26th October) before staging of the second leg of the series later this evening with the final taking place on 2nd of November that will see the third/fourth placing match on the same day as well.

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