Home Player Ratings: Faris continues strong start to 2017 for Protectors
Hassan Sunny 6.5
Did not have much to do all game, excelled when called upon – making a double save to deny both Shane Booysen and Futa Nakamara early in the second half.
Spent most of the time trying to egg his younger teammates on from the back, including calming Adam Swandi down when the latter allowed his emotions to get the better of himself.
Shamil Sharif 6.5
Had some trouble coping with the threat of PPC captain Booysen down his flank, but the converted right-back got better as the game went on – eventually playing his part in his side’s third goal with a forceful run down the right to set up Amiruldin Asraf to score.
Irfan Fandi 7
Another game at centre-back, another good performance. The eldest son of Singapore legend Fandi Ahmad continued to show why he has been given a chance at centre-back, reading the game well with a number of key defensive interceptions and headed clearances before coming off with cramp late on.
Sirina Camara 7
He is not the most natural of centre-backs, but acquitted himself well in this position again.
With constant reminders from Hassan, the Frenchman did not do anything silly and constantly came up on top in duels to deny the PPC attackers from going through.
Juma’at Jantan 6
Was strangely rather subdued in this game and not his usual energetic self down the left channel. Could and should have done a bit more as a senior member of this squad.
Song Uiyoung 7
Produced a typically assured display in the middle of the park, making a few neat turns to get out of trouble and playing some perfectly-weighted passes to the flanks.
The blemish was getting a silly yellow for kicking the ball away after conceding a foul.
Izzdin Shafiq 6
An unspectacular performance from the playmaker this time round. Made a few good passes and retained possession well, but that was as good as it got for him.
Had a good chance to score from a 20-yard free kick in the first half, but fired disappointingly over.
Faris Ramli 8
Continued his superb start to 2017 so far with an outstanding performance down the flanks.
Produced a delightful defence-splitting pass to set up Adam Swandi for the first goal and started the team move that led to the second.
Other than that, he was dangerous all night with his mazy dribbles and earned a number of free-kicks on good positions.
Christopher van Huizen 5
Started off well with a good run down the left byline to set up an early chance for Faris Ramli, but saw his evening end after just 14 minutes due to a heavy challenge from a PPC defender.
Adam Swandi 7.5
After faring poorly in Phnom Penh, the precocious talent redeemed himself with a rather impactful display this time round.
He scored the first goal by cleverly clipping the ball beyond the onrushing PPC goalkeeper Keo Soksela and made the second with a perfect cutback to set up Stipe Plazibat to convert.
Will probably need to contain his emotions better, though, than to react to a number of rough PPC challenges.
Stipe Plazibat 6.5
After two games, the jury is still out on whether he can ably fill the boots of the departed Ken Ilso.
The Croatian linked up well with his fellow attackers on a few occasions, but is still guilty of spurning gilt-edged chance – just like in the first leg.
Fair enough though, he ended the game on a high note with a neat first-time finish inside the near post after meeting Adam’s cutback.