With Tampines Rovers set to take on Selangor FA in the AFC Cup on Tuesday, FourFourTwo’s Nigel Chin takes a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the greatest clashes between Singapore and Malaysia club sides.
31 July 2005: Tampines Rovers 4-2 Pahang FA (ASEAN Club championship)
This encounter remains the only time a Singapore club won the ASEAN Club Championship, a competition that lasted for two editions (2003 and 2005).
Hairuddin Omar and former Cameroonian international Bernand Samuel Tchoutang scored a minute before and after the break respectively to give the Elephants a 2-0 lead.
However, Noh Alam Shah pulled one back on the hour mark, before Mirko Grabovac and Fahrudin Mustafic both netted in a ten-minute spell that gave the Stags the lead.
Of course, it was Alam Shah, Southeast Asia’s deadliest striker at that time, who wrapped up the win in the 84th minute.
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March 18, 2008: Home United 5-1 Kedah FA (AFC Cup)
S.League runner-ups Home United topped their group in the AFC Cup group stages back in 2008, finishing with five wins and a loss.
The largest winning margin of those five victories came against Malaysia League and Cup double winners Kedah FA – a 5-1 trouncing.
After Shafiq Jamal had broken the deadlock for the visitors with a 12th-minute strike, the Protectors bounced back in style.
Kengne Ludovick and Shahril Ishak both netted in a five-minute spell to give Home the lead at half-time, before the Cameroonian striker added another five minutes after the break.
Peres de Oliveira then wrapped up the win with two goals in 10 minutes.
Ironically, Home would be given a bitter taste of their own medicine two months later in the final match of the group stages – they lost 4-1 at Darul Aman Stadium, after scoring first through Ludovick.
Nelson San Martin (brace), Sabre Mat Abu and Marlon Alex James responded for the Canaries to secure their revenge.