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  • March 11, 2014
  • • 19:30
  • • Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
  • Referee: C. Beath
  • • Attendance: 2085

Wasteful Home held by Persipura

Wasteful Home held by Persipura

S.League / Darren Ho

The Protectors missed a host of chances against the Indonesia Super League champions and were duly punished after conceding the equaliser late on in their AFC Cup Group E match

Home United are still looking for their first victory of the 2014 AFC Cup campaign after a late equaliser from Persipura Jayapura prevented the S.League side from taking all three points.

After losing their first match 1-0 against Maldivian side New Radiant, the honours remained even in an end-to-end match as the tie ended 1-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Yasir Hanapi gave the Protectors a first-half lead with a glorious effort, but their profligacy in front of goal cost them as Ferinando Pahabol equalised after coming on early in the second half.

It was Persipura who first came close to breaking the deadlock in the 12th minute after a cross from the right found Boaz Salossa in the penalty box, but the forward’s goal-bound volley was easily saved by Shahril Jantan.

Soon after that, Qiu Li had two chances in quick successions, but failed to connect with the ball the first time round and fired wide of the near post in his second attempt.

Yasir finally opened the scoring on 28 minutes after being released by the ever-impressive Lee Kwan Woo, as the former LionsXII winger lifted the ball over goalkeeper Yoo Jae Hoon into the back of the net.

Home then went on the ascendency as they looked to double their lead, with Qiu and Fazli Ayob both firing wide after good passages of play. Fazli did put the ball in the back of the net after 36 minutes when Lee found him in the six yard area, but his goal was ruled offside.

The Protectors came close yet again three minutes later as Lee’s volley was palmed away by Yoo, before Izzdin Shafiq’s shot from the rebound bounced just wide of the left post.

Boaz Salossa then had an excellent opportunity to draw his side level minutes before the break after getting past Precious Emuejeraye, but his shot went just wide off the far post.

The second half began in the same entertaining fashion as the first, as midfielder Ian Kabes’s shot four minutes after the break was easily saved by Shahril.

Five minutes later, Persipura came close again as Boaz appeared to have gotten through on goal, but Sirina Camara made an excellent last-ditch tackle.

Qiu then twice had opportunities to extend Home’s lead, but Yoo was equal to both his efforts.

Izzdin though, had the best chance of the lot after Yasir sent him clear on goal after 68 minutes, but his one-on-one effort was again well saved by the Korean goalkeeper.

Home eventually paid for their wastefulness and were dealt a huge blow as the Black Pearls drew level with a quarter of an hour left.

A blocked shot somehow bounced into the path of Ferinando, who placed his effort into the far corner past Shahril with the aid of a deflection.

Both sides had multiple chances to try and get a winning goal, but the referee’s full-time whistle ensured honours remained even.