HOUGANG UNITED 3
HGFC scorers: Liam Shotton, Azhar Sairudin, Fairoz Hasan
The Cheetahs beat the MSL Champions for the second time this year, this time a 3-0 drubbing at Hougang Stadium on Thursday evening.
The Cheetahs were without Fadhil Salim; similarly for LionsXII, some recognisable faces with the likes of Baihakki Khaizan, Safuwan Bahrudin, Hafiz Abu Sujad, Hariss Harun, Isa Halim, Shahfiq Ghani, Faritz Abdul Hameed and Izwan Mahbud all away for international duty against Oman. However, the firepower of Khairul Nizam and Fazrul Nawaz were still enough to scare any sides in the S.League.
However, substitute goalkeeper Khairulhin Khalid had to deal with a number of attacking bombardments towards his goal. One particular attack managed to get past him and into the goal in the first half. Liam Shotton managed to take advantage of the makeshift defence on 24 minutes, which resulted in a lead for the home side.
The score remained 1-0 to the Cheetahs at half-time. However, a Lions XII comeback went fruitless as Azhar Sairudin managed to swung a freekick into the net on 74 minutes.
Four minutes towards the end, Fairoz Hasan managed to add a third, and while the Lions XII team went for the all-kill to find a consolation, the Cheetahs managed to upheld the makeshift MSL champions team yet again this year.