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Five Star Home Enjoy Woodlands Rout


Another homes of a Woodlands revival were firmly extinguished by Qiu Li’s late brace. (Photo: SSC) 

 
Home United made light work of severely depleted Woodlands as they swept to a dominant 5-1 home victory to advance to the RHB Singapore Cup quarterfinals.

 

Barely breaking a sweat, the Home United players were treating this like a warm-up match for their quarterfinal date with current league leaders Tampines Rovers.

 

Without strikers Nigel Vanu and Leonardo Alexio, the Rams did not pose much of an attacking threat and had to rely on the counter attack as they set up a rampart to withstand the Home United onslaught.

 

The resistance only lasted 28 minutes as a Firdaus Idros pounced on a clanger by Rams custodian Ang Bang Heng to nod in the first goal of the night.

 

Five minutes before the break, it was the same story, another corner, another defensive mix up, resulting to a goal for Kenji Arai and Home United.

 

There was a hint of a Woodlands revival early in the second half, punctuated by Goh Swee Swee’s impressive swivel and shot on 50 minutes. National goalkeeper Lionel Lewis gathered the shot comfortably, and soon things were back to the rhythm set in the first half.

 

Having seen enough of Ang, Woodlands head coach R. Balasubramaniam opted for a switch between the sticks in the 64th minute with with Amos Boon replacing Ang.

 

It was bad timing for Boon as within seconds of coming on, his first job was to pick the ball out of his net as Juma’at Jantan’s cross from the left gave Asraf Rashid a simple task of guiding it into the back of the net.

 

Three minutes later, Adrian Butters gave Woodlands a glimmer of hope as he pulled a goal back for his side, but any hopes of a revival was firmly extinguished by Qiu Li as he netted two goals in the last 10 minutes.

 

Speaking to Rams coach R. Balasubramaniam after the game, he was certain that Ang’s clanger was the cause of Woodland’s downfall, “Football is a game of mistakes and we made the first one. We made it difficult for ourselves.”

 

Meanwhile Home United assistant coach S Subramani was quick to bring his charges back down to earth, “We shouldn’t get carried away with this result, with due respect to Woodlands, we will meet much more competitive and stronger opponents later in the cup.”