That was what they achieve but they were given a massive scare as the Cubs - even when they named a few greenhorn to their first team - held the Bishan side scoreless up to half-time and then early in the second period, the Jalan Besar side took the lead through Faris Ramli.
The championship hopes of the Protectors looked gone for good before a surprise hero emerged from the bench.
Prime League forward Sufian Anuar is hardly someone who will ring a bell when the Protectors were looking for a goal source but the Prime League second top scorer and Home United Prime League top scorer was that man.
He scored after 10 minutes on the pitch before adding his second a minute later.
The Protectors were now 2-1 ahead and their championship hopes were back on the burner thanks to their Prime League main man.
Lionel Lewis (GK), Shahril Alias, Valery Hiek, (Sufian Anuar) Zulfadli Zainal Abidin, Shi Jiayi, Tengku Mushadad, Chun Jae Woon, Shahril Ishak(C), Isa Halim, 9Firdaus Kasman) Shahdan Sulaiman, Jun Woo Keun
Izwan Mahbud (GK),