|Credible display by SRC (white shorts)|
The defeat against the Protectors came days after they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by another S.League side Woodlands Wellington on last Friday.
Unlike Police SA, their fellow NFL peers in the same tournament who suffered heavy losses in their campaign, the Padang-based club filled up their roster with a number of players who had experience in the professional scene, as compared to the law enforcers's base of mainly regular officers and full-time national servicemen.
|Aliimaran Lomri clears the ball|
It was an evenly-contested affair that the part-timers did well to hold the hosts at bay with good works from former Balestier Khalsa defence lynchpin Daniel Hammond and one-time Lions Aliimran Lomri at the back to deny any advancement, while almost came close at the half hour mark to take a surprise lead for themselves if not for the woodwork.
|Indra Sahdan (right) finding his way through|
Striking the iron while it was hot that it wasn't too long before Home United doubled their tally a minute later with another goal from Fazli Ayob and off to the dressing room soon after.
Although the reigning Singapore Cup holders came close on several occasions in the second half to increase their lead with the introduction of Lee, Castanheira and Qiu in the attacking front, the score remained status quo till the end of the night.
|Naoto Iwasawa slides his way through|
Said the former Korean international:"For that (misfiring in the second half) and any criticism towards the team, I will take full responsibility for that, since my players had played according to my instruction,"
"With the tight schedule ahead for us, I have to rest a few of my senior players to conserve the energy as we only have a few days of rest before our next match and it's not going to be easy that I hope my players recover well after this match."
|Dan Hammond (back) played for various S.League clubs|
"It helps with the presence of the players with S.League experience in our lineup, given the fact that we are an amateur side going up against professional teams in the S.League." said Morgan.
"I think we played well and 2-0 is a good result in which I am impressed with the way we counter-attack them until the penalty that we should have scored before that."
Following this outcome, the Protectors will progress to the Quarter-Finals stage with the Plate competition awaiting the part-timers with those who also finish at the bottom of other groups.
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