Warriors FC 2
Hougang United 2
HGFC Scorers: Benedict Chua 26′, Al-Roshuzairi 45′
The Young Cheetahs drew their second match in a row, this time to another uniformed opposition, Warriors FC.
Cheetahs looked strong to wrapped the match as early as the first minute. Lau Meng Meng’s freekick met with Sim Shun Hai head, however he failed to connect the cross well.
Warriors however, took a surprising lead when Sim Shun Hai failed to deal with a clearence. Warriors No. 23 took the opportunity to dink the ball past the onrushing Hakiim Sutar and into the net.
However, the lead lasted 60 seconds, as well worked passes from the centre of the pitch found captain Benedict Chua clear to score a goal. Benedict wasted no chance to slot the ball home to make the score 1-1.
Hougang then went into offensive mode and took the lead in first half stoppage time. Faizal Amir’s corner connected with Shahir Hamzah’s header. The ball dropped into Roshuzhairi’s foot and the midfielder slot home for his first goal for Hougang and the team’s second. The score stayed 2-1 to Hougang as half time approaches.
Hougang should have wrapped the game early with flashes of brilliance coming out from Roshuzhairi, Shameer and Benedict Chua. The three combined to lay off Lau Meng Meng to score in the 60th minute, however, the shot hits the post.
Hougang’s wasted chances were proved to be fatal, as Warriors no 26 managed to chipped the ball from outside the box and high above Hakiim Sutar and into the net in the 82nd minute, as the defence failed to close him down.
Benedict Chua had a moment of glory to win Hougang the three points, however, his shot hit the crossbar.
The Cheetahs only had two points from the first two games of the season, and will meet Woodlands Wellington at Hougang Stadium next Saturday for their 3rd game.
Hougang United Prime League Squad: Hakiim Sutar, Shahir Hamzah, Sim Shun Hai, Azan Jaya, Noorullah Jahangir (Lim Wee Kiong 81′), Benedict Chua, Al-Roshuzairi, Lau Meng Meng, Faizal Amir, Hwang Kok Chang (Aubrey Ang 71′), Shameer Aziq