Two-time S.League champions Home United pulverised their Cambodian rivals Boeung Ket 6-0 in their AFC Cup Group F encounter in a sparsely filled Jalan Basar Stadium on Wednesday evening, exacting revenge for their recent 3-2 defeat in Phnom Penh.
Adding insult to injury for Boeung Ket was the straight red card forward Samuel Ajayi received for tripping defender Jummat Jantan with less than 10 minutes of regulation time left.
By then coach Keo Kosal’s men were already staring a heavy defeat after Home United, nicknamed the Protectors, kept stretching their 2-0 first-half advantage and hardly gave the visitors either the space or the time for any sort of meaningful breakaways.
In the limited opportunities that Boeung Ket had, forwards Maycon Calijuri, Julius Oiboh and Ajayi did string together a couple of promising moves. But against a backline that gave nothing away, Boeung Ket could make no headway.
Instead, they were often forced to defend their own half in great numbers.
Midfielder Izzdin Shafiq’s well-flighted free-kick was headed in by Shahril Ishak in the 37th minute to open the scoring for Home United, and within five minutes South Korean Song Ui-young scored from a low cross from Shahril Ishak to record his third goal in this campaign.
Fartiz Hameed added another with a tap-in from a pass from Ishak, who was easily the pick of the Home United strike force.
The strongly built Anumanthan Kumar smashed home the fourth goal of the game from close range in the 71st minute.
He was back nine minutes later to produce a screamer from 20 yards out.
It was left to captain Shafiq to round off the tally with his first goal of the season with a well struck free-kick a long way out. The goal typified Boeung Ket’s surrender.
Seasoned forward Khoun Laboravy was brought on late from the bench.
But with Ajayi leaving the pitch, the clock running out and the goals piling up, Boeung Ket had to resign themselves to a margin of defeat they could have hardly imagined before the start.