HOUGANG UNITED 2
NFA REDS 3
HGFC scorers: Shameer Aziq 13′, Hwang Kok Chang 56′ pen.
It was a drama in making at Hougang, however, with the Cheetahs defeated right at the end.
A hat-trick by NFA striker Hazim Faiz, three penalties, which one is saved, two straight reds, and end to end stuffs entertained the small crowd at Hougang Stadium on Wednesday night.
Goals from Shameer Aziq (13) and Hazim Faiz brought the halftime score to a 1-1 draw, with the NFA Reds down to 10-men after Dhukilan Jeevamani was sent off for a straight red card for a professional foul.
In the 2nd half, Hazim Faiz stuck a blow to the Cheetahs by taking the lead on 53 minutes. However, three minutes later a foul by Sharul Rayyan in the penalty box gave the home side the penalty. Hwang Kok Chang coolly converted the penalty for the equalizer.
It was a nervous next half an hour for both sides, until Nazri Shafei was sent off for fouling an NFA Reds player in the box in the dying minutes. Hazim scored the winning goal from the spot, which also earned him the hat trick, and his side the valuable three points.