【Match Report】2021 SPL MD20『Draw Leaves White Swans' Title Hopes Hanging by a Thread』

Albirex's scoreless draw with Tampines Rovers at Jurong East Stadium tonight left their title hopes hanging by a thread.

Coming into the match this evening with a 2-point lead and a game in hand over Lion City Sailors, the White Swans knew they needed to win the match to be certain of retaining the title. The Sailors has a slightly better goal difference of 1 goal compared to the White Swans after thrashing the same opponents 6-1 in the last match.

However, it was a different Tampines tonight as National players Baihakki Khaizan and Yasir Hanapi returned to the fold after serving their 1 match ban in the Sailors match for accumulating 4 yellows cards.

Tampines were determined to make amends for their previous game as they fought hard for every ball and were throwing down the gauntlet to the White Swans to beat them if Albirex wants to win the title.

A tame White Swans did not threaten much of Tampines defence in the first half. It was slightly better in the second half as Head Coach Shigetomi brought on attackers Kuraba Kondo and Kiyoshiro Tsuboi.

The White Swans found Tampines defence impenetrable until the last 10 minutes as Tampines defenders tire. However, the White Swans could not find their shooting boots on tonight and the match ended goalless.

The White Swans will rue their inability to beat Tampines tonight and could only hope that results elsewhere will be in their favour.

Albirex will next face Tanjong Pagar Utd at Jurong East Stadium on 10 Oct (Sunday). Tanjong Pagar Utd is the only side that beat the White Swans this season. It would be another tough match for the White Swans.

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