The Great Eastern Community Shield, doubling as the S.League opener, was held at the National Stadium on 26 February 2017. Before the match, a “Football Fan Zone” event was held. All S.League teams (except DPMM Brunei) had set up booths, which included games and selling of 2017 club merchandise. A mini-football tournament for children also took place, with a few S.League teams such as Tampines Rovers, Home United, Balestier Khalsa putting-in teams. Mascots for all team made an appearance to take photos with fans. With the event wrapped up, it was time for the Community Shield.
Starting XI: Izwan Mahbud, Ismadi Mukhtar, Fahrudin Mustafic, Madhu Mohana (C), Son Yong Chan, Ryutaro Megumi, Syed Haziq, Daniel Bennett, Yasir Hanapi, Ivan Dzoni, Irwan Shah
Substitutes: Jufri Taha, Imran Sahib, Jamil Ali, Khairul Amri, Hafiz Rahim, Joey Sim, Haikal Hasnol
Yellow Cards: Madhu Mohana (24’), Yasir Hanapi (49’, 64’), Daniel Bennett (57’), Ryutaro Megumi (84’), Son Yong Chan (90’)
Red Cards: Yasir Hanapi (64’), Madhu Mohana (88’), Ismadi Mukhtar (90’)
Goals: Ryutaro Megumi (36’)
31’ Syed Haziq OUT, Hafiz Rahim IN
66’ Ivan Dzoni OUT, Khairul Amri IN
86’ Fahrudin Mustafic OUT, Jufri Taha IN
Head Coach: Juergen Raab
Albirex Niigata (S)
Starting XI: Takuya Akiyama, Yuki Yamanouchi, Naomi Tanaka, Shuto Inaba (C), Ryota Nakai, Hiroyoshi Kamata, Tsubasa Sano, Kento Nagasaki, Yasutaka Yanagi, Rui Kamada, Yosuke Nozawa
Substitutes: Shuhei Yamada, Shoichiro Sakamoto, Ryuya Motoda, Shoma Kondo, Kenya Kodama, Jumpei Yamada, Koki Sato
Goals: Shoichiro Sakamoto (74’, 82’)
60’ Tsubasa Sano OUT, Shoichiro Sakamoto IN
60’ Rui Kamada OUT, Ryuya Motodo IN
90’ Ryota Nakai OUT, Shoma Kondo IN
Head Coach: Yoshinaga Kazuaki
A penalty that had to be retaken, six yellow and three red cards given — watch the video to see what went on before, during and after, the match, including the post-match press conference.
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