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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

RHB Singapore Cup Q-Final 2nd Leg This Thursday

Home United FC's season rests on this Thursday's RHB Singapore Cup Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match against Geylang United FC at the Clementi Stadium. Trailing 1-2 after the first leg at Bedok Stadium which saw Home United's defensive rock Valery Heik sent off, our Protectors will need nothing less than a victory to stay in the competition. With little hopes of landing the S-League Championship, the RHB Singapore Cup presents Home United's only hope of a silverware this season.

Home United FC are on a barren run since 2005 and die hard fans are wondering how a team with plenty of quality players are unable to win any silveware for so long.

For Thursday's match, our Protectors will need to give their all and blaze Geylang United away. They will have to do without Valery Heik, who has been one of the few success stories this year. The Cameroon centreback has been a rock in defence, marshalling the backline with authority and marking out the League's top strikers. Recently, Aleksander Duric was made a pedestrian in Home's 2-0 win. His absence will give Head Coach PN Sivaji much to ponder upon as his options are limited. Fellow centrebacks S. Subramani and Ismail Yunos remain unavailable through injuries. Captain Rosman Sulaiman may have to fill in at centreback.

Apart from that, Home United should remain largely unchanged.

Do come on down to Clementi Stadium this Thursday for a 1945hrs kickoff.

Sparks will fly and excitment is promised !!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Big Clash This Friday !

Home United FC will take on arch rivals SAFFC this Friday evening at the Jalan Besar Stadium. In this "live" match, our Protectors will look to halt the charging SAFFC.

SAFFC comes into this match with a 5-0 drubbing of Young Lions FC. Veteran striker Aleksander Duric hit form by scoring 3 goals in that match. SAFFC will look to extend their lead at the top with another big win.

Home United FC comes into this match on a rich vein of form. In their last two matches, Home United defeated top sides DPMM FC 6-1 and Tampines Rovers FC 3-2. Both forwards Kengne Ludovick and Peres De Oliveira notched hat-tricks. Our Protectors are fresh from a two week break since their last match and will be coming out this Friday with all guns blazing!

Can Home United FC put a hold to SAFFC's run towards the title ?

Come down and support us live !!!

Kickoff is at 1930hrs at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Double Delight !!

The little over 5,000 fans at the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium were wondering how did Brunei DPMM blew away their undefeated home record dating back to Malaysia Cup days on Sunday 3 Aug to HUFC. From the start, it was clear that both the coaches got their tactical plan correct and it appeared that the match was heading for an entertaining and thrilling affair. As early as 2nd min, HUFC could have taken the lead through Syed Fadil when his fine effort from Sharil Ishak’s cross was brilliantly saved by DPMM’s keeper, Wardun Yusoff. In the next minute another shot by HUFC forward was cleared on the line by DPMM’s Hj Muhd Subbi.

On the other end, DPMM missed a glorious chance to take the lead when they hit the bar as early as the 4th min and later, HUFC keeper, Ridzuan made a tremendous save from DPMM’s forward, Abdul Hamid’s powerful shot. DPMM was increasingly threatening the HUFC goal with raids from both flanks and through centre field, but HUFC defenders stood their ground and repulsed the attacks. Swift counter attacks by HUFC were unsettling the DPMM’s backline as they pushed forward for the elusive first goal. Both teams failed to break the deadlock for the first 40 minutes. Isa Halim limped off injured and was replaced by Tengku Mushadad very early in the match.

The much anticipated early goal failed to surface for DPMM and slowly and steadily frustration was creeping into the DPPM players. Sivaji’s tactics of defending and counter attacking fast through the flanks were working well. Frustrated DPMM players were getting agitated and tackles were coming in hard and sometimes deliberate. It appeared that DPMM players were trying to intimidate HUFC players.

For nearly forty minutes, referee Kalimuthu handled the match well, but all hell broke loose when he showed the second yellow card followed by a red card to DPMM’s captain, Pg Sallehuddin for dissent. Several DPMM players became disturbed on the sending off of their captain, reacted adversely and confronted the referee. The match was held up for about 30 minutes as the referee decided to abandon the match for safety reasons.

The match only restarted after some negotiations between Brunei DPMM officials, Match Commissioner, Mr Edward Silas and referee Kalimuthu. Credit must be given to referee, Kalimuthu for standing firm on his decision and play restarted with two DPMM’s players red carded for unsporting behaviour. As the two players left the field, one of them was seen kicking a water bottle in frustration and anger. From the resulting free kick, Valery Hiek scored with powerful and unstoppable direct kick. HUFC took a one nil lead at half time.

With only 8 men on the field, DPMM reorganised and played a 4-2-1 format against 11 men HUFC after the break. With the superiority in numbers, HUFC took control of the match. Itmi Dickson and Sharil Ishak on the flanks were running at the defenders at will and sending in the crosses only to be wasted by the misfiring forwards. The introduction of Peres for Shahril Ishak on the 63rd minute proved a turning point as his experience showed clearly in the distribution of the ball and a direct approach to the opponent goal. The overworked DPMM’s defenders had no answers for the swift flowing attacks mounted by HUFC.

Finally, striker Kengme Ludowick delivered the goals and scored a hattrick in a space of five minutes, 69th, 72nd and 74th minutes for HUFC to take a commanding lead. With 15 minutes of play left, HUFC was cruising through the match with ease and the score line stood at 4 - 0.

Peres missed a golden opportunity to put HUFC further ahead when he lobbed the ball over the crossbar with only the keeper to beat. He made amendment for his miss on 78th with a fine volley, making it 5 -0. HUFC gave a needless penalty on 82minute, when Helmi Zambin was fouled in the penalty box. Croatian Ivan Jerkovic scored from the spot to make it 5-1. Striker Fadsuhasny made it 6 – 1 for HUFC in the 90th minute to round up a comfortable win for HUFC. If only HUFC strikers and midfielders were sharper in taking their chances, it would have been in double figures. A much awaited revenge match, as described by DPMM’s coach Vjern Simunic fizzled out into a tame affair and the match will remembered for all the wrong reasons for a long time.

Coach PN Sivaji was pleased with the result and said, “The Game started out very competitively with DPMM on the offensive and taking possession and creating numerous chances. Unfortunately, the red card incidents diluted this rhythm and playing against 11 was too much for the opponent. We took full advantage to score 6 goals. I am pleased with the attitude, control and restraint showed by the team under trying circumstances. I am pleased with 3 points and looking forward to the next match against Tampines Rovers on Thursday, 6 Aug.”

Indeed, he must be really pleased as he is the first coach in the S.League to do the double on DPMM. He accomplished the feat with win at Jalan Besar and an away win at Brunei. With the loss, DPMM’s talk of adding the league title to their recent cup victory appears more difficult and their key players facing lengthy ban after disciplinary hearing, may have dented their club’s hope of winning the league. For HUFC, it was good win and strengthened their possession in the mid table.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Can Protectors Rise Again ?

Home United FC suffered its latest loss at the Woodlands Stadium on Tuesday. The 1-2 defeat is Protectors seventh this season in the league and they now trail leaders SAFFC by a massive 17 points. Ever since Home United FC won its first league title in 1999, this season's showing has by far been the most disappointing.

Many fans are wondering how a big club like Home United FC, boasting a strong squad of quality players, has slumped to mid-table obscurity. Big name players like Shi Jiayi, Sharil Ishak, Peres De Oliveira, S. Subramani and Lionel Lewis have not had the best of season so far. Even our top marksman Kengne Ludovick, has found goals hard to come by, notching a mere 9 goals this campaign.

The glorious heights of winning titles every year from 1999 - 2005 seemed a long time ago. The silverware drought started since 2006 and it seems this year will be another barren one, if team performances do not improve. With the league title out of reach, it is left with only the Singapore Cup. Even that will not prove easy as there are still quality opponents left in the competition, despite defending Champions SAFFC's exit. Foreign teams like Bangkok Glass, currently coached by ex-Protector Surachai Jaturapattarapong, and DPMM FC, who recently won the League Cup, will prove tough opponents.

Our Home United faithful has seen the club rise from the bottom in 1996 & 1997 to achieve glory in 1999 till 2005, and they hope to see the rise of our Protectors once again, starting with the Singapore Cup title this year! Head Coach PN Sivaji has seen his fair share of ups and downs in football. Can he ignite Protectors' fire and surge towards glory ? The fans certainly hope so!

Come on you Protectors !!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Successive wins at "Home" !

Home United FC made it two "home" wins after beating Young Lions 3-2. A double from Kengne Ludovick and another from Shi Jiayi ensured Home United a comfortable win, despite the close result.

Shi Jiayi returned to form for this match. Both Ludovick's goals were created by Jiayi who played two clever passes for Ludovick to finish.

Home United next travels to Woodlands Stadium on Tuesday, hoping to end their dismal away form.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Protectors' Home Comforts!

Home United FC has yet again produced the goods in a "home" match. Playing at Clementi Stadium, Home United FC has garnered a impressive 16 points out of a maximum 18 points so far. High flying teams like DPMM FC and SAFFC had visited and left with nothing. The only team to avoid a defeat to our Protectors at our Clementi Fortress has been Tampines Rovers FC, who escaped with a 1-1 draw.

In the latest match, Home United FC sent the Japanese White Swans (Albirex Niigata) packing with a 3-1 win. Goals came from Peres De Oliveira, Tengku Mushadad and Valery Heik.

Home United FC's next match will be another "home" match against Young Lions FC. 3 points should be in the bag for this one as the goal-shy Young Lions will have too little to match our Protectors.

Clementi Stadium on Saturday, kick-off at 1945hrs!