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Jaguars Pull Off Back-to-Back Upsets

Tanjong Pagar United continued their giant-slaying feats at Queenstown Stadium as they edged title dark horses Balestier Khalsa 1-0 with a Takaya Kawanabe penalty on Sunday evening.

Kawanabe’s strike with less than 20 minutes to go was enough to seal full points for the hosts for the second consecutive week, after they had stunned title contenders Home United 1-0 at this same ground.

The Japanese livewire had also scored the winner on that occasion, and as was the case then, his goal was greeted by the delighted home fans after Joey Sim had needlessly stuck his leg out while collecting an extremely poor clearance by Balestier captain Paul Cunningham.

Picking the ball out of the net was probably Sim’s main contribution as his teammates dominated possession throughout the 90 minutes, but for all the ball they had, they were unable to fashion clear-cut chances and threaten former Tigers custodian Fajar Sarib’s goal.

Credit has to be given to the Tanjong Pagar defence as they did well to keep the Balestier strikers at bay, closing them down quickly and keeping things really compact at the back.



Balestier rocked by more injury woes

High-flying Balestier Khalsa have been rocked by a triple injury blow ahead of Sunday's Great Eastern-YEO's S.League clash with Tanjong Pagar United.
By Ian Griffiths

Already reeling after losing defensive lynchpin Goran Subara for several weeks with a fractured wrist, head coach Darren Stewart will be forced to face the Jaguars without the services of key midfield duo Ridwan Jamil and Tengku Mushadad, as well as second-choice goalkeeper Zakariah Nerani.

Speaking to on Friday, Stewart confirmed that Ridwan will be out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL, while Tengku is set to be sidelined for the foreseeable future because of cartilage damage in his left knee. Zakariah's injury, also a damaged knee, is thought to be less serious, although the 26-year-old is almost certainly ruled out of this weekend's clash with Tanjong.

"We are now down to the bare bones. We have lost three first team players in the space of two weeks and all for a long period of time," Stewart declared.


Paul Cunningham - Yeo's Ambassador

SINGAPORE, 4 May 2012 - When New Zealander Paul Cunningham joined Balestier Khalsa back in 2010, much was not known about him other than the fact that he is a 1.89m tall centreback. There were skeptics too, after another foreign defender, Seth Galloway, was signed in 2009 only to be released two months earlier.

All that have changed as Cunningham is now one of the bigger names in Singapore football and there are calls for him from fans to get him naturalized and represent Singapore internationally once he fulfill requirements.

Cunningham’s performances have been superb so far this year, where he has helped Balestier to a league-best defence with just six goals conceded after ten S.League games.

In fact, Cunningham has been playing well since the 2011 season. Despite finishing third from bottom, he was widely acknowledged as Balestier’s best player throughout the season. That earned him an endorsement from YEO’s.

Since then, the sponsorship has gone onto great heights.

“If you noticed last year, I think that individually, I had a great season, and that was when the sponsorship started. It made me more ready, my exposure as a player has gone up and since then I’ve been endorsed by other sports sponsors. That’s all thanks to YEO’s and H-TWO-O.” said Cunningham.

“I feel prepared mentally and physically with sufficient hydration for the 95 minutes to 100 minutes we play out there, so yeah H-TWO-O has been a massive help.”

Cunningham feels that the whole campaign with H-TWO-O has been a great experience for him, adding that it has been all good fun. He is keen on repaying H-TWO-O’s help on elevating his profile as an S.League player by being a good brand ambassador.

He said, “I mean obviously now I am more prepared for the training & competition because even before I go on field, I make sure that I hydrate with H-TWO-O isotonic drink. It makes a great difference in my game because I feel more alert and my performance has improved significantly. I even give hydration tips to my team mates too, so that our team performance can be further improved.

I had a lot of fun doing the photo shoot with YEO’s. The first time when I did the shoot, I was a little nervous, but the team made me comfortable, and all I had to do was to put on a big smile and went along for the required move. When I did it again this year, it was pretty smooth sailing, even though my golf strokes were a little rusty, but I think it went well. My friends said I look pretty professional as a golfer in the advertisement and I was ecstatic when I heard that.


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