S.League Good & Bad: Protectors on the warpath, Hougang inconsistent

A pivotal clash between Home United and Albirex Niigata was certain to be one of the major talking points, but there were other highlights from the round's action in the S.League. Deepanraj Ganesan picks out the Good and the Bad from the past week. ​

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The Good

Home United continue to impress

With two big games in the space of a mere four days, Home United made an excellent account of themselves.

While the Protectors failed to narrow the gap on leaders and defending champions Albirex Niigata in a 1-1 draw, they went on to beat Geylang International 3-1. This was no mean feat considering the Eagles have been in a good run of form, winning three consecutive games in the league. 

Home will want to retain the services of Stipe Plazibat. Photo: S.League

Home currently sit third in the S.League, four points behind Tampines Rovers but with two games in hand.

Home also had an impressive AFC Cup campaign, where they finished runners-up in the zonal finals.

Will they be able to retain top forward Stipe Plazibat? Will they bolster the squad further to challenge for the title next season? It all remains to be seen, but even if they end up trophy-less, the Protectors have won respect. 

Brunei DPMM finally end wretched run

It took them 14 games but DPMM managed to finally claw their way to three points after a 2-1 away victory over Hougang United.

Prior to their latest victory, DPMM's previous win also came against Hougang way back in April.

Yes, the former S.League champions, led by a former English Premier League coach, went five months without a league victory.

DPMM have been woeful this season, only winning two games. Photo: S.League

The current campaign has been one to forget for Steve Kean and company, who have won only two of their 18 league games. DPMM's current points tally stands at eight, a massive 42 points behind leaders Albirex.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.