Singapore Cup: Wasteful Warriors

Singapore Cup: Wasteful Warriors
NOT ENOUGH: Miroslav Pejic’s quarter-finals (in blue) free-kick goal is the Warriors’ only bright spark.

SINGAPORE CUP

WARRIORS FC 1

(Miroslav Pejic 45)

BALESTIER KHALSA 3

(Zulkiffli Hassim 6, Goran Ljubojevic 61, Park Kang Jin 76)

They are second in the Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League, and had just defeated S.League leaders Brunei DPMM last week.

But Warriors FC were brought down back to earth after caving 3-1 to Balestier Khalsa at Choa Chu Kang Stadium yesterday to crash out of the RHB Singapore Cup in the first round.

This was an upset few saw coming.

The Tigers have been struggling to match the performances of last season, when they finished fourth in the league.

Last week's 2-1 loss to Woodlands Wellington saw them stay in seventh position, ahead of the Rams only on goal difference.

Balestier coach Marko Kraljevic said: "Park (Kang Jin) is back and because of him, we played very well tonight, especially our defence.

"They cancelled out (Miroslav) Pejic and (Nicolas) Velez, whom I knew were the threats to us, so I have to say we did very well."

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His counterpart, Warriors coach Alex Weaver, was left rueing his team's inability to put away their chances.

He said: "It's difficult when you're up against a brick wall. We really found it hard to break them down.

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