SINGAPORE - It took a goalkeeping mistake and a moment of brilliance from Shahril Ishak to seal a 2-0 win for Home United against Warriors FC in a largely turgid Singapore Premier League (SPL) clash at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Wednesday (July 4).
Hafiz Nor's mishit 43rd-minute volley was the best chance of what was a drab first half and, even though the weak shot wrong-footed Warriors goalkeeper Mukundan Maran, it came off the post and was eventually cleared.
Three minutes after the break, Mukundan was caught out by an Izzdin Shafiq free kick from some 40 metres out. The goalkeeper appeared to be expecting a cross, but instead saw the ball sail over his head and into the far corner.
The goal sparked some life into the game, with Hafiz again coming close. Set free by Aqhari Abdullah in the 59th minute, Hafiz was clean through on goal. But Mukundan redeemed himself, coming out quickly to smother the chance and prevent his team from going two goals behind.
The Warriors had their chances, coming close through second-half substitute Sahil Suhaimi on two occasions.
The first was a header that bounced off the crossbar and the second was a free kick that curled over the Home wall and clipped the far post.
Despite their efforts to find an equaliser, the Warriors could not prevent the effervescent Shahril from scoring a superb goal in the 76th minute to seal Home's win and the hosts' third defeat at their Choa Chu Kang home.
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