Home United warmed up for next Friday’s RHB Singapore Cup final with a 1-0 win over Tanjong Pagar United in the Great Eastern-YEO’s S.League on Wednesday.
Both sides, who are guaranteed top-half finishes in the league this season, will meet again in nine days’ time to do battle for Singaporean football’s premier cup competition.
And it was the Protectors who took the honours in Wednesday’s dress rehearsal at the Queenstown Stadium; Masrezwan Masturi scoring the only goal of the game six minutes before the break to hand his side the three points.
The result also means that Home only need to avoid defeat in their final game against Albirex Niigata (S) to finish second behind champions Tampines Rovers.
In Wednesday’s other game, Balestier Khalsa stayed on course for their best-ever performance in the S.League after claiming a 3-0 win over Woodlands Wellington at the Toa Payoh Stadium.
Having already claimed their first major piece of silverware earlier this season by winning the Starhub League Cup, the Tigers are now certain to improve on last season’s sixth-place finish.
Balestier captain Paul Cunningham handed them the lead after ten minutes when he headed home a flick-on from Obadin Aikhena, before Qiu Li added a second in the 72nd minute after cutting in from the left and scoring with a neat finish at the near post.
Ten minutes from time, Qiu added a second – his 12th league goal of the year – to wrap up the three points for the hosts.
The victory was enough to keep Balestier in fourth, three points above Woodlands with one round remaining.
Tanjong Pagar United vs Home United
Tanjong Pagar United: Aurelien Herisson, K. Vikraman, Walid Lounis, Anthony Aymard, Hafiz Osman, Ahmad Latiff, Zulfadhli Emran, Hanafi Salleh, Asraf Rashid, Kamel Ramdani, Monsef Zerka.
Home United: Shahril Jantan, Ismail Yunos, Noh Rahman (Sevki Sha’ban 54’), Sirina Camara, Juma’at Jantan, Nor Azli Yusoff, Song Ui-young, Masrezwan Masturi (Firdaus Idros 80’), Hafiz Rahim, Jordan Webb (Lee Kwan-woo 76’), Kwon Da-kyung.
Balestier Khalsa vs Woodlands Wellington
Balestier Khalsa: Zaiful Nizam, Ruhaizad Ismail (Rasmus Fristedt 86’), Obadin Aikhena, Paul Cunningham, Syed Thaha, Ridwan Jamil, Shafuan Sutohmoh (Patrick Paran 81’), Park Kang-jin, Kim Min-ho, Hamqaamal Shah (Ahmad Syahir 75’), Shafuan Sutohmoh.
Woodlands Wellington: Nazri Sabri, Hidhir Hasbiallah (Farouq Farkhan 62’), Shahril Alias, Shariff Samat, Rosman Sulaiman, Atsushi Shimono, Cho Sung-hwan, Ang Zhiwei (Fadhil Noh 76’), Theeraweekin Seehawong (Oswind Suriya 36’), Chang Jo-yoon, Moon Soon-ho.
Wednesday’s Great Eastern-YEO’s S.League Results
Balestier Khalsa 3-0 Woodlands Wellington
Tanjong Pagar United 0-1 Home United