Six teams have been eliminated from the 2015 The New Paper League Cup competition, including the 2014 champions Brunei DPMM. Only four teams now stand a chance of lifting the trophy with Geylang International and Albirex Niigata (S) facing each other in the first semi-final on Sunday night before Hougang United meet Balestier Khalsa in the second semi-final the following day.
Eagles vs Swans. Cheetahs vs Tigers. From a zoological mascot perspective, it could not be more fitting.
Balestier Khalsa had qualified for the semi-final in style, emerging undefeated in what many what had dubbed the tournament’s “group of death”. A 4:0 wallop of 2014 S.League champions Warriors F.C. was followed by a 2:2 draw with V. Sundramoorthy’s Tampines Rovers.
The Tigers’ top scorer Miroslav Kristic, with 10 goals this season in all competition, will be looking to add more to his League Cup tally of 3 goals. Only Geylang International’s Bruno Castanheira has scored more in the tournament. The most valuable player in the competition will take home a $1,000 bonus and while the award will not necessarily go to the top scorer, it won’t hurt anyone’s chances to have a few more notches in their goal tally.
For their part, Hougang United will hope to repeat the performance that gave them a 1:0 win over Brunei DPMM. That victory over the 2014 League Cup winners was not the first time they have defeated the reigning champions in this tournament. In the very first match of the 2014 edition, Hougang United had defeated the 2013 League Cup champions – none other than Balestier Khalsa.
Hougang United Football Club vs Balestier Khalsa Football Club
2015 The New Paper League Cup Semi-Final
6th July 2015, Monday
8:30 pm, Jalan Besar Stadium
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