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Missed the thrills and spills in Singapore's only professional football league? Here's a quick recap of the action over the past week, which saw Home thump Warriors in their derby

BALESTIER KHALSA 2-0 HARIMAU MUDA B
(Zulkiffli Hassim 21', Goran Ljubojevic 42')
Balestier got their first win in six attempts as they beat Harimau Muda 2-0 at the Toa Payoh Stadium on Wednesday evening. The visitors, who have yet to secure a single point after 10 matches, started the game more menacingly, but they were outdone by their poor finishing and the Tigers duly punished them in the 21st minute when Zulkiffli gave the home side the lead after tapping in from close range. Balestier then doubled their lead three minutes before the break as Ljubojevic scored his seventh goal of the season after beating Ilham Amirullah and slotting the ball into an empty net. 

 

WOODLANDS WELLINGTON 0-2 BRUNEI DPMM
(Rodrigo Tosi pen. 14', Azwan Ali 45')
A defeat for Warriors FC and a draw for Tampines Rovers meant DPMM strengthened their grip at the top of the table as they beat 10-man Woodlands on Wednesday evening. Walid Lounis was given his marching orders after only 12 minutes and the visitors immediately capitalised as Tosi scored the resulting penalty, his 10th goal of the season and the first player to reach double digits for goals this year. The Bruneian outfit then doubled their lead on the stroke of half time after Azwan's beautiful effort from just outside the penalty area. The visitors were unable to build on their lead in the second period, but it mattered little as they sit five points clear at the top, while Woodlands languish in ninth place.

 

TAMPINES ROVERS 1-1 ALBIREX NIIGATA
(Luis Closa 75' | Shuhei Hotta 6')
Rafi Ali's first match in charge as interim coach of Tampines ended in a draw as his side came back from a goal down to draw level with Albirex at the Clementi stadium on Thursday evening. After a tumultous week for the club that saw Salim Moin resign, the hosts got off to the worst start possible as Hotta gave his side the lead after only six minutes as he headed in from a corner. The Stags fought back valiantly though, as they hit the post twice in the first half. Miljan Mrdakovic had a host of chances to equalise for the reigning S.League champions but it wasn't to be, until Closa's intervention. The Paraguayan's long-range strike after a cleared corner kick beat Kazuki Kishigami as it ended in the bottom corner. But just like their previous game against Tanjong Pagar, they were unable to make their late dominance count as they missed a few chances, with the match finally ending a goal and a point apiece.

 

GEYLANG INTERNATIONAL 1-1 TANJONG PAGAR UNITED
(Leonel Felice 83' | Ruzaini Zainal 47')
Geylang fought back from a goal down to nick a point off Tanjong Pagar, as they gained a third consecutive 1-1 draw in the S.League. After a drab first half, it took Ruzaini two minutes to break the deadlock into the second half after Tengku Mushadad's set piece found the midfielder at the far post to hit the ball home. The Eagles then took the initiative and tried to muster an equaliser, only for Aurelien Herisson to keep the hosts at bay with a series of fine saves. However, they were not to be outdone and Felice continued his fine goalscoring run as his header from Aliff Shafaein's cross ensured both teams ended the match with a share of the spoils.

 

WARRIORS FC 1-4 HOME UNITED
(Hafiz Rahim 21'  | Fazrul Nawaz 12', Indra Sahdan 71', 77', Bruno Castanheira 89' )
Home emerged victorious in the highly anticipated uniform derby as they thumped Warriors 4-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday evening. The Protectors, who were fresh from their defeat at the hands of Albirex last week, made amends with an impressive display as Warriors failed to cope with their attacking impetus. Fazrul opened the scoring after a frantic opening period, but it took Hafiz only nine minutes to draw his side level after a smart finish at the near post. Home slowly began to dominate the game and had a series of excellent opportunities to take the lead, but Hassan Sunny was in imperious form as he made save after save. Eventually, it was Indrawho made the telling difference, as his quickfire double in the 71st and 77th minute gave Home a deserved lead. Castanheira then put the icing on the cake with a fine finish a minute before full time, condemning Warriors to only their second defeat of the season.

 

HOUGANG UNITED 0-3 COURTS YOUNG LIONS
(Sahil Suhaimi 39', 65', Jordan Webb 44')
In what turned out to me the most shocking result of the week, the Young Lions beat Hougang 3-0 to secure only their second win of the season on Friday evening. It seemed like an emphatic victory as they secured their first clean sheet of the saeson, but it was far from comfortable as Syazwan Buhari made a string of fine saves to deny Hougang. Eventually, two quick counter-attacking goals from Sahil  and Webb gave the visitors a surprise 2-0 lead at the break, and Hougang never recovered from the setback. Sahil found himself on the scoresheet again in the second half with an impeccable goal as he beat three Hougang defenders before slotting the ball past Fadhil Salim. However, the striker somehow managed to get himself sent off 10 minutes from time after an off-the-ball incident with Fazli Jaffar, who incidently also received his marching orders. 

WEEK 10 AT A GLANCE : 16 GOALS, 1 PENALTY, 30 YELLOW CARDS, 3 RED CARDS.
TOP SCORERS:
10- RODRIGO TOSI (DPMM)
8 - GEISON MOURA (HOUGANG), ROY O'DONOVAN (DPMM)
7 - MIROSLAV PEJIC (WARRIORS), NICOLAS VELEZ (WARRIORS), KAZUKI SAKAMOTO (ALBIREX), GORAN LJUBOJEVIC (BALESTIER KHALSA)
ASSIST LEADERS:
7 - LEE KWAN WOO (HOME), MIROSLAV PEJIC (WARRIORS)
6 - ROSMIN KAMIS (DPMM)
5 - ALEKSANDAR DURIC (TAMPINES), INDRA SAHDAN (HOME)
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