By Gabriel TanFollow @@gabetan13
Reporting from the Bishan Stadium
Indra Sahdan Daud opened the scoring for the Protectors at the Bishan Stadium two minutes before the break with a sumptuous strike from just inside the area, before adding a second in the 53rd minute to put his side firmly in control.
Jordan Webb then added a third in the 73rd minute to wrap up the three points, but the hosts were not done and rounded off the scoring three minutes from time when Osman Yusoff netted an unfortunate own-goal.
The result also saw Home establish a six-point lead over their seventh-placed opponents and, with only two games remaining before the "half round", a top-half finish looks all but certain for them.
Although they have failed to hit the heights for much of this season, the Protectors remain one of the most-talented sides in the competition and entered Monday's tie as favourites to emerge triumphant.
And they certainly dominated their younger opponents from the opening whistle, carving out their first chance in the seventh minute when Sirina Camara's corner fell to Masrezwan Masturi, but he only able to send a difficult header over from six yards.
Three minutes before the half-hour mark, they threatened the opposition goal again when Lee Kwan-woo unleashed a ferocious 25-yard freekick towards goal, and although there were plenty of distractions as a trio of Home players attempted to meet it, Ramdhan Hamid did well to keep his eyes on the ball and punch it away.
But despite the hosts' strong start, Harimau Muda were looking positive and Akmal Ishak had a chance in the 39th minue when he dispossessed Camara on the edge of the box and drilled a shot towards goal, only to send it straight at Shahril Jantan.
They then had another chance three minutes before the break when Iskandar Hanapiah broke free down the left and floated a good cross into the box, but Faizat was unable to keep his ferocious volley on target.
However, a minute later, Home made their dominance count as they took the lead after Lee sent a lovely chipped pass to Indra, who latched onto it before sending a blistering half-volley into the back of the net.
While it took the Protectors almost the entire first half to break the deadlock, they only needed eight minutes after the break to double their tally and it was Indra who struck once again, drilling a first-time shot into bottom corner after Firdaus Idros had burst past Asri Marduzki and drilled a cross straight to his feet.
Even though the visitors had shown plenty of resolve up to that point, the second goal did knock the wind out of their sails and from then on, there was only ever going to be one winner.
In the 73rd minute, Home made sure of that after Lee played another visionary pass over the top to Webb, who raced in between two defenders and nodded the ball into his path before lashing a left-footed shot past a hapless Ramdhan.
Nonetheless, although the points were already in the bag, the hosts were in no mood to take off the pedal and three minutes from time, it was 4-0 after Webb broke free inside the area and skipped past Ramdhan before sending a chip towards the unguarded net. Wah Ahmad Amirzafran got back in time but he could only send his clearance into Osman, who watched on in horror as the ball cannoned off him and into the back of the net.
There was little else that could have made Home's night any better but an Indra hat-trick certainly would have been the icing on the cake.
In injury-time, that appeared to be on the cards after Webb poked a through-ball to the veteran, who skipped past the onrushing keeper before firing a shot towards goal, only to see it cleared off the line by S. Vikneswaran.
Still, that did little to tamper the Home celebrations at the final whistle as they claimed a commanding win that bodes well for them as the season reaches its final stages.
Home United: Shahril Jantan, Ismail Yunos (Jordan Webb 31'), Noh Rahman, Sirina Camara, Juma'at Jantan, Hafiz Rahim, Song Ui-young, Firdaus Idros, Lee Kwan-woo (Kwon Dak-yung 76'), Indra Sahdan Daud, Masrezwan Masturi (Sevki Sha'ban 57').
Harimau Muda: Ramdhan Hamid, S. Vikneswaran, Wan Ahmad Amirzafran, Osman Yusoff, Asri Mardzuki, Nur Areff Kamaruddin, Akhir Bahari, Maxsius Musa (Syafiq Salihin 87'), Faizat Ghazli, Iskandar Hanapiah (Farizzuan Azhar 61'), Akmal Ishak (Yazid Zaini 70').
Image courtesy of Home United FC (Jaron Lee)