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Warriors FC chase maiden League Cup glory, wary of Brunei DPMM

Warriors FC chase maiden League Cup glory, wary of Brunei DPMM
From ESPN - July 17, 2017

Warriors FC and Geylang International will be hoping to make it an all-Singapore final in the League Cup by winning Tuesday night's semifinals.

Three-time winners Brunei DPMM take on Warriors at Jalan Besar Stadium while cup holders Albirex Niigata (S) host Geylang International at Jurong East.

Warriors and Geylang will be looking to protect local pride by preventing another all-foreign final like last season.

In 2016, Albirex defeated DPMM 2-0 to lift the trophy for a third time -- equalling the Wasps' record of victories achieved in 2009, 2012 and 2014. In fact, no local side have won the League Cup since Balestier Khalsa did so in 2013.

The Warriors are aiming to lift the League Cup for the first time in their history. They are wary of a DPMM side coming into form, and who have come out on top in both head-to-head encounters this season.

Steve Kean's outfit won twice and drew once to qualify as Group B winners, scoring 11 goals in the process. That's a stark contrast to their S.League campaign where they are currently second-from-bottom after just one win and one draw in 11 matches.

"I would not say we are worried, it's more of being wary," Warriors defender Emmeric Ong told sleague.com. "They have been playing well in the League Cup, which we are obviously aware of.

"The first game which we won [5-3 at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium in mid-April] was very open but they looked like a very different team when we beat them [1-0 at Choa Chu Kang in early July]. So it will definitely be a very close affair again.

"Warriors have always been a club challenging for honours and the League Cup is of no exception. We did our job of qualifying for the semifinals so now we have to go one step further and be in the final. That will be great for our team."

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