Singapore Football

Yasir targets dream finish

Home United's utility man Yasir Hanapi is also one of their most reliable and consistent performers.

Be it as a winger, a rightback or a central midfielder, the 25-year-old has carried out his tasks with distinction in this Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League season.

In the RHB Singapore Cup final tonight, he is set to be unleashed from his most natural position on the right flank, as Home look to use his pace and guile to carve open Balestier Khalsa's resolute defence.

Having enjoyed his first campaign at the Bishan Stadium after moving from Geylang International, he is now hoping to end it on a high.

Said Yasir, who has scored five goals in all competitions: "It has been one of my better seasons.

"I'm pleased with how I've contributed to the team and it would be a good feeling to end 
the year by winning something.

"I was a substitute the last time I won the Singapore Cup (with Geylang in 2009) so I'm pretty excited at the chance to play a more important role."

Home have won two of their three clashes with the Tigers this season.

However, Balestier recorded a 3-0 win when they met at the Jalan Besar Stadium back in June.

While the Protectors enter the final as slight favourites, Yasir feels they cannot afford to underestimate their opponents.

"I think it's important that we don't concede an early goal, like we did earlier this season," the ex-LionsXII man said.

"We ended up having to chase the game and that left gaps behind for Balestier to exploit.

"If we can keep it tight early on, we have players like Lee (Kwan Woo) and Fazrul (Nawaz) to hurt them."