Ten-man Home United were unable to make it two wins in a row on Wednesday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Courts Young Lions in the S.League.
The Young Lions edged ahead at the Jalan Besar Stadium in the 15th minute after Sherif El-Masri broke free inside the area and fired away a shot that Shahril Jantan could only parry towards the far post, allowing Shamil Sharif to pounce and head into the unguarded net.
But a minute before halftime, Home pulled level through a stunning strike from Yasir Hanapi; the ex-Geylang International man pouncing on a loose ball after Lee Kwan-woo’s corner was headed out to the edge of the box and sending a spectacular volley into the bottom corner.
The Protectors were then dealt a real blow in the 53rd minute when captain Noh Rahman was sent off, after being harshly shown a second yellow for a challenge on Stanely Ng.
Nonetheless, they created a number of excellent chances in the closing stages of the game – including a gilt-edged opportunity that was spurned by Indra Sahdan Daud from 12 yards – but were just unable to find the winner, and ultimately had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Over at the Pasir Gudang Corporation Stadium, Harimau Muda finally claimed their first points of the campaign at the 11th time of asking after beating Woodlands Wellington 1-0; the only goal of the game coming from Ramzi Sufian in the 58th minute.
Wednesday’s S.League Results
Courts Young Lions 1-1 Home United
Harimau Muda 1-0 Woodlands Wellington