Balestier Khalsa moved top of the S.League on Thursday evening after claiming a hard-fought 1-0 win over Tanjong Pagar United at the Toa Payoh Stadium.
It took the Tigers just four minutes to edge ahead when Goran Ljubojevic netted his third goal in as many games; sending a dipping strike from the edge of the box past Aurelien Herisson to open the scoring.
Tanjong Pagar did come back strongly after the early blow, but any hopes they had of a mustering a comeback were effectively extinguished nine minutes into the second half when striker Masrezwan Masturi was shown a straight red.
The result tentatively sent Balestier top of the table, although DPMM FC and Tampines Rovers could both overtake them by the end of this week’s matches, while the Jaguars find themselves fourth from bottom.
Over at the Jalan Besar Stadium, Courts Young Lions recorded their first point of the season following a 2-2 draw with Woodlands Wellington, although coach Aide Iskandar will rue his side’s inability to hold on to a lead twice.
It took the Young Lions just 40 seconds to open the scoring through a Shamil Sharif strike, only for the Rams to hit back six minutes before halftime when defender Milos Jevtic scored with a terrific bicycle kick.
Nine minutes from time, it looked as though the hosts had snatched the win after Shamil netted a second to put them ahead once more, but in the 86th minute, Woodlands captain Rosman Sulaiman ventured forward and scored to earn his side a share of the spoils.
The Rams are still unbeaten under Darren Stewart following consecutive draws in their opening three games of the campaign, but will be hoping to record their first win next Friday when they visit Tanjong Pagar.
Thursday’s S.League Results
Balestier Khalsa 1-0 Tanjong Pagar United
Courts Young Lions 2-2 Woodlands Wellington