Warriors FC moved up to second spot in the S.League on Thursday evening after recording a 1-0 win over Woodlands Wellington at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.
Having had a two-game winning streak ended last Friday when they drew 2-2 with Balestier Khalsa, Alex Weaver’s charges faced a tricky test to get back to winning ways in the form of Woodlands, who had yet to taste defeat under new coach Darren Stewart.
And it was the hosts who broke the deadlock six minutes after the half-hour mark when Miroslav Pejic netted his sixth goal of the campaign with a coolly-taken penalty, after opposition defender Andy Ahmad had been penalised for handball inside the area.
Despite their best efforts, the Rams were unable to find the equaliser and fell to their first loss of the season, while the Warriors provisionally moved above DPMM FC into second place.
Over at the Pasir Gudang Corporation Stadium, Geylang International’s resurgence under new coach Jorg Steinebrunner continued as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over bottom side Harimau Muda, who are still looking for their first points of the campaign.
The visitors took the lead in the 21st minute when captain Ridhuan Muhammad used his trademark pace to race down the right, before crossing for Leonel Felice to stab home.
Five minutes before halftime, the roles were reversed as Felice turned provider; flicking the ball on for the former Singapore international to net with a spectacular bicycle kick.
And four minutes from the end, the points were wrapped up after Ridhuan capped off a fine individual display with another assist; again leaving his opponent for dead before finding Aliff Shafaein, who made no mistake in putting the ball into the back of the net.
The Eagles, who have now picked up seven points from three games since Steinebrunner replaced V. Kanan, are now up to ninth, while Harimau Muda remain rooted to the bottom.
Thursday’s S.League Results
Warriors FC 1-0 Woodlands Wellington
Harimau Muda 0-3 Geylang International