Match Preview: Harimau Muda vs Hougang United

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After being cruelly beaten at the hands of Geylang International last Tuesday, the Cheetahs are now playing in the plate competition of the Starhub League Cup after finishing bottom of Group C.

The consolation is, the Cheetahs will face a homesick Harimau Muda side trying to find their confidence back on the pitch, after all their League Cup games being played in Singapore, all ended up in heavy defeats. Only a second half resurgent by the Young Tigers managed to keep them in the competition.

Although on paper, the plate competition means the Cheetahs have nothing much to play for in the competition, however winning this fixture would mean a reunion against a familiar figure in the club. A Warriors win in the other plate semifinal means the Cheetahs will meet Alex Weaver – something the neutrals and the Hougang faithfuls would be interested to look at.

However, the Harimau Muda side is not an easy obstacle to overcome. Right full back Ashmawi Yakin showed he was a constant thorn on the Cheetahs left wing with his mazy runs and excellent ball control. His pass found striker Ridzuan Abdunloh, who scored their only goal in a 3-1 victory for the Cheetahs back in April.

However, the Cheetahs will be constantly reminding the rest of the league that they are a resurgent side. Albeit the displays so far in the league cup, the Cheetahs have been slaying the top sides in the League and the Singapore Cup, prior to the League Cup competition. Besides that, the players will be raring to go to give two good final displays in this competition and grab the plate prize of SGD $5,000.

Coach Johana Johari will have a full squad to choose from, and will probably give his reserves a bit of a run out against a Harimau Muda side, which only won twice on Singapore soil so far.

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