Balestier Khalsa won the 2014 Singapore Cup on Friday evening after claiming a 3-1 win over Home United at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Goran Ljubojevic fired the Tigers ahead in the 15th minute when he brilliantly brought down a searching cross by Park Kang-jin, and proceeded to unleash an unstoppable half volley past Shahril Jantan’s despairing dive.
Two minutes before the half-hour mark, they doubled their lead when Kim Min-ho sent Shahril the wrong way from the penalty spot, after he had been brought down inside the area by Masrezwan Masturi.
Despite their best efforts at forcing their way back into the game, Home were just unable to find a way through; captain Noh Rahman coming closest with a 30-yard piledriver that came back off the bar.
Balestier continued to remain in control of proceedings for most of the second half, and they went on to make sure of the win in the 90th minute when Ljubojevic broke free after giving Masrezwan the slip before unselfishly squaring the ball for Park to tap home.
The Protectors did manage to pull one back deep into injury-time after Sirina Camara was tripped inside the box by Zulkiffli Hassim, and picked himself up to convert the resultant penalty.
Nonetheless, it proved to be a mere consolation as Marko Kraljevic’s charges went on to claim a deserving win and their first Singapore Cup title.
Balestier Khalsa: Zaiful Nizam, Jaslee Hatta, Emir Lotinac, Nurullah Hussein, Syed Thaha (Ho Wai Loon 32’), Poh Yi Feng, Ridwan Jamil (Jonathan Xu 62’), Ruhaizad Ismail (Zulkiffli Hassim 68’), Park Kang-jin, Kim Min-ho, Goran Ljubojevic.
Home United: Shahril Jantan, Masrezwan Masturi, Song In-young, Sirina Camara, Juma’at Jantan, Noh Rahman, Izzdin Shafiq (Kwon Da-kyung 46’), Yasir Hanapi (Fazli Ayob 71’), Lee Kwan-woo, Bruno Castanheira, Indra Sahdan Daud (Fazrul Nawaz 51’)