SINGAPORE, 2017, JULY 21 – Albirex Niigata FC (S) defeated Warriors FC 1-0 after extra time to win the 11th edition of The New Paper (TNP) League Cup tonight in front of a 2,384-strong crowd at Jalan Besar Stadium. This is the fourth time Albirex Niigata FC (S) has won the League Cup.
The match was graced by Guest of Honour Mr Eugene Wee, Editor of The New Paper. Also present were distinguished guests Mr Lim Han Ming, Deputy Editor and Sports Editor of The New Paper, Mr Bernard Tan, Deputy President of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), and Mr Michael Foo, FAS Council Member.
Jordan Webb‘s 82nd minute penalty was the closest either team came to breaking the deadlock in the 90 minutes, but Yosuke Nozawa guessed correctly to save his spot-kick before Shahril Ishak lashed the rebound over the bar.
The White Swans managed to carve out a narrow victory in extra-time thanks to a Tsubasa Sano goal in the 110th minute, but there was more late drama as Ridhuan Muhamad thought he had rescued a draw right at the death, before the linesman ruled it out for offside.
Mr Bernard Tan said: “Congratulations to Albirex Niigata for winning the TNP League Cup 2017 tonight for a record fourth time. It has been an exciting tournament, with some surprise results showing the magic of this Cup competition. Thank you to The New Paper for supporting the League Cup once again, and especially to all the fans for coming down to support the teams.”
The New Paper League Cup 2017 Results
Albirex Niigata FC (S) 
(Tsubasa Sano 110’)
Warriors FC 
Photo credit: Football Association of Singapore