Matchday 5 of the TNP League Cup saw Tampines Rovers' journey come to an end after falling to a 1-0 defeat against Warriors FC, while already eliminated Home United claimed a consolation 3-0 win over Sporting Westlake.
Balestier Khalsa now join Albirex Niigata (S) in the semi-finals, where they will take on the Group A runners-up. Meanwhile, the Japanese team will take on the Group A winners.
Warriors FC 1 Tampines Rovers 0
Tampines needed to win by at least five goals to progress but were unable to break down a solid Warriors defence, led by captain Daniel Bennett.
After seeing Zulfadli Zainal Abidin force Daniel Ong into a fine save and Rodrigo Tosi’s lob come back off the bar, the defending S.League champions made them pay for their profligacy in the 37th minute.
New signing Karlo Ivancic’s low cross evaded Miroslav Pejic, but fell nicely into the path of hotshot Nicolas Velez who swivelled well before curling a superb low drive beyond Tampines custodian Rodrigo Pacheco.
That proved to be the only goal of the night as both sides exited the competition early.
Home United 3 Sporting Westlake 0
Meanwhile Home midfielder Azhar Sairudin put aside a recent family bereavement as he scored a first-half brace to put his team into the driving seat.
After heading home Sirina Camara’s cross in the 21st minute, he then tapped home from close range 13 minutes later after being found by a right-wing cross by Ang Zhiwei.
Ang then turned scorer a minute after halftime as his over-hit cross evaded the reach of Sporting goalkeeper Asyraf Asyfar, rounding off the scoring for the night.
Just like in the other game, both teams were eliminated from the competition.
Photos: Football Association of Singapore