News • April 21, 2016

Protectors To Be On Their Toes Against Warriors


Written by: Aysha Ridzuan

Warriors FC vs Home United FC
(Friday, 22 April, 7.45pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)

Warriors FC will be the designated host as they welcome Home United FC at Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday night in the 2016 Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League.

Despite sharing nine points with Home, Warriors are in a better position than the Protectors in the league table as they sit fifth, two places above their opponents after the first round of the S.League.

Warriors will be coming into this game looking to get back on track after losing 1-0 to Hougang United last week, after coming from behind to secure a point in the last minute against Geylang International the week before.

Warriors coach Jorg Steinebrunner was not pleased with his team’s performance against Hougang, as he felt that some of his players were not giving their best and could have done better to avoid losing points at home.

On the bright side, Warriors’ last win was at Jalan Besar Stadium where they defeated Albirex Niigata (S) and this could be a good chance for the players to prove themselves to their coach again.

The Protectors are welcoming back defender Shahrin Saberin and winger Faris Ramli, which will be a big boost for the them as they get ready to face Warriors.

Having already conceded 12 goals this season, Home will have to be more solid at the back to contain the likes of Jonathan Behe and Nicola Rak.

“It is very important for us to stop leaking easy goals. We have been letting in simple goals,” said Home coach Philippe Aw.

“We need to work on our focus as previously we have conceded in the first or two minutes of the second half.

“It’s not good for the team morale when you are leading and then you concede a goal. We have to start making things difficult for ourselves.”

In their first meeting of the season, Home drew 2-2 with Warriors, but Aw believes that Warriors have improved after eight games and they will have to be very well prepared on Friday.

“Warriors have good foreign players. We have to be careful. We need to play as a team and be prepared,” Aw said.

Key Men To Watch

Warriors FC: Ignatius Ang

After coming on from the bench in the second half against Hougang, Ignatius Ang gave Warriors hope to come back from 1-0 down.

The difference he made in that game, could most likely land him a spot in the starting lineup on Friday and the Protectors will be wary of his creativity.

Home United: Khairul Nizam

The 25-year-old striker has been instrumental in creating chances and goals for the the Protectors since the absence of Faris Ramli.

With a chance to partner with Faris who will be back on Friday, he could be even more dangerous.

Warriors FC – LDWDL

14/04/16  Warriors FC 0-1 Hougang United (S.League)
01/04/16  Geylang International 2-2 Warriors FC (S.League)
18/03/16  Warriors FC 2-0 Albirex Niigata (S) (S.League)
11/03/16  Balestier Khalsa 1-1 Warriors FC (S.League)
04/03/16  Warriors FC 2-0 Garena Young Lions (S.League)

Home United – DLWWL

15/04/16  Geylang International 2-2 Home United (S.League)
08/04/16  Home United 0-3 Albirex Niigata (S) (S.League)
03/04/16  Balestier Khalsa 0-1 Home United (S.League)
13/03/16  Home United 4-1 Garena Young Lions (S.League)
11/03/16  Brunei DPMM 2-1 Home United (S.League)

Head to Head (S.League)

14/02/16  Home United 2-2 Warriors FC
21/10/15  Home United 2-1 Warriors FC
30/07/15  Warriors FC 2-2 Home United
05/04/15  Home United 1-4 Warriors FC
17/10/14  Home United 2-3 Warriors FC