Qiu, Yasir hand Home cup advantage over Loyola

Home United claimed a comfortable aggregate lead over Loyola Meralco Sparks in the Singapore Cup quarter-finals after recording a 2-0 win in Monday’s first leg.

Following a goalless first half at the Bishan Stadium, the Protectors took the lead in the 61st minute after a costly error from Baba Sampana saw him give away possession just outside his own box to Lee Kwan-woo, who played the ball into the box to leave Qiu Li with a simple finish into the back of the net.

And four minutes later, they went on to make sure of the victory after Sirina Camara raced onto Qiu’s incisive pass and hit the byline before cutting the ball back to Yasir Hanapi, who made no mistake in sending a sublime first-time effort past Baba Sampana.

The Sparks did have their fair share of chances but were ultimately unable to find a way past Shahril Jantan, who did make a stunning save shortly after the break to prevent James Younghusband’s glancing header from finding the bottom corner.

The result leaves Home with a healthy advantage ahead of Thursday’s second leg at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Home United: Shahril Jantan, Masrezwan Masturi, Precious Emuejeraye, Song Inyoung, Kwon Dakyung, Yasir Hanapi, Noh Rahman, Juma’at Jantan (Bruno Castanheira 46’), Lee Kwan Woo (Fazrul Nawaz 65’), Sirina Camara, Qiu Li (Indra Sahdan Daud 70’).

Loyola Meralco Sparks: Baba Sampana, Alexandro Elnar, Samuel Bonney, Joaquin Canas, Bongbong Dorlas, Simon Greatwich, Lee Joo Young (Peter Fadrigalan 79’), Robert Canedo (Phil Younghusband 65’), James Younghusband, Mark Hartmann (Paolo Bugas 79’), Graham Caygill.

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