Stags romp ton semis of Singapore Cup

Stags romp ton semis of Singapore Cup
Tanjong Pagar head coach Patrick Vallee praised his team for their fighting spirit and refused to comment on the dismissals.

They already had a 4-2 advantage from the first leg of their RHB Singapore Cup quarter-final tie.

But Tampines Rovers didn't take anything for granted as they romped past Tanjong Pagar United 4-1 at Queenstown Stadium last night.

The Jaguars did not make anything easier for themselves, with Ahmad Latiff dismissed in the 67th minute for a two-footed tackle and Hafiz Osman following him into the locker room for protesting that red card.

Tanjong Pagar head coach Patrick Vallee praised his team for their fighting spirit and refused to comment on the dismissals.

He said: "I am not upset or disappointed with my players. The fighting spirit was there. It's not easy to go against Tampines. My players did their best, but could not get their reward."

NO WAY BACK

The Stags were 2-0 up in the first half, thanks to goals from Anaz Hadee and Miljan Mrdakovic.

Tanjong Pagar managed to claw one back just after the hour mark from a Sebastien Etiemble penalty but, they could not find a way back after Latiff and Hafiz were sent off six minutes later.

Jozef Kaplan and Noh Alam Shah tapped in two simple goals past Aurelien Herisson in the 83rd and 90th minutes to seal the win for the Stags.

Tampines' assistant coach Satria Mad said: "We've scored eight goals in two games and I'm glad to see that.

"Now we just need to work on our defence, because I've noticed that once we get a goal, we tend to relax."

Tampines next play Balestier Khalsa or Geylang International, who meet tonight at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Balestier hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg.

redzwank@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on July 02, 2014.
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