Home United, barely, got back to winning way as they defeated Sengkang Punggol 2-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
They showed, once again, why going ahead they will faced a difficult season as they struggled to impose their will against a side who are themselves hardly world beater in the league.
Home United did not make the Dolphins defence sweat and if not for Home United 'man-of-the-match' Fadhil Salim (Yes, he is the Dolphins keeper) they would not have won let alone score their two goals.
Choi Chul Woo got his goal after Fadhil Salim dropped the ball for him and then the custodian will go to punch a tame freekick from Valery Hiek into his own net.
But now the real test as the Protectors will enter a more difficult phase of the season where four of their next six matches are against sides in the top half last season.
They will get Singapore Cup champions Geylang United, Eastern giant Tampines Rovers, resurgent Gombak United and Champions SAFFC.
Can they cope with it?
Not based on the last three games, and last night added proof to that, as apart from the goals, Home United basically did not gel as a unit and their defence continue to show a lacked of steel.
The night before Gombak United defeated Young Lions 2-0 at Jurong West Stadium with goals from Chang Jo Yoon and Fazrul Nawaz.
Lionel Lewis, (Rosman Sulaiman) Juma’at Jantan, Shariff Samat, Valery Hiek, ( Sherif El-Masri) Nelson San Martin, Isa Halim, Sharil Ishak (C), (Firdaus Indros) Shi Jia Yi, Naufal Omar Ashiblie, Zulfadli Zainal Abidin, Choi Chul Woo
Fadhil Salim, Sim Li Ming, Duncan Elias, (Sobrie Mazelan) Lau Meng Meng, Faizal Amir, Nor Azli Yusoff (C), Jordan Webb, (Jasper Seet) Jala, Abdoulaye Diallo, (Farizal Basri) Mamadou Diallo, Murphy Wiredu
Zaiful Nizam, Jaslee Hatta (C), Bah Mamadou, Obadin Aikhena, (Hamqaamal Shah) Fazli Jaffar, Jeremy Chiang, (Zulkiffli Hassim) Ridhwan Jamaludin, Fazrul Nawaz , Goran Subara, Park Kang Jin, (Shafuan Sutohmoh) Chang Jo Yoon
Izwan Mahbud, Safuwan Baharudin, Shakir Hamzah, Luka Savic, (Afiq Yunos) Izzdin Shafiq, Hariss Harun (C), Abdil Qaiyyim, Seo Su Jong, (Gabriel Quak) Nazrul Ahmad Nazari, (Fairoz Hasan) Khairul Nizam, Shahfiq Ghani
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