BALESTIER KHALSA 4
HOUGANG UNITED 0
The Cheetahs Prime League team fell to its second defeat, this time at the hands of Balestier Khalsa at Toa Payoh Stadium on Saturday Evening.
The evening was a wet affair, with a late afternoon downpour across Singapore yesterday. Few of the COE games were suspended, however, the Prime League game still went on with a slight drizzle.
For the first time this season, the Cheetahs were not playing a single senior player, and started with only two substitutes on the bench – made up of goalkeepers Hakiim Sutar and Ameerul Shafiq.
Chua Rui Xiang was handed a rare start, due to a long absence of Noorullah Jahangir, who last played for the team against Warriors FC on Matchday 2. However, the youthful Cheetahs team fell behind to an early goal.
Five minutes on the clock and S.Suria Prakash, wearing the no. 32 for the Tigers, gave his team the lead with some wonderful footwork. Clearly the best player in the pitch all afternoon, and he was at hand for another two goals in the second half, completing the afternoon with a hat-trick( 72 & 78 mins), before being substituted late into the game.
The Tigers completed a sensational afternoon with a late goal in injury time, with a goal from substitute Haiqal Mohd Noor.
The Cheetahs wasn’t to be denied on the afternoon, as they had chances too, especially from their striker in-form, Shameer Aziq. The striker managed to went past the right back and if not for his wayward finishing, would have finished a sensational solo-run.
Hwang Kok Chang also had plentiful chances that would capped a sensational come back for the Cheetahs. A particular move which involved Garnell Syazani and Shameer Aziq found the midfielder needing a nod in to beat Daniel Ong in goal, however, he fluffed his chance away.
The Cheetahs will also be worried for the next game, particularly seeing their influential playmaker, Al-Roshuzhairi, out early in the game. The playmaker was a victim of a rash challenge, and had to hobble out of the game before half time.
The Cheetahs will next face the NFA U-18 team, whom majority played in the Lion City Cup last year, on Sunday 14 April.
HOUGANG UNITED LINE UP
Fariz Zulhilmi, Sim Shunhai, Aubrey Ang, Chua Rui Xiang, Azan Jaya, Al Roshuzhairi (Garnell Syazani 26′), Benedict Chua, Hwang Kok Chang, Lim Wee Kiong, Faozi Rossli, Shameer Aziq.