2014 Singapore League Cup

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2014 Singapore League Cup
Starhub League Cup logo.png
Country Singapore
Dates 7–25 July
Teams 12
Champions Brunei DPMM
Runners-up Tanjong Pagar United
Matches played 22
Goals scored 38 (1.73 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Miljan Mrdaković (6 goals)
Best player Miljan Mrdaković

The 2014 Singapore League Cup was the 8th season of Singapore's premier club football tournament organised by Football Association of Singapore, and also known as the 2014 StarHub League Cup for sponsorship reasons.

For the second year in succession, National Football League clubs will participate in the tournament. Unlike the previous season where NFL sides had to compete in play-offs to earn the right to represent the league against the professionals, the representatives in this edition qualified through the league positions from last season.[1]

The 2014 Singapore League Cup plate final was played between Tampines Rovers and Balestier Khalsa at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Miljan Mrdaković, who scored a hat-trick in the semi-finals against Police Sports Association, reproduced another hat-trick to clinch the plate for Tampines. He becomes the first player in history to score two hat-tricks in the tournament, and consecutively.

The 2014 Singapore League Cup final was played between Tanjong Pagar United and Brunei DPMM at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Brunei DPMM eliminated Tanjong Pagar United by a score of 2–0 to lift the League Cup trophy.

Teams[edit]

The top ten clubs from 2013 S.League were divided into three pots based on their final league positions. Developmental sides Harimau Muda and Young Lions have opted out of participation in this year's edition as they will be on a training tour in Austria. League positions of the previous season are shown in parentheses.

Pot A Pot B Pot C
Tampines Rovers (1st) Woodlands Wellington (5th) Geylang International (9th)
Home United (2nd) Tanjong Pagar United (6th) Hougang United (10th)
Albirex Niigata (S) (3rd) Warriors (7th) Police Sports Association* (1st)
Balestier Khalsa (4th) Brunei DPMM (8th) Singapore Recreation Club* (2nd)
  • Police SA and Singapore Recreation Club are clubs from the NFL. They finished champions and runners-up respectively in the first division.

Round and draw dates[edit]

The schedule of the competition was as follows. The draw took place on 20 June at the Jalan Besar Stadium, during which the teams were drawn by various club representatives.

Phase Round Draw date Match date
Preliminary phase First preliminary round 20 June 2014 7–8 July 2014
Second preliminary round 10–12 July 2014
Third qualifying round 13–15 July 2014
Knockout phase Quarter-finals 17–18 July 2014
Semi-finals 21 July 2014
Final 25 July 2014 at Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
Plate knockout phase Semi-finals 19 July 2014
Final 24 July 2014 at Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore


Format[edit]

The preliminary phase was a competition between the 12 teams divided among four groups of three, where each group engaged in a round-robin tournament within itself. The two highest ranked teams in each group advanced to the knockout phase. The third-placed team in each group entered the plate knockout phase. Teams were awarded 3 points for a win and one for a draw.

Tie-breaking criteria for group play

The ranking of teams in each group was based on the following criteria:

  1. Number of points
  2. Goal difference
  3. Number of goals scored
  4. Head-to-head record between tied teams
  5. Drawing of lots

The knockout phase involved the eight teams that qualified from the preliminary phase of the tournament, while the plate knockout phase involved the four teams that finished third in the preliminary phase of the tournament. For the knockout phase, there were three rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round, whereas for the plate knockout phase, there were two rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. For each game in the knockout phase, a draw was followed by thirty minutes of extra time (except the final); if scores were still level there would be a penalty shoot-out to determine who progressed to the next round.

Preliminary phase[edit]

The preliminary phase began on 7 July and will conclude on 15 July. There were some changes to the fixtures released.

Changes to fixtures

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advanced to the quarter-finals
Third-placed teams entered the plate semi-finals

All times listed below are in Singaporean official time (UTC+8).

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Singapore Tanjong Pagar United 2 2 0 0 11 1 +10 6
Japan Albirex Niigata (S) 2 1 0 1 13 4 +9 3
Singapore Police Sports Association 2 0 0 2 1 20 −19 0
  ALB TPU PSA
Albirex Niigata (S) 13–0
Police SA
Tanjong Pagar 4–0 7–1

7 July 2014
20:00
Tanjong Pagar United Singapore 4–0 Japan Albirex Niigata (S)
Latiff Goal 10'
Etiemble Goal 45' (pen.)72'
Zerka Goal 68'
Report
Queenstown Stadium
Referee: Muhd Taqi (SIN)

10 July 2014
20:00
Albirex Niigata (S) Japan 13–0 Singapore Police SA
Okazaki Goal 4'50'54'
Kawakami Goal 22'45'
Fukuzaki Goal 24'
Sakamoto Goal 26'65'90'
Yamada Goal 40'73'
Ota Goal 87'
Nishio Goal 89'
Report
Jurong East Stadium
Referee: Farhad Mohd (SIN)

13 July 2014
20:00
Tanjong Pagar United Singapore 7–1 Singapore Police SA
Latiff Goal 10'42'
Rashid Goal 20'
Firdaus Goal 25'45'52'
Zerka Goal 38'
Report Razali Goal 69'
Queenstown Stadium
Referee: Ahmad A'Qashah (SIN)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Singapore Geylang International 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 6
Singapore Warriors 2 1 0 1 3 6 −3 3
Singapore Tampines Rovers 2 0 0 2 3 5 −2 0
  GLI TAM WAR
Geylang Int'l 2–1
Tampines Rovers 2–3
Warriors 0–4

12 July 2014
20:00
Tampines Rovers Singapore 2–3 Singapore Warriors
Butler Goal 8'
Fahrudin Goal 23'
Report Agu Goal 12'46'51'
Clementi Stadium
Referee: Farhad Mohd (SIN)

15 July 2014
20:00
Warriors Singapore 0–4 Singapore Geylang International
Report Schneider Goal 49'
Fuad Goal 86'
Hafiz Goal 90'
Neezam Goal 86' (o.g.)
Choa Chu Kang Stadium
Referee: Jansen Foo (SIN)

Group C[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Singapore Home United 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 6
Singapore Woodlands Wellington 2 1 0 1 2 6 −4 3
Singapore Singapore Recreation Club 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0
  HOM SRC WLW
Home United 2–0
Singapore RC
Woodlands 1–6 1–0

Updated to games played on 11 July 2014.

8 July 2014
20:00
Woodlands Singapore 1–6 Singapore Home United
Chang Goal 6' Report Lee Goal 34'
Qiu Li Goal 46'
Kwon Goal 54'
Hanapi Goal 70'
Castanheira Goal 72'
Indra Goal 85'
Woodlands Stadium
Referee: Jansen Foo (SIN)

11 July 2014
20:15
Woodlands Singapore 1–0 Singapore Singapore RC
Mamadou Goal 29' Report
Woodlands Stadium
Referee: Muhd Taqi (SIN)

14 July 2014
20:00
Home United Singapore 2–0 Singapore Singapore RC
Camara Goal 42' (pen.)
Fazli Goal 43'
Report
Bishan Stadium
Referee: W. Ravisanthiran (SIN)

Group D[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Brunei Brunei DPMM 2 1 1 0 5 4 +1 4
Singapore Hougang United 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2 3
Singapore Balestier Khalsa 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3 1
  BAL DPM HOU
Balestier Khalsa 0–3
Brunei DPMM 2–2
Hougang United 2–3

8 July 2014
20:00
Balestier Khalsa Singapore 0–3 Singapore Hougang United
Report Geison Goal 34'
Faiz Goal 88'
Diego Goal 90'
Hougang Stadium
Referee: W. Ravisanthiran (SIN)

11 July 2014
20:00
Brunei DPMM Brunei 2–2 Singapore Balestier Khalsa
Tosi Goal 57'
O'Donovan Goal 78'
Report LjubojevićGoal 69'83'
Jalan Besar Stadium
Referee: Jansen Foo (SIN)

14 July 2014
20:00
Hougang United Singapore 2–3 Brunei Brunei DPMM
Aziz Goal 29' (o.g.)
Gamble Goal 84' (o.g.)
Report O'Donovan Goal 56'77'80' (pen.)
Hougang Stadium
Referee: Sukhbir Singh (SIN)

Knockout phase[edit]

The knockout phase involved the eight teams that qualified from the preliminary phase of the tournament. There are three rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds were: quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final. For each game in the knockout phase, a draw was followed by thirty minutes of extra time (except the final); if scores were still level there would be a penalty shoot-out to determine who progressed to the next round.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                 
Singapore Tanjong Pagar United 1
Singapore Warriors 0
Singapore Tanjong Pagar United 0
Singapore Hougang United 0
Singapore Home United 1
Singapore Hougang United 2
Singapore Tanjong Pagar United 0
Brunei Brunei DPMM 2
Singapore Geylang International 3
Japan Albirex Niigata (S) 1
Singapore Geylang International 0
Brunei Brunei DPMM 0
Brunei Brunei DPMM 3
Singapore Woodlands Wellington 1

Quarter-finals[edit]

Team 1 Score Team 2
Home United Singapore 1–2 Singapore Hougang United
Brunei DPMM Brunei 3–1 Singapore Woodlands Wellington
Tanjong Pagar United Singapore 1–0 Singapore Warriors
Geylang International Singapore 3–1 Japan Albirex Niigata (S)

17 July 2014
20:00
Home United Singapore 1–2 Singapore Hougang United
Lee Goal 17' Report Geison Goal 83' (pen.)
Nurhilmi Goal 86'
Bishan Stadium
Referee: Ahmad A'Qashah (SIN)

17 July 2014
20:00
Brunei DPMM Brunei 3–1 Singapore Woodlands
Tosi Goal 80'86'
Adi Goal 90'
Report Chang Goal 56'
Jalan Besar Stadium
Referee: Farhad Mohd (SIN)

18 July 2014
20:00
Tanjong Pagar United Singapore 1–0 (a.e.t.) Singapore Warriors
Firdaus Goal 116' Report
Queenstown Stadium
Referee: Sukhbir Singh (SIN)

18 July 2014
20:00
Geylang International Singapore 3–1 Japan Albirex Niigata (S)
Kento Goal 20'
Felice Goal 54'
Hafiz Goal 90+2'
Report Kawakami Goal 70'
Jalan Besar Stadium
Referee: W. Ravisanthiran (SIN)

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Score Team 2
Tanjong Pagar United Singapore 0–0 Singapore Hougang United
Geylang International Singapore 0–0 Brunei Brunei DPMM

Final[edit]

Team 1 Score Team 2
Tanjong Pagar United Singapore 0–2 Brunei Brunei DPMM

25 July 2014
20:00
Tanjong Pagar United Singapore 0–2 Brunei Brunei DPMM
Report Raspudić Goal 35'
Adi Goal 47'
Jalan Besar Stadium
Attendance: 2,038
Referee: Farhad Mohd (SIN)

Plate knockout phase[edit]

The plate knockout phase involved the four teams that finished third in the preliminary phase of the tournament. There are two rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds were: semi-finals and final. For each game in the plate knockout phase, a draw was followed by thirty minutes of extra time (except the final); if scores were still level there would be a penalty shoot-out to determine who progressed to the next round.

Semi-finals Final
           
Singapore Tampines Rovers 9
Singapore Police SA 0
Singapore Tampines Rovers 3
Singapore Balestier Khalsa 0
Singapore Balestier Khalsa 2
Singapore Singapore RC 0

Plate semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Score Team 2
Tampines Rovers Singapore 9–0 Singapore Police Sports Association
Balestier Khalsa Singapore 2–0 Singapore Singapore Recreation Club

19 July 2014
20:00
Tampines Rovers Singapore 9–0 Singapore Police SA
Kapláň Goal 15'
Ang Goal 45'
Mrdaković Goal 47'70' (pen.)74'
Alam Shah Goal 64'87'
van Huizen Goal 76'
Butler Goal 88'
Report
Clementi Stadium
Referee: Muhd Taqi (SIN)

19 July 2014
20:00
Balestier Khalsa Singapore 2–0 Singapore Singapore RC
Ljubojević Goal 17'23' Report
Toa Payoh Stadium
Referee: Jansen Foo (SIN)

Plate final[edit]

Team 1 Score Team 2
Tampines Rovers Singapore 3–0 Singapore Balestier Khalsa

24 July 2014
20:00
Tampines Rovers Singapore 3–0 Singapore Balestier Khalsa
Mrdaković Goal 27'82'84' Report
Jalan Besar Stadium
Referee: Farhad Mohd (SIN)

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Source:[3]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Japan Okazaki, KazuyaKazuya Okazaki Albirex Niigata (S) Police Sports Association 13–0[4] 10 July 2014
Japan Sakamoto, KazukiKazuki Sakamoto Albirex Niigata (S) Police Sports Association 13–0[4] 10 July 2014
Singapore Casmir, AguAgu Casmir Warriors Tampines Rovers 3–2[5] 12 July 2014
Singapore Idros, FirdausFirdaus Idros Tanjong Pagar United Police Sports Association 7–1[6] 13 July 2014
Iran O'Donovan, RoyRoy O'Donovan Brunei DPMM Hougang United 3–2[7] 14 July 2014
Serbia Mrdaković, MiljanMiljan Mrdaković Tampines Rovers Police Sports Association 9–0[8] 19 July 2014
Serbia Mrdaković, MiljanMiljan Mrdaković Tampines Rovers Balestier Khalsa 3–0[9] 24 July 2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Koh, Gary. "Police & SRC Represent NFL in 2014 StarHub League Cup". Football OPOD. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "StarHub League Cup match postponed due to faulty goalpost". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "List of 2014 Singapore League Cup goalscorers". S.League. S.League. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Albirex stay alive after breezing past PSA". The Brunei Times. 10 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Agu's hat-trick leads Warriors to victory". S.League. 13 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Firdaus-inspired Jaguars romp to big win". S.League. 14 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "O'Donovan the hero for DPMM FC". The Brunei Times. 14 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Miljan Mrdaković's hat-trick sends Tampines into plate final". S.League. 19 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Hat-trick hero Mrdavokić wins plate for Tampines". S.League. 24 July 2014.