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Balestier Khalsa coach Darren Stewart was a gracious loser despite losing the game to Woodlands Wellington, while counterpart Salim Moin agreed his side took their chances well

Fresh from winning the League Cup, Balestier Khalsa were brought back down to earth with a 2-1 loss to Woodlands Wellington on Thursday evening at the Toa Payoh Stadium.

However, the respective teams’ coaches expressed their happiness with their team’s performances, even though Balestier coach Darren Stewart was on the losing side.

Woodlands coach Salim Moin stated the reason they won was because his side played efficiently and took their chances well, even though their first goal came via an unfortunate own goal by Obadin Aikhena.

“It was not lucky, the intention [to score] was there because we played with the wind; the intention of scoring was there,” he insisted.

“They (the players) understood the game plan and the key was to stop their (Balestier's) midfield play and I felt they did well. They (Balestier) got the ball and they pumped it forward and they were just hoping for the best.

“So whoever take their chances well, they will win the game and we won the game [because we did so].”

Stewart agreed with Salim that his side lost because they did not put the ball away despite creating more opportunities, but insisted he was still happy with how his side played.

“We had seven or eight chances and the boys were tremendous,” he asserted.

“Tonight we didn’t win because we didn’t put the ball in the net, we didn’t put away the chances and they did."

Stewart also brushed off the effects of the defeat to Rams and said his team’s record spoke for itself.

“I am really proud of the boys but losing momentum, mate? We have only lost two games in 19, how is that losing momentum?,” an incredulous Stewart said.

“We played well [tonight], the performance was outstanding from a tired team that played magnificent all year and today they were tremendous, they played really well but they just couldn’t score.”

Having moved to be level on points with Home United in the league, Salim was understandably happy and said his players’ effort was to be appreciated.

“Of course I am very happy, we have moved to the same position with Home United so the credit must go to the players for showing this gutsy performance to the end,” the Rams coach said.


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