Warriors FC produced a fine display to beat Hougang United 2-0 in the S.League on Thursday despite playing over a half with ten men.
The Warriors took the lead at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium on the half-hour mark when Miroslav Pejic scored for the second game running; showing good composure to finish from four yards out.
However, the hosts were dealt a real blow when they were reduced to ten men after goalkeeper Hassan Sunny had no choice but to save Azhar Sairudin’s goal-bound shot outside his box, and was shown a straight red by referee W. Ravisanthiran.
But despite the numerical advantage, Hougang were unable to find the equaliser as their opponents did well to keep them at bay.
And a minute from time, Warriors went on to secure the three points when Pejic doubled his tally after embarking on a 40-yard run, before rounding Nazri Sabri and slotting home.
The result was Hougang’s first loss of the season, while Alex Weaver’s side are now level on points with leaders DPMM FC and second-placed Tampines Rovers, who both have a game in hand.
Over at the Bedok Stadium, Geylang International picked up their first points of the campaign after beating ten-man Courts Young Lions 1-0 in new coach Jorg Steinebrunner’s first game in charge.
The Eagles took the lead after just four minutes when opposition defender Sheikh Abdul Hadi, in a bid to prevent Leonel Felice from reaching Hamqaamal Shah’s freekick, could only head the ball into his own net.
Three minutes from time, the visitors had Canadian forward Jordan Webb sent off for elbowing Geylang keeper Joey Sim in an aerial challenge, allowing their opponents to see out the remainder of the contest.
Thursday’s S.League Results
Geylang International 1-0 Courts Young Lions
Warriors FC 2-0 Hougang United