2014 Prime League Review - Round 9

Leaders Home United mounted a fightback from two goals down to seal victory, while the younger National Football Academy boys turned the tables on their seniors

There were three high-scoring matches in the latest round of the 2014 Prime League, which saw Home United maintain their position as top dogs.

The young Protectors had to do it the hard way, however, as Tanjong Pagar United took a 2-0 lead on Monday through Afiq Sharil and Lucas Jester. But the hosts showed incredible spirit in the last half hour as a brace from Herman Osman levelled matters, before Nurhalis Azmi struck the winner eight minutes from time to seal a 3-2 comeback triumph.

At the same time, the National Football Academy U17s (NFA U17) clashed with their U18 counterparts in a stunning nine-goal thriller, where they eventually ran out 6-3 winners. Iqram Rifqi's set the seniors on their way, but two goals from Joshua Bernard Pereira in the space of two minutes levelled the scores before Karthik Raj gave the U17s a half-time lead. Zulfadhmi Suzliman's equaliser would be the last time the U18s would find the net, as goals from Shah Zulkarnean and Zulkhair Mustaffa sandwiched Pereira's hat-trick strike to give them victory.

The third game of the day was a low-scoring one at Toa Payoh Stadium, where Balestier Khalsa edged Hougang United 1-0 thanks to Ahmad Syahir's second-minute goal, which handed them only their second victory of the season.

A day earlier, Woodlands Wellington beat the Singapore Cubs by the same score, as Sobrie Mazelan's goal gave them a 1-0 triumph. The last high-scoring game was the first one one in Round 10, where Tampines Rovers succumbed to a 3-2 loss to visiting Warriors FC. Cameron Bell gave them a good start but Suria Prakash wiped out the lead from the penalty spot. Taufik Suparno restored the advantage with a spot-kick of his own, but Zulfadhli Emran and Amin Rossady overturned the deficit to lead Warriors to three points.

Upcoming matches:
May 3
Tanjong Pagar vs Balestier, 5p.m., Queenstown Stadium
Geylang vs Home, 5p.m., Bedok Stadium
Warriors vs NFA U17, 5p.m., Choa Chu Kang Stadium
Hougang vs Tampines, 5p.m., Hougang Stadium
May 5
NFA U18 vs Woodlands, 7.30p.m., Bukit Gombak Stadium

League table and top scorers (as of April 29):