FROM QUEBEC TO THE WORLD – 1 FOR THE ROAD

‘It’s quite simple really, I just pick 11 guys that show up, tell them I want the game won and they go out do it, as you’ve seen today’

‘There must be a time when…’ the female reporter was cut off by Stephen

‘Yeah I’m quite good at it. 8 weeks in and already a cup win under my belt. Won’t be long until I’m lifting more trophies up above this good looking head’

Arrogance or justification? There’s people on both sides, but his arrogance was justified, as he saw his team win the League Cup in emphatic fashion

The wins kept on coming for Hougang, as they saw another 4-0 over Albirex and a 5-0 win over Geylang, before a meeting with current league leaders DPMM.

Before the game kicked off, Steve Kean, DPMM manager and Stephen were conversing, and neither really let their guard down

‘You can pick a thing or 2 up from me ya’ know bonny lad’

‘I’m Steve, like you, not Bonny, and anyway who’s won more cups this season, me or you?’

‘But we’re only 1 win away from securing the league title. You’re a million miles behind us bonny lad’

‘Stop calling me Bonny. Watch my boys out there today and you’ll wish you were in charge of Hougang and not S and M’

With that Stephen walked to his dug out. ‘What was that about?’ Rob Friend, assistant manager asked

‘He’s a weird breed, kept calling me Bonny’

‘Yeah that is weird. You’re not ugly but you’re not Bonny either’

‘Don’t you start’

The game itself was the Stipe Plazibat show. A natural winger he’d been pushed up front supporting Pablo Rodriguez in a 4-4-2, and it paid off. A penalty just before half time was converted and 2 early second half goals sealed a 3-0 win

They only lost 1 more game for the rest of the season, that being against Home United who were the home team avenging the cup loss in a 4-2 win. That was one of 2 losses, both to Home United, in all the time Stephen had been there, and they finished a very respectable second in the S League

DPMM ended up winning the league, but as they are a team based in Brunei, they can’t take the Champions League place for the league winners in Singapore, so Hougang as runners up would take that prize

The draw wasn’t kind to Stephen and the Hougang players, as Indian champions Bengaluru scraped a 2-1 extra time win to knock them out in the preliminary stage

What that did mean for Stephen and Hougang was a place in the Asian equivalent of the Europa League (or the UEFA cup for those of a certain age), the Asian Confederation Cup, drawn against Maziya of The Maldives, Mohun Bagan of India and Indonesian team Persebaya Surabaya

As the cheap Singaporean beer was taking a hold of him, Stephen proudly announced, to no one in particular ‘I swear, hick, that by the, hick, time I’m done here, are you listening Robbo?’

Rob just gave a half hearted smile and nodded toward his friend and said ‘If you say so Steve’


Next chapter – FROM QUEBEC TO THE WORLD – A NEW ADVERSARY

Previous chapter – FROM QUEBEC TO THE WORLD – SHORT, SWEET AND SIMPLE

First chapter – FROM QUEBEC TO THE WORLD – THE BEGINNING


One thought on “FROM QUEBEC TO THE WORLD – 1 FOR THE ROAD

  1. Pingback: FROM QUEBEC TO THE WORLD – SHORT, SWEET AND SIMPLE | On the Break

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s