HOUGANG UNITED 1
HOME UNITED 4
HGFC Scorer: Hwang Kok Chang 41′
The Cheetahs failed to grab any points for the fifth game in the row, when a defensive defiant Protectors side mauled them 4-1 at the Hougang Stadium on Saturday evening.
While Hougang had a memorable result to remember in March, when they drew 2-2 at the Bishan Stadium during their first fixture of the season, the current fixture faced a Cheetahs’ team low on confidence at the back of four straight defeats.
Home United’s no 26, Hizami, had his best performance of the season so far, after he netted all four goals, which were facing a defensive depleted Hougang side.
With first teamers in defence being reserved for the game vs Courts Young Lions; Fazly Hasan suspended, and Shahir Hamzah unavailable, both regulars in the Prime League team early of the season. Noorullah Jahangir still missing and out of contact since March; the Cheetahs had to field in midfielders in their defence.
Most of the goals Hizami scored were from defensive errors; the first on fifteen minutes; when the Cheetahs custodian Ridzuan Fatah had saved Hizami’s initial shot; however; none of the defenders were on hand to clear the ball, instead, Hizami stabbed in the rebound for the Protectors lead.
The second goal on 32 minutes weren’t fluke either; Hizami beating the offside trap before chipping the ball above the onrushing Ridzuan Fatah for a 2-0 lead.
The Cheetahs also had another difficulty in covering the pacy winger in no.31 Zulkifli Suzliman. The former NFA winger had a hand to go past the Cheetahs’ right back and cross the ball to Hizami, who converted his third goal of the evening on 40 minutes.
That made the Cheetahs in the boys woke up. Instantly from the kick off, the Cheetahs found a goal after a good combination of Al-Roshuzhairi, Shameer Aziq and Faozi Rossli passes, found Hwang Kok Chang in the box. The midfielder wasted no chance in netting the consolation goal for the Cheetahs.
Hougang came out a different side in the second half, trying to dominate the possession of the game. However, they found it hard to breach a Protectors’ defence led by Ismail Yunos. Instead, Home United finished the game of, with Hizami’s fourth goal, taking advantage of a defensive mix up between Ridzuan Fatah and Benedict Chua, to slot into an empty net with eight minutes remaining.
The Cheetahs remained bottom of the standings with one win, three draws and six defeats, and will face Warriors FC at Choa Chua Kang on Wednesday evening.
Ridzuan Fatah, Roimy Kassim (Azan Jaya 90′), Benedict Chua, Sim Shunhai, Aubrey Ang, Al-Roshuzhairi, Hwang Kok Chang, Chua Rui Xiang (Rainy Kassim 23′, Garnell Syazni 76′), Shameer Aziq, Faozi Rossli, Sobrie Mazelan.