Defending champions Tampines Rovers made it two wins from two in the 2014 S.League campaign after toiling to a 3-2 win over Courts Young Lions on Saturday evening.
It was the Young Lions who took the lead at the Clementi Stadium after just two minutes when Iqbal Hussain fired home on the rebound, after Hyrulnizam Juma’at could only parry a Jordan Webb shot into his path.
But in the 22nd minute, Miljan Mrdakovic grabbed his third goal in as many games to pull Tampines level after latching on Aleksandar Duric’s flick-on header, before sliding his shot past the onrushing Rudy Khairullah.
Two minutes before halftime, Tampines then edged ahead thanks to a strike from Duric; the veteran breaking into the box and skipping past a couple of challenges before coolly finishing.
However, Young Lions continued to put up a good fight and levelled the scores in the 63rd minute after Nur Na’iim Ishak’s pass deflected into the path of Sherif El-Masri, who made no mistake in finding the back of the net.
Nonetheless, it was the Stags who went on to claim all three points after Mrdakovic grabbed his second of the evening seven minutes from time, racing onto Shahdan Sulaiman’s glorious over-the-top ball and drilling a shot into the bottom corner to maintain his side’s perfect start to the new season.
Over at the Bishan Stadium, Home United got their campaign up and running after cruising to a 4-1 win over Geylang International.
The Protectors edged ahead in the 12th minute after Izzdin Shafiq reacted quickest to a loose ball and smashed home from close range, before Yasir Hanapi doubled their tally two minutes before halftime; racing onto Lee Kwan-woo’s visionary pass and blasting his shot past Siddiq Durimi.
Home then made it 3-0 in the 51st minute after Lee’s corner was emphatically headed home by Kwon Da-kyung at the near post, but the Eagles pulled one back three minutes after the hour mark when Leonel Felice linked up well with Hafiz Nor before coolly placing his shot past Shahril Jantan.
But any hopes of a Geylang comeback were extinguished in the 76th minute after Yasir netted his second of the night with a deflected drive, sealing the win for the hosts.
Saturday’s S.League Results
Home United 4-1 Geylang International
Tampines Rovers 3-2 Courts Young Lions