Home United are still looking for their first win of the 2015 S.League season after playing out a 1-1 draw against Hougang United at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday.
It was the Cheetahs who took the lead four minutes after the half-hour mark when Shunsuke Nakatake’s right-wing freekick fell to Yuki Uchiyama, who made no mistake in rifling his shot into the back of the net.
But three minutes before halftime, Home equalised after Ken Ilso sent a perfectly-placed spot-kick past Ridhuan Barudin’s despairing dive into the bottom corner, after the Dane had been felled inside the box by Nakatake.
The Protectors had the better of chances in the second half but were unable to make the most of their opportunities as Ilso somehow nodded wide from five yards after being picked out by Sirina Camara, before Ridhuan produced a fine save to keep out Kamel Ramdani’s close-range header from point-blank range.
In Friday’s other game, Balestier Khalsa picked up their first points of the season after beating Geylang International 2-1 at the Toa Payoh Stadium.
The Tigers edged ahead a minute before halftime when Robert Pericic’s speculative effort took a wicked deflection and sailed past Yazid Yasin.
Nonetheless, Geylang pulled level right on the stroke of halftime after Jozef Kaplan pounced on a loose ball inside the area and fired home from eight yards out.
However, it was Balestier who went on to claim maximum points 11 minutes from time when Miroslav Kristic scored with a close-range header to ensure his side bounced back from last week’s 1-0 defeat to Warriors FC.
Friday’s S.League Results
Balestier Khalsa 2-1 Geylang International
Hougang United 1-1 Home United