Home get new coach Aidil off to perfect start
Striker Ken Ilso's brace sandwiched Song Ui-Young goal as new Home coach Aidil Sharin began his stint with a morale-boosting win.
The result could have been so different had the Warriors capitalised on their good start, but Jonathan Behe was just unable to convert in front goal.
In the 14th minute, Behe cleverly curled a shot around his marker towards the bottom corner by Home goalkeeper Hyrulnizam Juma'at did well to tip away his shot.
Nine minutes later, Nikola Rak stole the ball off Shahrin Saberin and played it past Hyrulnizam for Behe to take the shot first time but defender Abdil Qaiyyim made a goal-line clearance.
The Protectors began to dominate play thereafter and Yazid Yasin had to block a Ilso shot in the 34th minute.
For every new coach like me, three points is always a good start.
However, the goalkeeper could do nothing about the opener three minutes later, as Shamil Sharif's raking cross found Ilso in the box and his shot was deflected past a wrongfooted Yazid.
The Warriors could have gone into the break trailing by two goals but Azhar Sairudin was denied by Yazid after he met Khairul Nizam's squared pass.
In the 52nd minute, Azhar's ball over the topp found Nizam but once again Yazid came to his side's rescue by pushing away the forward's fierce shot.
The visitors enjoyed a rare chance in the 54th minute as Shaiful Esah lashed a long range strike at goal but Hyrulnizam did well to palm the shot away.
Home's advantage were duly doubled four minutes after the hour mark, as Shamil did well to keep the ball from going out at the byline before cutting it back for Song Ui-Young to slot home.
The icing on the cake came in the 90th minute, as Song's pinpoint cross was well-met by Ilso and he directed it into goal.
Aidil was pleased with the result but he was cautious about getting too carried away with the victory.
"Of course I'm very happy with the performance from my boys, you can see that they are putting in lots of effort and I can see the result," he said.
"For every new coach like me, three points is always a good start. But I need to work hard as a young coach, and I am learning from the players and I hope we will continue learning together."
Aidil added he believes the Protectors were capable of much more, as they aim to show they belong among the top teams in the league.
Home moved into third place with this victory but they are still 13 points off Albirex Niigata (S), who do not play till Friday.
"I believe this is just the start for them, I hope we can play better," he said.
"I want to collect as much points as possible but also not to forget to take one game at a time to achieve further goals. All teams are fighting hard for the last round... so it's to get as high up as there as possible.