Adam Swandi: It's fitting we signed off with a win
Singapore: After scoring one of the AFC Cup's fastest ever goals, Home United midfielder Adam Swandi was satisfied to end their Group Stage campaign with a 2-0 win over Kaya FC-Iloilo on Tuesday.
Two-time AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal finalists Home United may not make it to a third consecutive Southeast Asia showdown - unless there are some results of epic proportions to turn around the double digit goal difference between themselves and current best second placed side Hanoi FC - but they did ensure a runners-up finish in Group H after goals from Adam and Abdil Qaiyyim.
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Both strikes at Jalan Besar Stadium were of particular note. Adam's came after just 15 seconds of kick-off making it one of the quickest in the competition's history, while Abdil fell on his 31st birthday.
"I think the boys did very well," said Swandi, who was named man of the match.
"We pressed them [Kaya] from the get go but full credit to them for giving us a hard time in the second half.
"Definitely it's very important to finish Group H with a victory. We were last year's ASEAN Zonal champions and it's fitting that we ended the last game on a winning note.
"Credit again goes to the boys for putting up a great display."
Home United had come into the tie on the back of a disappointing Matchday Five defeat to Group H winners PSM Makassar having let slip a two goal lead to lose 3-2, and in the previous meeting with Kaya had also suffered a major setback: a 5-0 loss away in the Philippines.
FULL-TIME | @HomeUtdFC 2-0 @KayaFC— AFC Cup (@AFCCup) May 14, 2019
🇸🇬 The Home side take the victory here in Singapore and sign off their AFC Cup Group H campaign as runners-up, the Filipino side finish in third place.#HMUvKAY #AFCCup2019 pic.twitter.com/Bt5SrZOYxu
But a repeat of that comprehensive defeat never looked likely on home soil.
"It's hard to say what was different between the two performances against Kaya," said Adam.
"It could be several factors. Since the last time we met, we have changed coaches, have had a few injuries and even the match timing was different.
"Who's to say what exactly was the differentiating factor. What's important that we were in the right mindset and our performance speaks for itself.
"We've done the best we can. It's out of our hands now whether we qualify onto the next stage or not."
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