| SINGAPORE (24 April 2008) – It might just have been a draw but the one point earned over the Singapore Armed Forces FC (SAFFC) was enough to give Home United their place at the top of the Singapore S-League this week.
Home United staged a fantastic comeback against the reigning champions to hold SAFFC to a 2-2 draw after being two goals down at the Warriors’ Arena.
SAFFC were in commanding form at home with two goals in the first half off Masahiro Fukasawa in the third minute and Therdsak Chaiman’s 35th minute free-kick.
But Home United rallied after the break for Kengne Ludovick to score home in the 46th minute before Brazilian Peres de Oliveira added the equalizing touch barely six minutes later.
What made the draw significant is the fact that SAFFC had failed to pick up the full points in their last two matches after having conceded a 3-2 defeat to the Super Reds the previous week.
“We were our own worst enemies in the first half, but in the second half we played football, and we are very good when we play football,” said Home United head coach PN Sivaji.
SAFFC’s Richard Bok: “We are still only one point behind, so we’re not far away. We still have two games with them and another 23 (this season), so anything can happen.”
With Home United at the top of the standings, SAFFC are on second while the Super Reds made sure that there are close to the leaders on third following their 1-1 draw against Balestier Khalsa on the road.
2008 NTUC INCOME – YEO’S S.LEAGUE TABLE
1. HOME UNITED 26pts (+20)
2. SAFFC 25pts (+21)
3. SUPER REDS 25pts (-8)
4. TAMPINES ROVERS 17pts (+10)
5. GEYLANG UNITED 13pts (-8)
6. WOODLANDS WELLINGTON 12pts (-5)
7. YOUNG LIONS 11pts (-5)
8. ALBIREX NIIGATA 11pts (-9)
9. GOMBAK UNITED 10pts (-2)
10. DALIAN SHIDE SIWU 10pts (-6)
11. SENGKANG PUNGGOL 4pts (-15)
12. BALESTIER KHALSA 3pts (-9)