Hougang United are through to the last four of the Singapore League Cup after coming from behind to beat Home United 2-1 in Thursday’s quarter-final at the Bishan Stadium.
The Protectors were initially on track for victory after taking the lead in the 17th minute; Lee Kwan-woo lining up a freekick on the edge of the box and curled a lovely effort into the bottom corner.
But with eight minutes remaining, Hougang pulled level when Geison Moura fired a penalty past Shahril Jantan’s despairing dive – after Shunsuke Nakatake had been hauled down inside the box by Song In-young.
And just three minutes later, the visitors remarkably went on to claim the win after Lau Meng Meng picked up possession inside the box and floated a lovely cross to the unmarked Nurhilmi Jasni, who made no mistake in dispatching his close-range header into the back of the net.
In Thursday’s other clash, DPMM FC came from behind to defeat Woodlands Wellington 3-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Following a goalless first half, Chang Jo-yoon struck in the 56th minute to hand the Rams a shock lead but DPMM equalised in the 80th minute through a Rodrigo Tosi strike.
Tosi then netted again six minutes later to put the Bruneian outfit in front, before Adi Said struck in injury-time to put the result beyond doubt.
Home United: Shahril Jantan, Juma’at Jantan, Precious Emuejeraye, Song In-young, Sirina Camara, Noh Rahman, Kwon Da-kyung, Yasir Hanapi (Fazli Ayob 80’), Lee Kwan-woo (Indra Sahdan Daud 71’), Bruno Castanheira, Qiu Li (Masrezwan Masturi 71’).
Hougang United: Fadhil Salim, Faizal Amir, Wahyudi Wahid (Firman Hanif 81’), Igor Ferreira, Lau Meng Meng, Shunsuke Nakatake, Nurhilmi Jasni, Faiz Salleh (Azhar Sairudin 46’), Erwan Gunawan (Fairoz Hasan 33’), Fazli Jaffar, Geison Moura.