Wednesday, September 30, 2015


The Cups Floweth Over

Ok so at first glance a 3-1 reverse may not seem the best result in the world but do not underestimate Amri Yahya's late goal for Johor Darul Tazim last night against Qadsia. It was always going to be a tough night against the AFC Cup holders

Doris Fuakuputu gave the home team the lead in the first half and the experienced Bader Al Motowa made it a two goal cushion when he converted from the spot just before half time. Seydouba Soumah made it 3-0 on 58 minutes and the tie seemed all but over for JDT. However substitute Amri Yahya, on for Gary Steven Robbat, pulled back a consolation on 82 minutes that could be oh so vital going into the second leg at the Larkin Stadium.

In Indonesia the draw has been made for the President Cup.

03/10 Arema v Sriwijaya
04/10 Mitra Kukar v Persib

10/10 Persib v Mitra Kukar
11/10 Sriwijaya v Persib

I am not sure Persib will be too upset about journeying to Palembang for the second was there after all they were confirmed Indonesia Super League champions last year. The haze, though, could yet prove to be the elephant in the room with many flights being delayed in and out of Sumatra at the moment.

Can they still call the Singapore Cup the Singapore Cup? Tonight sees the semi final stage with a Filipino, Brunei, Japanese side vie for a spot in the final alongside one Singapore representative; Home United.

30/09 Global v Albirex Niigata
30/09 DPMM v Home United

Second legs to be played Friday. Again the threat of the haze looms over the ties with SLeague games recently postponed thanks to be the poisonous air.

In the Malaysia Cup JDT's second string side, known as JDT II headed north to Alor Setar to take on Kedah and returned with a 3-2 win thanks to the Singapore influence. Shahril Ishak gave the visitors the lead on 15th minute before Sandro da Silva restored local pride on 38 minutes. It was then the turn of Baihakki Khaizan to get on the score sheet, netting in injury time of the first half.

Chidi Edeh raised the roof for the home side on 55 minutes when he levelled but any thoughts they could kick on for a win were dashed when Zaquan Adha made it 3-2 with 11 minutes. Could a JDT side appear in the AFC Cup Final and the Malaysia Cup Final? That would certainly be something different...

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