News • May 26, 2017
Rampant Protectors See Off Wasps In Thriller
Written by: Darren Ho
Home United are hot on Albirex Niigata (S) heels at the summit of the 2017 Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League after an impressive performance, defeating Brunei DPMM 9-3 at Bishan Stadium on Thursday night.
Faris Ramli was as his stunning best, netting four goals, while assisting three others as teammates Stipe Plazibat, Khairul Nizam, Adam Swandi and Song Uiyoung also got their names on the scoresheet for the hosts.
DPMM had Rafael Ramazotti, Shah Razen Said and Adi Said to reduce the deficit, but it was Home who would ease to a comfortable victory and seal all three points in this encounter.
It has been a crucial, yet congested week for Aidil Sharinâs side who are in their quest to finish top of the S.League, while battling in the AFC Cup Zonal semi-finals in midweek.
Yet, the Bishan-based side, who are one foot in the final, made no mistake in their S.League commitments to push on both fronts.
Both teams kicked-off the first-half with vicious intent to get their noses in front.
The visitors made their first attempt to prise an opening inside four minutes when wide man Azwan Ali flight a dangerous cross from the left to pick up Adi in the box, only to be denied by Hassan Sunny who was right on point when he sprung to intercept with a save.
It had been the worst possible start in Steve Keanâs regime as DPMM coach this season and their woes were compounded when the Protectors scored six within the space of twenty-five minutes before half-time.
Home broke the deadlock after 21 minutes when Shamil Sharif delivered a delightful cross for Faris to take a first touch before elevating his shot past the onrushing Alijanda Sitom to take the lead.
Faris clinched his second nine minutes later, tapping in a low cross from Plazibat who timed his delivery to perfection from the right flank.
The pair would switch roles three minutes later as Faris became provider when he picked up a loose ball in the penalty box to connect with Plazibat who rolled the ball past Alijanda at his far post.
The Protectorsâ number nine did score his second just moments later as Faris once again dinked a clever ball from the middle for Plazibat to run in and chip over Alijanda, making it 4-0 in the 36th minute.
But the Singapore International wa not done yet as he produced another assist for Nizam, delaying his run from a Home counter attack, to slot in a pass to his club and International teammate to place the ball into the bottom corner.
Faris did eventually seal his hat-trick on the stroke of half-time as he darted his shot from the 12-yard box for the Protectors to lead by six at the break.
Aidilâs side picked up exactly where they had left off after the restart and went further ahead when Adam blast in a finish from close range after teeing up with Farisâs cross, before DPMM
would cause a few moments of concern when Ramazotti broke through the Homeâs defence with a simple finish to get their fightback underway.
On the other end, Song would restore Homeâs seven goal cushion as his shot behind the box took a deflection off Ramazotti, finding its way into the net, before Faris rounded the goalkeeper to score his fourth of the night.
Just past the hour mark and both sides would make changes on their own. Steve Kean was desperate to bring in players to score at the front, while Aidil was keen on resting key players for their next AFC cup match in midweek.
DPMM substitute impact Shah Razen would put Keanâs faith in him to good effect as he ghosted into the box to punish Hassan in conceding his second, before his provider Adi slammed his free-kick from 20 yards to seal the final scoreline at 9-3.
Play continued to fluctuate from end to end as Irfan Fandi made a brilliant effort to track back and prevent Ramazotti from his second when the Brizilian chipped past the onrushing Hassan to see his effort clipped off the goal line by the young Singapore defender.
With this result, Home remain in second spot, two points behind Albirex who have a game in hand, while DPMM languish in eighth.
Home United Head Coach Aidil Sharin: âPlaying with DPMM isnât always easy as they have talented foreign players. I didnât expect us to score nine goals, but the boys gave everything they got and the important thing is three point.
âItâs a big win which will help us in our confidence level in the AFC cup this coming Tuesday, but we are not going to be over confident.
âIâm also not really concern with the three goals conceded as we are an attacking team and Iâve made changes to bring in young players in the 60th minute to rest players for the AFC cup.â
Brunei DPMM Head Coach Steve Kean: âIâm gutted for the players. Weâve worked hard for the past two weeks. We didnât thought it was that easy scoring against us.
âBut we didnât deserve any point. We were very open and each time the ball went forward, we had our hearts in our mouth because we actually donât have defenders and weâre struggling in defence.
âSometime you have to rebuild a team and for the last three years, weâve won most of our games but weâve lost a couple of players and had to replace midfielders with defenders.
âItâs unfair to criticise our midfielders who had to draw back as defenders but we need to get in local defenders for help at the back this transfer.â
Home United: Hassan Sunny (GK, C), Irfan Fandi, Afiq Yunos, Jumaâat Jantan (Luqman Bin Ismail 59â) , Hariss Harun, Song Uiyoung (Izzdin Shafiq 63â), Shamil Sharif, Adam Swandi, Faris Ramli, Khairul Nizam, Stipe Plazibat (Amiruldin Asraf 77â)
Brunei DPMM: Alijanda Sitom (GK), Zeljko Savic (Reduan Petara 40â), Azwan Saleh, Azwan Ali, Hendra Azam (Nurikhwan Othman 78â), Najib Tarif, Maududi Hilmi Kasmi, Rosmin Kamis (C), Aminuddin Zakwan, Rafael Ramazotti, Adi Said