S-League: Fiery clash ahead of Cup final

S-League: Fiery clash ahead of Cup final
Home United’s Masrezwan Masturi falling after a challenge by Tanjong Pagar’s Asraf Rashid.

SINGAPORE - Home United coach Lee Lim Saeng left the Queenstown Stadium quicker than most fans after on Wednesday night's match.

It was strange, considering his team had just beaten Tanjong Pagar 1-0 to remain second in the league with one round left.

Before Lee stormed out, he made his feelings known to S-League CEO Lim Chin, berating Tanjong Pagar for their overly physical style of play and for heckling his players.

Later, Home assistant coach Aidil Sharin explained that the South Korean had to leave before the post-match press conference because of other commitments.

When asked if the Jaguars did indeed heckle the Home players, Aidil said: "Well, all I can say is, that's football, especially on a wet pitch."

Jaguars coach Patrick Vallee said nothing about his opponents at first, but when told of Lee's comments, his tone turned serious.

Physical 

"He said we were physical, okay. The ref gave us many yellow cards (five)," he said.

"But his players were diving everywhere. Before the ball reached their feet, they were already shouting for the referee.

"Heckling? You must be on the pitch to hear this. Maybe he didn't understand because he only speaks Korean."

The dour first half, witnessed by over 500 fans, came to life only when Home's Juma'at Jantan gave his team the lead in the 39th minute.

Hafiz Rahim raced clear of the Jaguars' defence, and cut the ball back to the fullback, who finished easily.

The match became heated as soon as the second half began.

Tanjong Pagar, led by the lively Monsef Zerka, played with more urgency, but were left frustrated whenever referee Mohd Farhad blew for a foul on a Home player.

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