Home United continued their solid home form against Brunei DPMM with a 3-1 victory in the Singapore Premier League at Bishan Stadium on Saturday.
Title-chasing Home United FC got their first win in four Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League (SPL) matches after a solid 3-1 win over Brunei DPMM FC at Bishan Stadium on Saturday night.
Shakir Hamzah’s early goal for Home was cancelled out by Adi Said. However the Protectors reclaimed the lead through Song Ui-young late in the first half, before substitute Sirina Camara sealed the points 15 minutes from time.
The result meant Home went up a position to fifth with 11 points from eight games – while DPMM dropped a position to fourth – level on points with the former but with a better goal difference.
DPMM had started off the more enterprising of the two sides and could have scored after just eight minutes on the clock.
Ukrainian hotshot Volodymyr Priyomov found space to drive in a close-range snapshot after Faizal Roslan had conceded possession in his own half, but his fierce effort was well denied by an alert Rudy Khairullah.
Surviving that let-off, Home would go on to break the deadlock two minutes later.
With DPMM goalkeeper Haimie Nyaring not getting enough distance on his punch to clear Izzdin Shafiq’s cross, Shakir was onto the loose ball in a flash before poking home a neat shot into the bottom right corner.
Aidil Sharin’s men almost made it two on 17 minutes when Shahril Ishak put Song through on goal, but Haimie pulled off a superb reflex save to deny the latter’s resulting shot and atone for his earlier error.
DPMM gradually got back into the game and duly levelled matters on the half-hour mark.
A superb ball over the top by Captain Shah Razen Said picked out younger brother Adi, who took a touch to steady himself before firing a crisp left-footed shot into the bottom left corner for his fourth goal of the season.
The Wasps’ joy was short-lived though as Home would retake the lead five minutes later. With the DPMM defence failing to clear their lines from a corner, Izzdin swung in a superb cross for Song to nod past Haimie from six yards out for his 12th goal in all competitions this season.
DPMM went into the second half with renewed vigour and should have restored parity for a second time nine minutes after the break.
Priyomov looked odds-on to convert from three yards out after being teed up by Adi, but his shot was somehow blocked on the line by Home centre-back Abdil Qaiyyim.
Home were, however, effective on the break and that was how they scored the third to seal their first victory in four SPL matches.
After initially releasing Shahril, Camara got the perfect return pass from the former as he went on to lash home albeit through a wicked deflection off DPMM centre-back Brian McLean that wrongfooted a helpless Haimie on 75 minutes.
DPMM will look to recover when they face reigning champions Albirex Niiigata FC (S) away next Sunday, while Home get some breathing space before hosting Young Lions on Wednesday 6 June.
Home United FC Head Coach Aidil Sharin: “It’s a satisfying win tonight, everyone worked hard and 95 percent of the team was performing – not just one or two players. They have to believe they can beat SPL team, if they put in the hard work. I’m happy with the defensive part of our game – we didn’t lose concentration like we did in our last three league games and even managed to keep attacking towards the end.
“I’m happy for Suhairi (Sabri, who stepped in for the suspended M. Anumanthan). He only got three days to train, but he did very well for us. It’s not easy for him as he works in the day and it’s the fasting month. It’s a different generation these days, you need to talk to these young players individually and not in front of everyone. My coaches like (assistant) coach Saswa (Saswadimata Dasuki) are doing a good job to help motivate them and improve their mental strength.”
Brunei DPMM FC Head Coach Rene Weber: “I congratulate Home because they have a good team and a good coach; that’s why they’re in the AFC Cup zonal final. But I’m not happy with the referee (Muhd Taqi) tonight. I don’t always talk about the referee, this is perhaps the first and last time I’m talking about this. Referees must be fair all around the world. A yellow card is a yellow card, one guy – Camara – had a yellow and he kicked again; that’s a red card and maybe it would change the result!
“We played good football – side to side – but we didn’t shoot enough. I have to summarize using videos of what we did tonight to make changes for the future. Our next game is a tough one against Albirex. They are a team who should be first because they have 25 foreigners, we have three and the other teams have two.”
Home United FC: Rudy Khairullah (GK),Aqhari Abdullah, Abdil Qaiyyim, Shakir Hamzah, Faizal Roslan, Faritz Hameed (Hafiz Nor 85’), Izzdin Shafiq (C), Suhairi Sabri (Juma’at Jantan 71’), Arshad Shamim (Sirina Camara 52’), Song Uiyoung, Shahril Ishak
Brunei DPMM FC: Haimie Nyaring (GK), Helmi Zambin, Reduan Petara (Hanif Hamir 79’), Brian McLean, Suhaimi Sulau, Hendra Azam, Azwan Saleh, Azwan Ali Rahman (Abdul Azizi Rahman 71’), Adi Said, Volodymyr Priyomov, Shah Razen Said (C) (Shafie Efenddy 61’)