Monday, October 29, 2012



SINGAPORE - SAFFC dug deep to come from behind and give outgoing coach Richard Bok a perfect sending off, when they defeated Tampines Rovers 2-1 in the RHB Singapore Cup final at the Jalan Besar Stadium tonight. 

Tampines first took the lead in the 25th minute, thanks to a mistake by SAFFC goalkeeper Shahril Jantan in the 25th minute.

The 31-year-old had dived to palm away an in-swinging cross from Tampines midfielder Ismadi Mukhtar. However, instead of tipping the ball over the bar, he ended up knocking it into his own net as his defenders watched on in horror.

Although SAFFC fashioned few goal scoring chances, they eventually managed to draw level from a 78th minute corner kick when Shimpei Sakurada beat a horde of yellow shirts to the ball to slam it home.

SAFFC substitute Erwan Gunawan then won it for the Warriors in injury time when he hammered home from inside the box after the Tampines defence failed to clear their lines, raising the roof at Jalan Besar. 

This is Bok's seventh major trophy with the Warriors, after four league titles and two Singapore Cup wins in a period of dominance between 2006 and 2009. 

The result also shatters Tampines' hopes of achieving a league and cup double this season. 

The Stags are currently leading DPMM Brunei in the league by a point, and must win their final match of the this week against Malaysia's Harimau Muda to clinch the league crown. DPMM are hosting Balestier Khalsa in Brunei Darussalam on the same day.

In the earlier match for third and fourth place, Gombak United demolished Loyola Meralco Sporks FC of the Philippines 4-0.

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