Warriors FC tentatively moved top of the S.League on Thursday after stretching their unbeaten run to seven games with a 3-2 victory over Courts Young Lions.
The Warriors edged ahead at the Jalan Besar Stadium on the half-hour mark after Miroslav Pejic’s attempted through-ball deflected to Nicolas Velez, who coolly slotted through the legs of Syazwan Buhari.
The combination worked again in the 62nd minute when Pejic broke free down the left and hit the byline before cutting the ball back to Velez, who made no mistake in firing home from close range for his seventh goal of the campaign.
The contest then looked all but over three minutes later as Pejic once again emerged as provider for the visitors; curling in a corner that was met by Marin Vidosevic with an emphatic header into the back of the net.
But in the 76th minute, the Young Lions were handed a lifeline after a neat interchange of passes down the left released Al-Qaasimy Rahman, who crossed the ball to the back post for Muhaimin Suhaimi to stab home.
And in injury-time, they pulled another one back when Sahil Suhaimi curled a sublime freekick from the edge of the box into the top corner, although it was ultimately futile as Warriors held on for the win.
Over at the Pasir Gudang Corporation Stadium, Hougang United ended a two-game losing streak with a thrilling 4-3 win over Harimau Muda despite finishing the match with ten men.
The Cheetahs got off to a dream start when Nurhilmi Jasni fired them in front in the first minute, but Ramzi Sufian equalised for the hosts five minutes later.
Nonetheless, Hougang reclaimed the lead on the stroke of halftime thanks to a strike from Geison Moura, before Diego Gama added a third goal two minutes before the hour mark to provide them some breathing space.
Again, Harimau Muda responded as Nurshamil Abdul Ghani struck to reduce the deficit seven minutes later, but the visitors reclaimed their two-goal cushion in the 77th minute when Japanese midfielder Shunsuke Nakatake netted his first goal for the club.
However, Hougang found themselves down to ten men four minutes from time when Firman Hanif was shown a straight red and Nurshamil doubled his tally for the evening to make it 4-3 deep into injury-time, although it proved to be too little too late for the Malaysian outfit.
Thursday’s S.League Results
Courts Young Lions 2-3 Warriors FC
Harimau Muda 3-4 Hougang United