Home United sealed a runners-up finish in the 2013 Great Eastern-YEO’s S.League campaign on Monday with a 3-1 win over Albirex Niigata (S).
Kwon Da-kyung opened the scoring at the Bishan Stadium in the sixth minute when he headed home a Sirina Camara freekick to put the hosts in front, but Kazuki Sakamoto found the equaliser in the 17th minute with a fierce shot from a tight angle that Shahril Jantan was just unable to keep out.
But five minutes later, Home’s lead was restored when Hafiz Rahim scored from the spot after a handball decision went against the visitors, and the three points were secured in the 74th minute when Camara scored with a fantastic 45-yard effort.
Nonetheless, the Protectors’ evening was slightly soured by the sending-off of Song Ui-young eight minutes from time after he picked up his second booking.
Over at the Woodlands Stadium, champions Tampines Rovers ended their campaign with a crushing 6-3 victory over Woodlands Wellington.
It was the Rams who took the lead in the sixth minute when Moon Soon-ho broke free and coolly slotted past Andre Martins, only for the visitors to hit back five minutes after the half-hour mark when Aleksandar Duric scored after great work down the left by Khairul Amri.
Two minutes later, Amri grabbed a goal of his own and Duric then doubled his tally for the night to make it 3-1 in the 39th minute.
Woodlands however refused to give in and reduced the deficit three minutes before halftime when Moon sent a ferocious shot from the left inside the near post, but Amri responded in the 49th minute with a scorching effort from outside the box.
Two minutes after the hour mark, it was 5-2 when Cho Sung-hwan scored an own goal, and Amri completed his hat-trick four minutes later after selfless play by Duric saw him set up his strike partner when he had a clear shooting chance.
Moon did complete his hat-trick too in the 73rd minute when he cut in from the left before scoring with a blistering drive, but it proved to be a mere consolation in a game that was dominated by Tampines.
Finally, Balestier Khalsa sealed a fourth-place finish after beating Tanjong Pagar United 1-0 at the Queenstown Stadium, courtesy of Hamqaamal Shah’s 56th-minute winner.
Home United vs Albirex Niigata (S)
Home United: Shahril Jantan, Ismail Yunos, Noh Rahman (Firdaus Idros 57’), Sirina Camara, Juma’at Jantan, Nor Azli Yusoff (Sofiyan Abdul Hamid 90’), Hafiz Rahim, Song Ui-young, Masrewan Masturi (Sevki Sha’ban 66’), Jordan Webb, Kwon Dak-yung.
Albirex Niigata (S): Hiroaki Hara, Shingo Suzuki, Kento Fukuda, Masahiro Ishikawa, Itsuki Yamada, Takeshi Nagasawa, Masatake Sato, Kento Nagasaki, Bruno Castanheira, Kazuya Fukuzaki (Yuki Ichikawa 61’), Kazuki Sakamoto.
Tanjong Pagar United vs Balestier Khalsa
Tanjong Pagar United: Aurelien Herisson, Ahmad Latiff, Walid Lounis, Anthony Aymard, Zahid Ahmad, Zulfadhli Emran, Hanafi Salleh, Azhar Ahmad, Hafiz Nor (Ismael Benahmed 84’), Asraf Rashid (Rizawan Abdullah 78’), Monsef Zerka.
Balestier Khalsa: Zakariah Nerani, Poh Yi Feng, Obadin Aikhena, Paul Cunningham, Syed Thaha, Ridwan Jamil, Park Kang-jin, Shafuan Sutohmoh (Patrick Paran 85’), Kim Min-ho, Hamqaamal Shah (Ruhaizad Ismail 80’), Qiu Li.
Woodlands Wellington vs Tampines Rovers
Woodlands Wellington: Yazid Yasin, Ang Zhiwei, Hidhir Hasbiallah, Cho Sung-hwan, Taufiq Rahmat, Atsushi Shimono, Farizal Basri (Armanizam Dolah 66’), Ridhwan Osman (Oswind Suriya 55’), Fadhil Noh, Chang Jo-yoon (Farouq Farkhan 71’), Moon Soon-ho.
Tampines Rovers: Andre Martins (Ridhuan Barudin 46’), Anaz Hadee, Jufri Taha, Kunihiro Yamashita, Shaiful Esah, Ismadi Mukhtar (Ahmed Fahmie 65’), Fahrudin Mustafic, Shahdan Sulaiman, Jamil Ali, Khairul Amri, Aleksandar Duric.
Monday’s Great Eastern-YEO’s S.League Results
Home United 3-1 Albirex Niigata (S)
Tanjong Pagar United 0-1 Balestier Khalsa
Woodlands Wellington 3-6 Tampines Rovers