Faris tears DPMM to shreds in Home United’s extraordinary 9-3 mauling
The winger had a direct involvement in eight of Home’s nine goals, scoring four himself and providing as many assists as the Protectors trimmed Albirex Niigata’s lead at the top to two points, although the White Swans have a game in hand.
Home coach Aidil Shahrin had nothing but praise for his star winger, who has been in red-hot form this season. Faris already has 11 goals in 16 games, to go along with 12 assists.
“Definitely he was awesome, he has been our key player all season,” Aidil said.
“He worked hard for it today, for him you can see that four goals were not enough, he wanted to keep on going. His performance was top-class today.”
Faris gave a hint of what was to come in the 11th minute, running onto a delightful chip by Shamil Sharif, but his shot was beaten away by DPMM goalkeeper Alijanda Sitom.
He repaid the favour six minutes later with a clever backheel for Shamil, only for Alijanda to pull off another good save.
But there was no stopping the winger in the 21st minute, as he began the ‘Faris Ramli’ show by latching onto Shamil’s visionary through ball and producing an exquisite lob over the DPMM custodian to open the floodgates.
The goalkeeper was then beaten again by Faris from close range, after Stipe Plazibat had nicked the ball off Najib Tarif and found the winger in the box.
Plazibat himself got in on the act as he picked up the ball from Faris and skipped away from his man, before drilling Home’s third goal into the bottom corner in the 32nd minute.
DPMM had barely recovered when they conceded another two goals in the space of as many minutes, with Faris proving to be a huge tormentor.
First, he played a lovely ball to Plazibat and, with only Alijanda to beat, the Croatian calmly picked his spot to make it 4-0 in the 35th minute. Khairul Nizam then found himself in a similar situation just a minute later and he too put away Faris’ lay-on.
Faris then scored his hat-trick with a well-taken strike from the edge of the box, as he lashed a shot past Alijanda just before an incredible half of football came to an end.
In the second half, Faris and Home continued where they left off.
After assisting Adam Swandi and watching Song Ui Young’s shot deflected into goal, Faris lashed another strong strike past Alijanda for his fourth and Home’s final goal of the night in the 58th minute.
Rafael Ramazotti, Shahrazen Said and Adi Said all pulled back goals for DPMM, but they all proved mere consolations for the well beaten visitors.
Unfortunately we were unable to convert, so we need to train more. I scored four but I think I need to go back and train more to score more
Faris revealed it was the first time he ever registered a hat-trick, although he had harboured hopes of doing so before the game.
“I am extremely happy because this our last game before our AFC Cup zonal semi-final against Global and we did very well as a team and me as an individual,” Faris said.
“To be honest, before the game we were playing around among ourselves and a lot of us said it was a good day to score goals. So I had aimed for a hat-trick.”
However, Faris insisted he was not going to get carried away by the moment, especially since his side also wasted numerous other chances.
“When I scored a hat-trick, I wanted my teammates to score a hat-trick too so I tried to create for Stipe, Nizam and Adam,” he said.
“But unfortunately we were unable to convert, so we need to train more. I scored four but I think I need to go back and train more to score more.”
Despite suffering his worst-ever defeat as a coach, DPMM's Steve Kean was surprisingly calm at the post-match press conference.
League champions just two seasons ago, the Wasps are currently stuck near the bottom of the table, with only the Young Lions below them. Kean is enduring his worst run of results in the S.League since he took over in 2015.
However, he urged for patience as he looks to rebuild his side during the mid-season transfer window.
“After a game like that, we didn’t deserve any points. if you defend in that manner, you don’t win football matches,” Kean said matter-of-factly.
“We are fine in midfield, we are fine upfront, we can create, we can score, but at the back at the moment, we are looking very open, very frail… we are struggling to smell danger, which is the basics of defending.
“Sometimes you have to rebuild a team, the last three years we have always been in the top three, in the cup finals. We find ourselves in a difficult spot at the moment, but sometimes we have to rebuild.”