Home United player ratings: Protectors dig deep for victory
Hassan Sunny: 6
Made a good save after a thumping effort from Geofrey Kizito in the 20th minute but was powerless to prevent the opponents from scoring on both occasions.
Defence would have been delighted that he came out to collect crosses with his usual supreme authority.
Juma’at Jantan: 5
Not the best of nights for the Singapore international who was culpable for at least one of the goals that Home United conceded.
The first — he was overpowered by a towering header from a physically imposing Tambwe Patiyo and while he can be let off the hook for that, the second goal is one that Juma’at would not want to see again.
He allowed Vu Minh Tuan to glide past him far too easily before he scored the away side’s second goal.
Abdil Qaiyyim: 7
Was vocal at the back and gave the defence the leadership it needed on occasions.
While he was overshadowed defensively by partner Irfan Fandi, Abdil did well to thwart the physical threat posed by Patiyo.
Irfan Fandi: 8
Was the standout player defensively for the Protectors (by a million miles, according to a former Singapore international John Wilkinson). Was unfortunate to be booked late in the first half for a clumsy challenge.
The main positive here was Irfan’s ability to play progressive passes out from the back, looking for the wide players — a facet in his game that has clearly improved.
Sirina Camara: 6
A poor first half by the Frenchman’s usual high standards.
Was given a torrid time in the opening 45 minutes by Nghiem Xuan Tu down the right flank and it was Camara who failed to cut out the cross which led to Than Quang Ninh’s equaliser.
A much better second half when he was given more space to attack from left-back.
Song Ui Young: 9
Often credited as an unsung hero for the Protectors, Song’s performance was as loud as it could get on the night as his brace secured the victory for the hosts.
His first goal came from him pinching the ball in midfield— something he and Izzdin have done to great effect.
But the real talk will be about his second and the game’s winning goal — a stupendous half-volley from just outside the box that got people off their seats at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Was also a formidable presence in midfield and made countless of lung-bursting runs into the box to support the attack. A superb showing.
Izzdin Shafiq: 7
Kept things calm in midfield for Home and while he was not too involved in things going forward, Izzdin gave the Protectors much-needed steel in midfield when needed, especially since Song poured forward to join the attack.
Faris Ramli: 7
Got the important equaliser after Home United found themselves a goal down with a perfectly-timed run into the box.
Was always a threat down the left flank and his runs into the middle caused the Viets’ defence all kinds of problem and on many occasions, they were forced to foul Faris, who is now one of the most in-form Singaporean players.
Adam Swandi: 5
Outmuscled too easily in the first half. Although he did get into good positions out wide, he was not able to affect the game as much as he would have wanted to. Was subbed off at half-time.
Khairul Nizam: 8
Perhaps the hardest working player on the field for the hosts, Nizam never stopped running until he was substituted late in the second half.
It was his purposeful run that drew the foul from Mac Hong Quan, who would be sent off for the challenge.
But more importantly, Nizam played in a superb cross into the path of Faris for Home United’s equaliser in the second half. Not a bad way to celebrate a call-up back into the national team.
Stipe Plazibat: 7
Not a bad performance from the Croatian but apart from a late chance to head his side into the lead, there were not many opportunities for Plazibat here.
Also, provided a superb through ball for Home United’s opening goal and was a nuisance for the defenders all evening with his physicality.