Home United produced a fine display at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday evening to claim a 2-0 win over Tampines Rovers in the S.League.
The Protectors took the lead in the 22nd minute when Kamel Ramdani picked up possession inside the opposition half and fed the ball to Ken Ilso, who clinically curled a first-time shot into the bottom corner.
Tampines did have their chances but were just unable to find a way through the resilient Home backline, with Noh Rahman, Abdil Qaiyyim and Ang Zhiwei all putting in excellent performances.
The Stags’ best chance of the opening 45 came even before their opponents had taken the lead when Noh Alam Shah latched onto Jamil Ali’s incisive through-ball, only to be denied by Hyrulnizam Juma’at in a one-on-one situation.
Another excellent chance went begging in the 80th minute when Eddy Viator was found himself unmarked at the back post after being picked out by Shaiful Esah’s freekick, only to send a close-range header wide of the mark.
And just a minute later, Home went on to wrap up the three points when Ilso lined up a freekick on the left and swung a terrific delivery to the far post, where Sirina Camara proceeded to send a firm volley from an acute angle past a stranded Joey Sim.
With the victory, Philippe Aw’s charges remain unbeaten this season and move up to fourth on the table, while Tampines could find themselves three points off the pace if Warriors FC are able to defeat Albirex Niigata (S) on Saturday.
Thursday’s only S.League clash saw Geylang International and Hougang United play out a 0-0 draw at the Bedok Stadium.
Home United: Hyrulnizam Juma’at, Abdil Qaiyyim, Noh Rahman, Redzwan Atan, Ang Zhiwei, Yasir Hanapi, Song Ui-young, Sirina Camara (Nur Hizami Salim 90’), Stanely Ng (Fazli Ayob 61’), Kamel Ramdani, Ken Ilso (Azhar Sairudin 90’).
Tampines Rovers: Joey Sim, Jufri Taha, Eddy Viator, Predrag Pocuca, Shaiful Esah, Fahrudin Mustafic, Fabian Kwok (Aqhari Abdullah 46’), Ismadi Mukhtar, Jamil Ali (Naeem Rahimi 77’), Firdaus Idros, Noh Alam Shah (Indra Sahdan Daud 57’).