Global denied Singapore Cup advantage by Hougang

Global Cebu were denied a first-leg victory in the semi-finals of the Singapore Cup after Hougang United left it late to salvage a 2-2 draw at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday.

It was initially Hougang who drew first blood in the 28th minute when defender Delwinder Singh popped up at the other end to good effect, heading home Zulfahmi Arifin’s corner at the far post.

Nonetheless, it took Global just five minutes to equalise when Darryl Roberts coolly finished after latching onto a through-pass by Paolo Salenga.

Roberts then struck again to put the invited side ahead in the 68th minute, bundling home on the rebound after opposition keeper Khairulhin Khalid had made a brilliant save to keep out an initial effort.

But, with five minutes remaining, Fabian Kwok lashed a superb left-footed drive from outside the area past Patrick Deyto to leave the tie evenly poised ahead of Saturday’s return encounter.

Whoever emerges triumphant at the weekend will then progress to the final and – at present – are set to meet defending champions Albirex Niigata (S), who claimed a 3-1 first-leg win over Home United.

GLOBAL CEBU: Patrick Deyto, Jerry Barbaso, Wesley Santos, Dennis Villanueva, Marco Casambre, Paul Mulders, Paolo Bugas (Marvin Bricenio 70’), Serge Kaole, Hikaru Minegishi, Paolo Salenga, Darryl Roberts.

HOUGANG UNITED: Khairulhin Khalid, Delwinder Singh, Atsushi Shirota, Lionel Tan, Nazrul Nazari, Fabian Kwok, Zulfahmi Arifin, Faiz Salleh, Iqbal Hussain (Pablo Rodriguez 82’), Fareez Farhan (Nurhilmi Jasni 75’), Fumiya Kogure.