HOME UNITED 4 (Izzdin Shafiq 12, Yasir Hanapi 43, 76, Kwon Da Kyung 52)
GEYLANG 1 (Leonel Felice 63)
No Qiu Li, no Bruno Castanheira, no problem.
Even without their main strikers, Home United easily ran out 4-1 victors over Geylang International in their Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League clash at the Bishan Stadium last Saturday night.
The Protectors had marquee player Lee Kwan Woo to thank, as the former South Korean international playmaker shone, creating three goals.
Backed by the impressive midfield pair of Izzdin Shafiq and Syahiran Miswan, Lee pulled the strings and was easily the best player on the pitch.
Home coach Lee Lim Saeng said: "Our best attacking players Bruno and Qiu Li have not scored yet (this season), but it's good Lee had some assists tonight.
"I think when they (Qiu and Castanheira) come back into the team, we will be better.
"We needed the three points tonight and the win will be good for the players' morale."
Seeking a first win of the season after 1-0 defeats in the league and AFC Cup -against Tampines Rovers and Maldivian side New Radiant, respecitvely - Home had to make do without the Qiu (suspended) and Castanheira (injured ankle).
But Lee was in the mood, and after his stinging freekick on 12 minutes was spilled by Geylang goalkeeper Siddiq Durimi, Izzdin was on hand to smash the rebound home.
Lee then provided a deft through-ball for Yasir Hanapi to extend the lead just before half-time.
Sven minutes after the break, he arrowed a corner onto the head of Kwon Da Kyung, who made no mistake.
Making his debut, Geylang striker Leonel Felice was guilty of an awful miss in the first half, but he pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute with a low finish.
Yasir then completed the rout with a deflected shot on 76 minutes.
Eagles coach V Kanan did not hide his anger at his side's woeful performance.
"I thought our game against the Warriors (a 2-1 defeat) was bad, this was worse," he said.
"The one good thing was that we created some chances tonight.
"Nothing is working, nothing is clicking for us.
"We were rubbish. We didn't deserve anything from tonight's game.
"Luckily, we have a two-week break before our next game, so we have time to do some reflection and work on our weaknesses."
Meanwhile, in last Saturday night's other match, champions Tampines ground out a 3-2 win over last season's bottom side Courts Young Lions at the Clementi Stadium.
A brace from Stags' marquee striker Miljan Mrdakovic (23rd, 83rd minutes) and a 43rd-minute goal from Aleksandar Duric did the trick. The visitors' goals came from Iqbal Hussain (2nd min) and Sherif El-Masri (63rd min).
TNP Man-of-the-Match: Lee Kwan Woo (Home).
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