No easy path for top sides in Singapore Cup

Several leading S.League clubs have found themselves in a tough half of the 2015 Singapore Cup draw, with the fixtures being decided in the lobby of the Ocean Financial Centre on Friday afternoon.

Warriors FC, Brunei DPMM FC, Home United and Tampines Rovers are pooled together in the non-guest half of the draw after being given a bye in the preliminary round by virtue of their high league positions in 2014.

It will be a uniformed derby quarter-final with 2014 Cup runners-up Home and last season’s league champions Warriors facing off, while DPMM and Tampines anticipate a repeat of last season’s third-place playoff.

The winners of the two-legged quarter-finals in this half will then face off over another two legs in the semis for the right to reach the final, which is scheduled to be held at Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday 27 November.

Defending Singapore Cup champions Balestier Khalsa have the kinder draw in the other half of the competition, as they await either Albirex Niigata (Singapore) or Cambodian champions Svay Rieng in the quarter-finals.

The other preliminary round clashes sees Geylang International take on Laotian side Lao Police, while Hougang United welcome the challenge of Philippines champions Global FC, who are participating in the Cup for the third straight edition.

The winners of the other two first round fixtures will face off each other in the other quarter-final of the guest half of the draw.

Preliminary round fixtures will commence between 20 and 26 May, with the quarter-finals and semi-finals taking place between 10 to 17 August and 28 September to 4 October respectively.