Only seven days after a close defeat at the hands of Tampines, Balestier Khalsa bounced back in emphatic style with a resounding 2-0 win over Warriors FC at Toa PayohThere had been little wrong with the Tigers a week earlier at Clementi Stadium, only a strong fight-back from a star-studded Stags’ side spoiling the visitors’ hopes of at least claiming a point, before going down 2-1, once Aleksandar Duric had been summoned from the bench to set up the winner for his team.
This time Balestier had to get the most out of their own star player, Qiu Li, before the Singapore international was carried off after only 34 minutes, with what was suspected to be a serious leg injury.
Fortunately for Balestier they had another man ready to step up and control the game for them.
Park Kang Jin was imperious, showing massive confidence on the ball and a keen vision.
He was aided by a team effort from the Tigers who coasted home, after going 2-0 up in the first half.
The Warriors had Hassan Sunny back in goal after missing the last two matches and he appeared set to repay the confidence of his coach.
Hassan made two superb saves in the first half, but was helpless to prevent the opening goal after only seven minutes.
Ruhaizad Ismail ran onto a precision pass from Kim Min Ho, after combining well with Park in clever lead-up work, with Ruhaizad finishing easily against a completely exposed Hassan.
Mislav Karoglan rocked the Balestier crossbar in the 27th minute with a header, off a smart cross from the left by Shi Jia Yi and when Hassan saved superbly from Park, after a neat exchange of passes with Kim, it looked as if the Warriors might be able to get back in the game.
But right on 45 minutes Ruhaizad was in the thick of the action once more, delivering a telling pass for Park to finish stylishly, although Hassan appeared to let the ball slip through his grasp.
Warriors worked hard after the break, but had no answer to Park’s supreme control of the midfield, consoling themselves with a second -half clean sheet.
The result places V.Selvaraj's men three places off the bottom while the Tigers climb to fourth.