Singapore Premier League â€˘ June 17, 2019
Singapore Premier League Week 13: Roundup
SINGAPORE, 17 JUNE 2019 â€“ The net bulged a remarkable 17 times over the course of three games as the goals flowed freely, starting with Home Unitedâ€™s eight-goal thriller with Warriors FC where a stunning last-gasp strike rescued a draw for the hosts. Albirex Niigata (S) closed the gap on leaders Brunei DPMM with a convincing win against Tampines Rovers, while Geylang International hit Balestier Khalsa for five. We recap the weekendâ€™s action belowâ€¦
Home 4-4 Warriors | Bishan | 15 June
Song Uiyoung 10′, 49′, Shahril Ishak pen. 88′, Faizal Roslan 90′ | Sahil Suhaimi 19′, Gabriel Quak 45’+1, 53′, Jonathan Behe 58
Fans certainly got their moneyâ€™s worth at this Uniformed Derby, which exploded to life after 10 minutes and provided edge-of-the-seat entertainment right until the final whistle. Song Uiyoungâ€™s goal that broke the deadlock might have been a tad fortunate â€“ his scrappy connection off Hafiz Norâ€™s excellent cross trickled into the bottom left corner â€“ but his second was a sweet strike, chesting down Hami Syahinâ€™s centre before swivelling to volley past Riki Kimura. That drew the Protectors level after Sahil Suhaimi and Gabriel Quak had turned things around; Quakâ€™s incisive pass was well controlled and calmly slid in from a tight angle by Sahil, before he returned the favour and set up Quak to poke past Nazri Sabri on the stroke of half-time. When Quak smashed home from close range and Jonathan Behe headed in Sahilâ€™s corner, it seemed like the Warriors were cruising. But Shahril Ishak set up a nervy finale by slotting home a penalty won by substitute Amiruldin Asraf and Faizal Roslan provided the blockbuster finish â€“ from all of 35 yards, the centre-back cracked a powerful effort that flew into the top left corner to take everyoneâ€™s breaths away and salvage an unlikely point.
– This was the 80th edition of the Uniformed Derby.
– Home dropped points for the first time this season in a match they scored first in.
– Shahril and Faizal opened their accounts for the league season.
– Hamiâ€™s two assists were his first of the league season.
– Song drew level with Oliver Puflett on four league goals to become Homeâ€™s joint-leading league scorer.
– Home scored their first penalty goal of the season.
– Jonathan Behe scored for a fifth successive game (six goals); Quak scored for a fourth successive game (five goals).
– Warriors scored four goals in a game for the first time since April 2017.
– Warriors conceded a fourth penalty goal of the season, the most of any team in the league.
Home XI: Nazri Sabri (GK), Aqhari Abdullah, Abdil Qaiyyim, Faizal Roslan, Iqram Rifqi (Ho Wai Loon 90â€™+1), Hami Syahin, Song Uiyoung, Muhelmy Suhaimi (Oliver Puflett 59â€™), Adam Swandi, Hafiz Nor (Amiruldin Asraf 86â€™), Shahril Ishak (C).
Unused subs: Haikal Hasnol (GK), Nur Hizami, Taufiq Muqminin, Suhairi Sabri.
Warriors XI: Riki Kimura (GK), Ryhan Stewart (Shameer Aziq 87â€™), Kento Fukuda, Emmeric Ong, Tajeli Salamat, Poh Yi Feng, Faizal Raffi (Ammirul Emmran 72â€™), Gabriel Quak (C), Sahil Suhaimi (Ignatius Ang 78â€™), Khairul Nizam, Jonathan Behe.
Unused subs: Shahul Rayyan (GK), Fairoz Hasan, R Aaravin, Afiq Azhry.
Albirex 3-1 Tampines | Jurong East | 15 June
Hiroyoshi Kamata 6â€™, Daizo Horikoshi 42â€™, Shah Shahiran O.G 69â€™ | Shahdan Sulaiman 81â€™
Albirex narrowed the gap at the top to six points after a convincing victory over a faltering Tampines, who fell behind after just six minutes. Deployed at left wing-back, Hiroyoshi Kamata was picked out by Kyoga Nakamuraâ€™s inch-perfect pass and he cut in before smashing the ball past Syazwan Buhari from 12 yards. Kamata then supplied a fine through ball of his own to release Daizo Horikoshi, who sent Syazwan to ground before tapping into an empty net. The visitorsâ€™ misery was compounded when Horikoshiâ€™s low cross deflected off Shah Shahiran and over the line. Yasir Hanapi, Tampinesâ€™ best player on the night, earned a free-kick that Shahdan Sulaiman curled splendidly into the top left corner, but it was too late for the Stags.
– Albirex are now unbeaten in 47 games at home in all competitions.
– Nakamura recorded a joint-league leading fifth assist.
– All three of Shahdanâ€™s league goals have come from free-kicks; no other player has more.
Albirex XI: Kengo Fukudome (GK), Shuhei Sasahara, Kaishu Yamazaki, Sota Sugiyama, Shoki Ohara, Kyoga Nakamura (C), Yosuke Nakagawa (Yoshikatsu Hiraga 88â€™), Hiroyoshi Kamata, Zamani Zamri (Naruki Takahashi 46â€™), Daizo Horikoshi, Noor Akid Nordin (Daichi Tanabe 72â€™).
Unused subs: Hyrulnizam Jumaâ€™at (GK), Yusuke Kawagoe (GK), Shunsuke Fukuda, Daniel Martens.
Tampines XI: Syazwan Buhari (GK), Joel Chew (Zulfadhmi Suzliamn 55â€™), Madhu Mohana , Amirul Adli, Irwan Shah, Yasir Hanapi, Zehrudin MehmedoviÄ‡, Shahdan Sulaiman (C), Ryutaro Megumi, Taufik Suparno, Shah Shahiran (Akmal Azman 75â€™).
Unused subs: Zulfairuuz Rudy (GK), Safirul Sulaiman, Shagir Firaf, Hamizan Hisham, Elijah Lim.
Geylang 5-0 Balestier | Our Tampines Hub | 16 June
Shawal Anuar 17â€™, 45â€™, Barry Maguire 43â€™, 48â€™, Yuki Ichikawa 76â€™
Geylang returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion as they blew Balestier away in a one-sided encounter. Making only his second start of the season, Shawal Anuar got the Eagles underway when he collected Barry Maguireâ€™s pass and took out his defender before blasting a left-footed effort into the bottom right corner. Having set up Maguire to turn in the second goal, Shawal then raced onto Firdaus Kasmanâ€™s 40-yard through ball and curled a first-time finish beyond Naqiuddin Nodin. There was no letting up after the break as Maguire headed in Fareez Farhanâ€™s corner before captain Yuki Ichikawa, who had made a superb last-ditch tackle moments earlier, headed in a pin-point cross from Danish Irfan to complete the rout.
– Geylang ended a five-match win-less run
– Geylang scored five goals in a game for the second time this season.
– Geylang took a lead into half-time for the first time this season.
– Shawal scored for a second consecutive match.
– Balestier succumbed to a fourth straight defeat, their worst such streak in the league since May 2017.