Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pre-Match Briefing: Tanjong Pagar vs Woodlands Wellington

The final game of the season sees Woodlands Wellington travel southwest to meet Tanjong Pagar United in what would be the Jaguars' 10th game of the season played in front of their home crowd in Queenstown Stadium since their return to Singapore's first satellite town at the start of 2012.

Our last outing at Jalan Besar resulted in a goalless affair with Home United and while the Rams were unlucky not to have walked away with all three points from that fixture, we can be comforted by the fact that the draw did help us arrest a three match losing streak following that emphatic comeback against Hougang in early September. Likewise, Tanjong Pagar will also be heading into this fixture on the back of a 1-1 draw with Balestier Khalsa.

The Jaguars have scored a total of 15 times this season, while Woodlands has scored just one more. Conversely, Woodlands have conceded 4 more goals than Tanjong Pagar this season and the Rams' backline will need to be wary of top scorer Takaya Kawanabe, who has already clinched 6 goals this season. On the flipside, the Jaguars will be watching Woodlands' top scorer, Moon Soon-Ho, tightly as the Korean hot-shot has 7 goals to his name, one more than Kawanabe, and the former Super Reds stiker has been busy in the assist department as well, creating another 6 goals for his team mates.

Since Tanjong Pagar's return to the S.League in 2011, Woodlands have never beaten them either at home or away. Out of the last 4 head to head matches, Tanjong Pagar have beaten the Rams twice and drew with us twice. With the season effectively over since our last match against DPMM, the Rams will be under no pressure and should be fully motivated to finally break their dismal record against the Jaguars.

Although the recent span of results may not have fallen in favour of Woodlands, the Rams seem to have picked up the pace in the last few games and attractive, flowing football has started to become a hallmark for the boys. Livewire Goh Swee Swee is always a joy to watch and looks a good bet to add to his tally of 3 goals with his wicked right foot, while Guntur Djafril's recent run of form should get him into all sort of interesting positions for the Rams to exploit. Custodian Ahmadulhaq Che Omar, who just celebrated his birthday a couple of days ago, would also want to notch his fourth clean sheet for the season.

Yes, the curtain may have descended on the league with Tampines' second consecutive title last evening, but we will not let our third wooden spoon daunt us from ending the season with anything other than a win. 

Come On You Rams! Never Surrender!

Match Information
Date: Sunday, 4th June, 2012 (7.45pm kick-off)
Venue: Tanjong Pagar Stadium

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