Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cheetah score late win

With a new name, mascot and outlook, Hougang United were hoping for a good start and they got it as they snatched a 1-0 win against Woodlands Wellington.

Despite the win, the Cheetah were outplayed for period of the game and it must be worrying as the Rams are among the weakest in the league this season.

Indeed, the Rams did so well against the Hougang side that coach R. Balasubramaniam believed it should have been them who would have got the winner if their UK defender Graham Tatters had not been send off.

The 26-year-old got his marching orders after a tackle inside the penalty area that referee Sukhbir Singh adjudged a foul and as it was committed by the last defender, it meant it was a professional foul which automatically mean a red card.

That was the turning point in the game even as the Cheetah will miss the resulting spotkick.

The home side now manages to pass the ball with better precision as the numerical advantage started to count.

But there was no goal to show for it until near the end as Mamadou Diallo headed in the ball as he was left unmarked in the box and no doubt R. Balasubramaniam will believe Tatters will have been there if he was not send off 

Hougang United
Fadhil Salim (GK) (C), Fumiya Kobayashi, Ratna Suffian, Syaqir Sulaiman, Fazli Jaffar, Duncan Elias (Sobrie Mazelan), Carlos Delgado, Noor Ali (Basit Hamid), Azhar Sairudin, Diego Oliviera, Mamadou Diallo (Emmeric Ong)

Woodlands Wellington 
Amos Boon (GK), Adrian Butters, Sahairi Ramri, Munier Raychouni, Madhu Mohana, Ali Imran Lomri, Graham Tatters, Nigel Vanu (Goh Swee Swee), Sazali Salleh (C), Shahri Musa (Syed Karim), Leonardo Alexio

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