Monday, November 16, 2015


Sixth Place Finish Not Good Enough For Home

If such a sleepy league as the SLeague can have a sleeping giant then the odds are it is Home United. Last nightthey defeated Young Lions 2-1, after coming from behind, but the win sees them cement 6th place in the table, their lowest finish since 1998 when they finished seventh, the SLeague had bigger crowds and there were 11 teams in the league.

There are now 10. The sides beneath the Protectors are Harimau Muda, Young Lions, Geylang International and Hougang United with the first two being developmental sides for their Malaysian and Singapore national sides. And if Harimau Muda win their final game of the season they would finish a single point behind Home and with more SLeague victories under their belt.

Since their second and final SLeague title back in 2003, Home United fans have had little to cheer beyond Singapore Cup wins in 2005, 2011 and 2013. Not a bad haul surely but we are talking about the small SLeague where Home are considered one of the bigger fish in the pond.

They went close in 2011 and 2013 under South Korean coach Lim Laeng-saeng but ultimately fell short despite lifting cup trophies and new man Patrick Aw, promoted from within, has been charged with effecting a change in fortunes for the Bishan based club.

Last nights win saw them end a bruising run of four straight defeats, including a 2-1 loss against Geylang International which saw the Protectors unable to turn dominance into goals in the first half. They still have a chance of silverware with the Singapore Cup semi final second leg against SLeague champions elect DPMM but surely the Home support must be hoping for a more consistent league showing in 2016...however the SLeague looks!

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