NFL Division One: SAFSA Rout Sporting Westlake To Extend Unbeaten Run

Aaron Chan
Writer / Editor
The Unofficial S.League Podcast

4 July 2017: SAFSA extended their unbeaten run to six games when they dispatched second-placed GFA Sporting Westlake with a 4-1 win on Sunday evening.

It was Sporting Westlake who started off the match brightly when Shahrul Hamid flicked the ball forward for Yuto Nagai in the 8th minute but the Japanese striker was thwarted by SAFSA skipper Wyldan Wisam, who did well to put in a timely sliding tackle to block off his shot.

The match was then suspended moments later for close to thirty minutes due to the activation of the Lightning Warning System and the momentum swung in SAFSA's favour barely four minutes after the restart when Ignatius Ang cut past Al Harith Majid before squeezing the ball into the six yard box from a tight angle for Nur Hizami to blast home into the roof of the net.

A terrible backpass by Amin Rossady in the 18th minute sent Jumari Semin through on goal with no one but the keeper left to beat and the veteran made no mistake from 5 yards out to equalise for the Young Samurais.

The attacking trident of Ignatius Ang, Nur Hizami and Suria Prakash were intent on regaining the lead for SAFSA and Ang really should have scored in the 26th minute when he picked up Suria's deflected shot and pinged it just over the crossbar.

Hazzliryn Halim then had a chance to put Sporting Westlake ahead in the 33rd minute when he curled a superb free kick past the wall but Shaiful Nizam leapt across goal to pull off a top drawer save to deny him.

The missed opportunity would prove costly as Nur Hizami bagged a second goal for SAFSA nine minutes later, timing his run perfectly to beat the offside trap to slot it past Eizzul Murjani's outstretched boot.

Sean Ang then threaded a wonderful through ball to Jumari seven minutes after the restart, who in turn attempted to place the ball into the net but Shaiful came off his line quickly to snuff out the danger.

Nur Hizami would turn provider in the 59th minute, returning the favour to Ang by releasing him with a brilliant pass and the former Hougang man dinked it over substitute custodian Irfan Feizal and into the net.

Ang would get his second goal 14 minutes later, ghosting in behind the Sporting Westlake defence to latch on to a long ball before rounding Irfan to sidefoot the ball into an empty net.

The win sees SAFSA firmly etched in first place with 16 points after five wins and one draw. Sporting Westlake, on the other hand, slid into fourth place after Yishun Sentek Mariners (2nd) and Balestier United RC (3rd) both registered wins over the weekend.

SAFSA will face Police SA in the NFL's 'uniform derby' next weekend while the Young Samurais will hope to go back to winning ways against 9th placed Admiralty FC.

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