Photo Credits: Goal Singapore
BALESTIER KHALSA 3
Qiu Li 36′, Kim Minho 64′, Vitor Borges 72′ pen.
HOUGANG UNITED 1
Shahir Hamzah 86′
Two wonder goals and a penalty ruin the Cheetahs’ revenge plot, as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Toa Payoh Stadium on Monday.
Hougang were looking to get over their Singapore Cup elimination ten days ago, however, their mission wasn’t so simple right from the first minute.
The Tigers, who are technically a tough side defensively, packed their defensive line in the early stages in the game. The Cheetahs hardly had a sniff for a goalbound shot, often being dispossessed in the final third.
Missing two influential starters in Fazli Jaffar and Faizal Amir also counted for their failure in giving crosses towards Jerome Baker and Mamadou Diallo.
In fact, the Tigers too had difficulties right in front of goal in the early minutes. The closest they had was a failed clearance by Syaqir Sulaiman, in which Kim Minho failed to take advantage of the situation.
However, the Tigers’ goal in the 36th minute came out of the blue. Receiving the ball from Obadin, Qiu Li lashed a 35m thunderbolt that left Fadhil Salim stranded as he watched the goal bound shot went bulging the net.
The score at half time remained 1-0 to the Tigers. However, a similar story went ahead in the 2nd half. The Tigers were resolute in defending in numbers, looking for opportunities to counter, whenever possible.
They eventually increased their advantage in the 64th minute. Another similar goal, this time, a lashing from 35 yards out from Kim Minho, which Fadhil dived full length for the shot, but he didn’t managed to prevent the ball from going into the net.
The game was sealed for the Tigers, as Igor Cerina fouled Park Kang-jin in the box. Vitor Borges converted the penalty in the 72nd minute.
By the time, the Cheetahs went ahead to search for the goal, and finally got their consolation, after Thomas Beattie goalbound header in the 86th minute was deflected in by Shahir Hamzah.
The Cheetahs stayed second from bottom after this game, with the next game on the 22nd in mind; a reunion with former coach Alex Weaver at Hougang Stadium, and to get out from the bottom two spots of the S.League.
Fadhil Salim, Igor Cerina, Syaqir Sulaiman (Shahir Hamzah 81′), Lau Meng Meng, Fazly Hasan, Thomas Beattie, Azhar Sairudin, Jerome Baker, Nurhilmi Jasni (Basit Hamid 81′), Mamadou Diallo, Sobrie Mazelan (Liam Shotton 66′)
Zaiful Nizam, Gabriel Obadin, Ridhwan Jamil, Jaslee Hatta, Tengku Mushadad, Hamqamal Shah, Park Kang-jin, Kim Minho, Zulkifli Hassim (Ruhaizad Ismail 76′), Vitor Borges (Patrick Paran 77′), Qiu Li (Shafuan Sutohmoh 90′)