S.League Roundup: Week 9

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 Albirex halt Home's winning run
COURTS YOUNG LIONS 2-3 WARRIORS FC
(Muhaimin Suhaimi 76', Sahil Suhaimi 90' | Nicolas Velez 31', 62', Marin Vidosevic 65')
The Warriors continued their fine run of form as they temporarily climbed to the top of the table after beating the Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Thursday. Velez's exceptional form saw him bring his season's tally to seven goals, as his brace made it six in the last two games. Vidosevic added a third with a header and they looked comfortable with a three-goal cushion. But in typical Young Lions fashion, they tried to conjure a late comeback as Muhaimin got a goal with a quarter of an hour left to play, before Sahil's free kick in added time reduced the deficit to one. But it was a little too late for them as Warriors got away with all three points.

 

HARIMAU MUDA B 3-4 HOUGANG UNITED
(Ramzi Sufian 6', Nurshamil Abd Ghani 65', 90' | Nurhilmi Jasni 1', Geison Moura 45', Diego Gama 58', Nakatake Shunsuke 76')
It was goals galore in Pasir Gudang as the Cheetahs returned to winning way after edging Harimau Muda in a seven-goal thriller. The game was filled with goalkeeping blunders, as Nurhilmi scored the first goal after 20-odd seconds. Nazri Sabri's mistake then allowed Ramzi to equalise a few minutes later, but Moura gave his side the lead just before the break as he tapped in after Ahmad Solehin bundled a cross. Gama scored the visitors' third goal after Solehin made a hash of his effort from 25 yards. But the Young Tigers got a lifeline after Nazri's mistake allowed Nurshamil to head the ball home. However, yet another goalkeeping error allowed Nakatake to lob the ball into an empty net, with Firman Hanif then given his marching orders near the end of the game. Nurshamil scored his second of the evening right at the death but it was came too late for the hosts, as they slumped to their ninth consecutive defeat.

 

TANJONG PAGAR UNITED 1-1 TAMPINES ROVERS
(Sebastien Etiemble 45' | Noh Alam Shah 67')
The defending champions arrested their recent losing streak as they came back from a goal down to rescue a point against the Jaguars at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday evening. The Stags, who had only one win in their previous five games, were second best for majority of the opening period and fell behind right on the stroke of half-time. Etiemble tapped in from close range after Monsef Zerka raced clear of the Tampines defence and squared the ball to the Frenchman. But Patrick Vallee's men were made to pay for missing a host of chances as the Stags equalised midway through the second period, when Alam Shah's header from Ang Zhiwei's cross rescued a point.

 

BRUNEI DPMM 4-1 BALESTIER KHALSA
(Roy O'Donovan 45', 81', Rodrigo Tosi pen. 60', 69' | Kim Minho 86')
DPMM stormed back to the summit of the S.League table after routing the Tigers at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on Friday evening. Roy O'Donovan and Rodrigo Tosi scored a brace each as the Bruneian outfit made it 15 goals in the last three games, but they struggled to break down their opponents until the stroke of half time as O'Donovan beat Zaiful Nizam in a one-on-one situation. Tosi's penalty on the hour mark after O'Donovan was felled in the penalty area doubled their lead and it didn't take long for Tosi to score his second of the evening after a goalmouth scramble. O'Donovan's neat finish nine minutes from time capped a fine performance for the home side, even though Kim Minho's consolation goal took a slight gloss off the result.

 

GEYLANG INTERNATIONAL 1-1 WOODLANDS WELLINGTON
(Kento Fukuda 40' | Moon Soon Ho 56' )
The Eagles continued their fine unbeaten run under Jorg Steinebrunner despite being held 1-1 by a resilient Rams side, who were looking to build on their impressive victory over Tampines Rovers a week ago. Defender Fukuda gave the hosts the lead five minutes before the break after he rose highest to nod in Mustaqim Manzur's free-kick. However, their lead was shortlived as goalkeeper Joey Sim scuffed a clearance to Atsushi Shimono, who found Chang Jo-yoon to set up Moon for a leveller. Geylang tried to find a winner but they were thwarted time and again by Yazid Yasin's heroics as the match ended all square.

 

ALBIREX NIIGATA 4-2 HOME UNITED
(Kazuki Sakamoto 10', 62', Kazuya Okazaki 57', Shuhei Hotta 68' | Lee Kwan Woo 77', 93')
The White Swans halted the Protectors' six-game winning run with a blistering display on Sunday evening. Sakamoto opened the scoring for the hosts on 10 minutes in the only goal of the half and it was only in the second half that the floodgates well and truly opened. The hosts struck thrice in 11 minutes as Okazaki pounced on a long ball on 57 minutes after Shahril Jantan's hesitation and hit the ball into an empty net. Sakamoto then got his second five minutes later, coolly slotting a through ball past Shahril. Hotta he tapped in a rebound soon after to stun Home. But the visitors did try to muster a comeback as Lee's long-range strike 13 minutes from time beat Kazuki Kishigami. In added time, the Korean then fired a beautiful first-time shot that hit the underside of the bar before being adjudged to have crossed the line, though it could not prevent a third loss of the season.

WEEK 9 AT A GLANCE: 27 GOALS, 1 PENALTY, 1 FREE-KICK, 23 YELLOW CARDS, 1 RED CARD.

TOP SCORERS:
9 - RODRIGO TOSI (DPMM)
8 - GEISON MOURA (HOUGANG), ROY O'DONOVAN (DPMM)
7 - MIROSLAV PEJIC (WARRIORS), NICOLAS VELEZ (WARRIORS), KAZUKI SAKAMOTO (ALBIREX)
ASSIST LEADERS:
7 - LEE KWAN WOO (HOME), MIROSLAV PEJIC (WARRIORS)
6 - ROSMIN KAMIS (DPMM)
5 - ALEKSANDAR DURIC (TAMPINES)
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