Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League 2015
15 November 2015 – Yishun Stadium
Home United FC vs Courts Young Lions (S) FC


Second half goals from Stanely Ng and Ken Ilso complete the Protectors’ comeback

A 2-1 defeat of the Courts Young Lions halted a run of four successive defeats for Home United FC on Sunday evening at the Yishun Stadium, as the Protectors called time on their Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League 2015 campaign.

The result also cemented 6th place in the league standings for Head Coach Philippe Aw’s men, below Warriors FC and above Harimau Muda, in a league run that ended the way it began. “We’re not happy (with 6th place),” Aw said. “But we play a brand of football that is exciting, which is good for the fans.”

The game, however, did not always go according to plan. The Protectors fell behind in the 50th minute when Taufik Suparno’s overhead kick was adjudged by the linesman to have crossed the line, despite protests from the home side.

Courts Young Lions had their lead neutralised in the 59th minute when Stanely Ng fired his side level. Ng, who had been a livewire all game, volleyed Ken Ilso’s cushioned header after good work from Sirina Camara to send in a ball from the left flank.

Ilso completed his side’s comeback in the 84th minute, bundling home from close range to make it 2-1. Song supplied a long-range diagonal ball to Sufianto who whipped in a low cross for the Dane to make it 2-1 to HUFC.

Aw stressed the positives of the outcome on the night, and stated that the team’s mentality would be a determining factor in the performance in the RHB Singapore Cup semi. “It’s (the result) very important for the boys. They deserved this win. It’s good that we go into the cup semi with a winning momentum. The boys know that if we work hard and play well we’ll do well.”

He also hailed Ilso’s all-round contribution to the team play, and lauded the younger players making the step up to the first team. “Ken was never a number 9, back in Germany he was always a 10. He’s good enough to bring others into play, making it difficult to mark him.”

Aw also reserved praise for his younger charges. “We came into this season intent on blooding youth. I’m very happy that the youths live up and grab the chances afforded to them. Stanely got his 4th goal this season, before this he hadn’t scored in the S.league. It’s a 400% improvement. Sufianto is gaining confidence, you could see it in his performances. Aaravin didn’t put a foot wrong.”

“It’s been pleasing that the young ones grab their chance and learn from the seniors,” Aw concluded.

Having played their final league game, Home United now turn their attention to their RHB Singapore Cup semi-final 2nd leg clash against Brunei DPMM FC on 24 November 2015. The Protectors trail 3-2 but will no doubt be buoyed by this result and will attempt to secure their place in the final.

The season maybe coming to a close but Aw is already making his plans for the next campaign. “There are plans for next season. The plan is to continue to play a brand of football that’s exciting and pleasing to watch. We like to keep the core of the team and need time to know each other better.”

“We were not so fluid at the start but the understanding was there. We will keep the core of the squad and try to get better.”

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