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October 7, 2012 7:45 PM SGT
Jalan Besar Stadium — Singapore
Referee:‬ Mohd Yazeen Buhari‎
Attendance:‬ 1248‎
 
 
 
 
Imran Sahib 90+5′
Top of the Match
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To Be Announced Shortly
Aleksandar Duric
Aleksandar Duric
Tampines Rovers FC
Flop of the Match
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To Be Announced Shortly

Loyola 0-3 Tampines: Duric brace helps Stags to Singapore Cup final

The 42-year-old striker struck twice in the last 15 minutes to help send the Philippines outfit packing as Tampines advanced to the Singapore Cup final, where they will face SAFFC.

Tampines Rovers, Balestier Khalsa, Jamil Ali
Zeng Liwei
    
JALAN BESAR STADIUM
By Khalis Rifhan
@KhalisRifhan

 

Tampines Rovers are through to the Singapore Cup final, after surviving early scares from Loyola Meralco Sparks in the second leg of their semi-final at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Two goals from evergreen striker Aleksandar Duric and an injury-time goal from Imran Sahib in the last quarter of the match finally broke the resistance of the energetic Philippines outfit, who gave their all despite already being 2-0 down from the first-leg.

Tampines Rovers started in a 4-3-3 attacking formation, while the Sparks went with a more conventional 4-4-2. But despite adopting a more offensive approach, the Stags were left sitting deep in their own half as the foreign side dominated the game early on.

Alexandro Elnar and Korean Jang Jowon were making full use of the space available to them down the flanks, as they constantly supplied ammunition to the Younghusband brothers.

Tampines full-backs Anaz Hadee and Ismadi Mukhtar were unable to keep pace with the speedy duo on numerous occasions, which put their team in dangerous situations.

Jang did well to leave his markers behind before advancing into the box, but his driven shot was well gathered by Stags custodian Sasa Dreven.

Moments later, Tampines poured forward on a break down the right as Gligor Glogorov cut the ball back into the box for Noh Alam Shah, who somehow failed to hit the target from eight yards out.

James Younghusband wasted two glorious opportunities to put his side in front, with his first shot going well wide before seeing another attempt resulting in a stupendous save from Dreven in the 28th minute.

Ten minutes later, it was Sparks goalkeeper Ref Cuaresma’s turn to show his abilities, as he palmed away Noh Alam Shah’s effort from point-blank range.

With both teams eager to break the deadlock, things flared up midway through the second half as players from both sides had a heated exchange of words.

As a result of that incident, Chad Gould of Sparks and Tampines' Mustafic Fahrudin and Anaz Hadee were all booked by referee Yazmeen Buhari.

Things got better for Tampines after coach Tay Peng Kee decided to take off former national player Alam Shah for Jamil Ali in the 76th minute.

Jamil’s introduction proved to be the turning point in the game, as he assisted Duric for the first goal of the game just two minutes later.

Six minutes later, the substitute blitzed past the Sparks defence before cutting the ball back for Duric to tap home a simple finish for his second goal of the night.

The Sparks defence was all over the place by now, and the Stags grabbed a third goal courtesy of Imran Sahib in injury time to seal their place in the final.

Tampines thus advance to the final with an aggregate score of 5-0, and they will meet SAFFC on October 28 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.



Loyola Meralco Sparks FC

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Jo-Won Jang
Defender
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R. Dorlas
Defender
83′
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Min-Ho Park
Defender
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S. Greatwich
Midfielder
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James Younghusband
Midfielder
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Mark Hartmann
Striker
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Tampines Rovers FC

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Saša Dreven
Goalkeeper
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3
Jufri Taha
Defender
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4
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2
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12
Anaz Hadee
Defender
69′
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9
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11
Imran Sahib
Midfielder
95′
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8
Ahmad Latiff
Midfielder
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18
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Substitutes

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Jayon Cutamora
Midfielder
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Michael Menzi
Goalkeeper
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Substitutes

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Amran Addin
Goalkeeper
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14
Sazali Salleh
Midfielder
60′
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12
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17
Jamil Ali
Midfielder
76′
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Moncef Zerka Moncef Zerka
Striker
Tanjong Pagar
5 0
Jozef Kapláň Jozef Kapláň
Defender
5 0
Ismael Benhamed Ismael Benhamed
Striker
4 0
Kamel Ramdani Kamel Ramdani
Midfielder
Tanjong Pagar
3 1
Masrezwan Masturi Masrezwan Masturi
Striker
Tanjong Pagar
3 0