Geylang 0 Albirex 3: White Swans sail into League Cup final
Albirex Niigata (Singapore) are on course to win their second ever League Cup after cruising past Geylang International 3-0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Sunday night.
Kawata's early header set the White Swans on the way to victory, before late strikes from Nagasaki and Kogure sealed their passage into the final.
Geylang scored four goals at the same venue to knock holders Brunei DPMM out just four days ago, but there was a very different script this time round.
It took just 11 minutes for Albirex to take the lead, Kawata nipping in front of Geylang keeper Yazid Yasin to head home Kogure’s freekick from the left.
Albirex then dominated the rest of the half without adding to the scoreline, giving the Eagles hope of a comeback after the break.
However a couple of half-opportunities was all Jorg Steinebrunner’s side could create and they would go on to concede another two in the final 10 mnutes.
First substitute Nagasaki wriggled his way past two Geylang defenders before lashing home a neat 25-yarder beyond the despairing dive of Yazid.
Then Kogure wrapped up the victory with a stunning free-kick from 30 yards out which left Yazid grasping at thin air.
The victory gives the White Swans a chance to add to their 2011 League Cup triumph, the only piece of silverware they have won to date in their 11-year history in Singapore football.
Photo: Football Association of Singapore