Tampines, Balestier to meet in Plate Final of League Cup

Tampines Rovers booked their place in the Plate Final of the Singapore League Cup in dominant fashion after cruising to a 9-0 win over Police SA on Saturday.

The Stags edged ahead at the Clementi Stadium in the 15th minute when Noh Alam Shah nodded Christopher van Huizen’s left-wing cross into the path of Jozef Kaplan, who made no mistake in finishing from two yards out.

On the stroke of halftime, Van Huizen once again found space down the left and floated in a good cross for Ang Zhi Wei to double his side’s lead with a towering header.

Three minutes after the break, Alam Shah created another goal as his persistence saw him win the ball on the left and curl in a delivery that was glanced home by Miljan Mrdakovic at the near post.

The favour was then returned four minutes after the hour mark as this time it was Mrdakovic who unselfishly nodded a deep cross back to Alam Shah, who was left with a simple tap-in to make it 4-0.

Mrdakovic then grabbed his second of the evening in the 70th minute when he converted from the penalty spot, and completed his hat-trick four minutes later after nipping in ahead of Zulhelmi Hazlan to head home Jamil Ali’s right-wing cross.

Despite the commanding lead, Tampines showed no signs of letting up and Van Huizen got in on the act in the 76th minute; lashing home a loose ball after Jamil and Kaplan had their initial efforts blocked on the line.

Alam Shah doubled his tally three minutes from time when he broke free inside the box and slotted into the bottom corner, before Butler rounded off the scoring with a ninth a minute later; ingeniously lifting the ball over a defender on the edge of the box before emphatically firing past the onrushing Zulhelmi.

Balestier Khalsa are the other team into the Plate Final after they beat Singapore Recreation Club 2-0 at the Toa Payoh Stadium.

Goran Ljubojevic got the Tigers on their way when he opened the scoring in the 17th minute; meeting Park Kang-jin’s corner with a firm header into the back of the net after he had been left unmarked at the near post.

And six minutes later, the Croat added a second to make sure of the win as he latched onto Kim Min-ho’s neat layoff before proceeding to curl a lovely effort past Ronnie Smollet.

Saturday’s Singapore League Cup Plate Semi-final Results

Balestier Khalsa 2-0 Singapore Recreation Club

Tampines Rovers 9-0 Police SA

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