Singapore Cup • September 25, 2014

Kean: Joe’s Return Is A Boost

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RHB Singapore Cup Semi-Final Second-Leg

Brunei DPMM vs Home United

(September 26, Friday, 7:30pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)

Written: Muhammad Yazid

Brunei DPMM entertain Home United at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday evening for a televised match of the second-leg in RHB Singapore Cup semi-final.

Both teams were locked in a 1-1 draw in the first-leg at the Bishan Stadium on Tuesday, when Roy O’Donovan’s goal fifteen minutes from time cancelled out Lee Kwan Woo’s first half goal.

The Wasps may be favourites on paper as they are leading the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League table with five points ahead of the Protectors, but Home have had a better head-to-head record, as they have beaten the Bruneians twice in the league prior to the semi-final legs in scorelines of 3-2 and 2-1.

DPMM’s coach Steven Kean was impressed with his side’s second half performance in the first-leg, and urged his players to continue the momentum for the return leg.

“We need to start the second leg the way we finished the first because we were much better in the second half,” Kean mentioned.

“We are mentally and psychologically tired because we have been working hard for ten months. We just got to enjoy our position on the league table and we have different competitions, so we have to keep our focus.

“It is important to take each game as it comes, at a time.”

The Bruneian will be welcoming back Joe Gamble, who had to sit out in the first-leg due to suspension, and Kean is sure that the midfielder would be of great support in the return leg.

“Joe comes back straight to the first eleven. His presence would ensure calmness for the back four and attacking options,” the gaffer explained.

“He is good in pushing the ball up to cross it because I think our fullbacks do not cross the ball enough. There were times in the previous leg where they had options to cross but chose to track back for their weaker foot.”

His opposite number, Lee Lim Saeng is confident ahead of the much-anticipated clash.

“We have prepared well and I am confident for Friday,” Lee said.

“My players have been showing commitment as a team and our morale is not going down, so we would take our chances.”

The former K-League manager was not pleased with the fact that his team could not squeeze out a win despite a good performance in the first-leg, but he hoped that things would be different on Friday.

“My homework was on how I should bring both the performance and results together,” he shared.

“We played well but not could win on Tuesday. That happens in football but I hope we can play good football and win at the same time on Friday.”

Home United – DWLDW

23/9/14    Home United 1-1 Brunei DPMM (RHB Singapore Cup Semi-final First Leg)

17/9/14    Brunei DPMM 1-2 Home United

28/8/14    Home United 0-3 Courts Young Lions

24/8/14    Home United 2-2 Warriors FC

21/8/14    Home United 4-2 Albirex Niigata (S)

Brunei DPMM – DLWWD

23/9/14    Home United 1-1 Brunei DPMM (RHB Singapore Cup Semi-final First Leg)

17/9/14    Brunei DPMM 1-2 Home United

30/8/14    Tanjong Pagar United 1-2 Brunei DPMM

26/8/14    Brunei DPMM 8-1 Woodlands Wellington

21/8/14    Balestier Khalsa 3-3 Brunei DPMM