By Gabriel TanFollow @@gabetan13
Reporting from the Bedok Stadium
Although it was Geylang who held the lead at the break when Yasir Hanapi scored with a cracking effort in the 32nd minute, the visitors equalised six minutes into the second half when a Lee Kwan-woo corner was deflected into the back of the net.
Five minutes after the hour mark, Home edged ahead when Song Ui-young capitalised on some poor defending to score, before the three points were wrapped up nine minutes later when Jordan Webb raced through and added a third.
The result, coupled with last week's 3-0 win at Tanjong Pagar United, ensured the Protectors' 2013 campaign is well and truly back on track after they went the opening three games without victory.
Yet it could have turned out so differently on at Bedok Stadium on Saturday if the Eagles had been able to make the most of a strong first-half display, which started in the 7th minute when they forced opposition goalkeeper Shahril Jantan into an excellent double save; the veteran parrying a ferocious drive by Nurhazwan Norasikin before blocking Jozef Kaplan's follow-up effort.
At the other end of the pitch, Joey Sim, who was making his Geylang debut, was also called into action in the 24th minute when he punched away a Lee freekick with authority, but he was certainly the less busy of the two keepers in the early stages as Shahril had to react again on the half-hour mark to keep out a curling long-range effort from Duncan Elias.
Two minutes later, the deadlock was broken as Yasir picked up possession 35 yards out and proceeded to unleash a piledriver that flew past Shahril's despairing dive and into the back of the net.
Home came close to producing an almost-instant reply in the 35th minute when Firdaus Idros, who had a strong penalty shout turned down just moments before the Eagles scored, charged down the right and drilled in a cross that took a wicked deflection and looked set to loop over Sim, but he reacted in time to punch over.
In what was turning out to be an enthralling opening period, the Protectors were denied again five minutes later when Sim parried a firm shot by Song from point-blank range, before Kaplan missed an excellent chance for Geylang by blazing over from the edge of the box after a loose ball had fallen his way.
Sim, who had been given the nod by V. Kanan ahead of Takuma Ito, was beginning to justify his coach's faith in him as he blocked another effort from Song in the 50th minute, after the 19-year-old had been found inside the area by a neat cut-back from Webb.
However, there was little he could shortly after with the resultant corner as Lee swung the ball towards sea of players, where it proceeded to take a wicked deflection before nestling into the back of the net.
A minute later, the Protectors almost added a second when Sim could only push a long-range effort into the path of Aliff Shafaein, but just as the substitute looked set to fire home the rebound, Norihiro Kawakami produced a brave block to bail his side out.
By now, the visitors had gained full control of the match and they had another clear-cut effort saved in the 63rd minute when Sim made another point-blank range save to deny Webb, who had fired away a snapshot at the near post after being picked out by an inviting cross from Sirina Camara.
Given the resilience they showed up to that point, Geylang then only had themselves to blame as their opponents finally took the lead two minutes later. An uncharacteristically sloppy pass by Kawakami saw him surrender possession straight to Song, who headed straight for goal - skipping inside Khayrulhayat Jumat's desperate tackle in the process - and fired into the bottom corner.
Nine minutes later, the promising South Korean turned provider as Home edged further ahead; delivering a sumptuous 50-yard ball from inside his own half over the opposition defence and into the path of Webb, who raced through to net the goal his energetic performance deserved.
Webb then nearly paid the favour forward in the 79th minute when he ran straight at the Eagles backline before playing the ball left to Lee, but the ex-Korea Republic international was unable to keep his shot down from a slightly narrow angle.
With the three points all but in the bag, the visitors were content to play the remainder of the game out but three minutes from time, Geylang had one final chance to set up a nervy ending after a well-worked move saw the ball land at Wahyudi Wahid's feet. But from inside the area, the youngster's firmly-struck effort failed to trouble Shahril, whose lack of action after the break best illustrated his side's second-half dominance.
Geylang International: Joey Sim, Delwinder Singh, Khayrulhayat Jumat, Norihiro Kawakami, Duncan Elias, Fabian Kwok, Nurhazwan Norasikin, Yasir Hanapi (Khairulnizam Jumahat 85'), Jozef Kaplan, Andrew Tan (Wahyudi Wahid 76'), Shotaro Ihata (Jalal 80').
Home United: Shahril Jantan, Masrezwan Masturi, Noh Rahman, Sirina Camara, Nor Azli Yusoff, Sofiyan Abdul Hamid, Song Ui-young, Lee Kwan-woo (Justin Khiang 90'), Firdaus Idros (Mustaqim Manzur 87'), Hafiz Rahim (Aliff Shafaein 46'), Jordan Webb.
Image courtesy of Home United FC (Jaron Lee)