The defender struck twice from freekicks to help his side down the hosts, who saw star player Khalid Hamdaoui controversially dismissed for an alleged elbow
|FROM WOODLANDS STADIUM
By Khalis Rifhan
Home United earned maximum points against Woodlands Wellington after a 3-0 victory in a hard-fought and feisty encounter at the Woodlands Stadium on Monday night.
The match was marred by a red card for Rams midfielder Khalid Hamdoui, with several players also getting into the referee's book for dangerous play.
Player of the Month for April Lee Kwan Woo opened the scoring for the Protectors midway through the first half after they dominated proceedings in the first 20 minutes of the match, before Sirina Camara added a brace in the second half.
Right-back Nor Azli Yusoff sent a precise cross from 40 yards to the far post for Lee to strike a spectacular volley that went in at the near post, leaving goalkeeper Yazid Yasin with no chance in the 22nd minute.
The South Korean could have got his name onto the scoresheet earlier after just four minutes, but his attempt from inside the box was well saved by former Singapore international Yazid.
Woodlands, who were missing defenders Shariff Samat and Rosman Sulaiman, adopted a very defensive approach to the game and left Chang Jo Yoon alone upfront as they resorted to sending long balls to their striker.
Twenty-year-old Song Ui Yong formed the spine of the Home midfield with compatriot Lee, threading dangerous balls forward for Indra Shahdan and Masato Fukui, making life busy for the Rams back-four.
The hosts were left to play with 10 men for the remainder of the match after referee Jansen Foo showed the red card to midfield maestro Khalid Hamdaoui for what looked like an elbow at Song in the 34th minute, with the latter also receiving a yellow card for shoving the former Netherlands Under-21 international.
Prior to the sending off, the Rams had threatened to score but Moon Soon Ho’s effort was denied by the bar and Chang’s freekick was palmed away by Shahril Jantan.
The second half saw the Protectors replace Indra with Firdaus Idros as coach Lee Lim Saeng pushed Jordan Webb into a more attacking position, and the former Hougang United player started to cause trouble from the restart.
Five minutes after the hour mark, the visitors were awarded a freekick after Yazid uncharacteristically brought down Webb outside the penalty box, earning himself a yellow card for the challenge.
Camara duly converted from the free-kick, sending the ball through a sea of players and the defender struck again from a set-piece in the 75th minute to seal victory for the Bishan-based club, who climb to third in the table with this victory.