S.League: Home's poor run goes on

S.League: Home's poor run goes on
Woodlands' Moon Soon Ho came closest to breaking the deadlock twice, but he was denied once by the woodwork, and another effort was palmed away by Home custodian Shahril Jantan.

Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League

Home United 0

Woodlands Wellington 0

One side was desperate to snap a two-game losing streak and keep pace with the leaders, the other was looking to claim the scalp of another title contender.

Many would have expected Home United to come out firing when they took on Woodlands Wellington at Bishan Stadium in their Great-Eastern Yeo's S.League clash, but the Rams took the fight to the title hopefuls and were a little unlucky to come away with just a point in the 0-0 draw.

Speaking to The New Paper after the match, Woodlands coach Salim Moin lauded the new positive attitude of his players, when he said: "I am very proud of my players. I could see they were full of desire. They stuck to the game plan, and they were all very organised.

"I was very satisfied with our defence, Walid (Lounis) and Milos ( Jevtic) did well to cut out the attacks.

"Moon had a few good chances near the end, but if he had been more composed, we could have won it right at the end."

From the first whistle, Woodlands were the braver of the two sides, with their South Korean signing Chang Jo Yoon a constant threat down the flanks.

The home side simply could not penetrate a rock solid Woodlands defence, and even after the break, the Rams continued to attack.

Home's best chance came off a counter-attack when Song In Young bore down on Rams' goalkeeper Ahmadulhaq Che Omar, only for the South Korean to put his shot high and wide.

Denied

On the other side, Moon Soon Ho came closest for Woodlands near the end, when he was first denied by the woodwork and then saw another effort saved by Home custodian Shahril Jantan.

The result means Home have not won in three matches, collecting just one point off a possible nine.

After the match, Protectors coach Lee Lim Saeng lamented his side's carelessness in front of goal.

He said: "We had our chances but we couldn't score. Our strikers need to be sharper up front, because we've only scored once in three games now.

"I think we suddenly lost our style of playing since we lost (3-1) against Hougang.

"We aren't pressing the ball, and we aren't controlling the ball. We need to improve there, so I hope in the next match we can do better."

In the other game last night, a brace by defender Kunihiro Yamashita gave Tampines Rovers a 2-0 win over Balestier Khalsa at Toa Payoh Stadium.

redzwank@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on June 25, 2014.
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