Warriors maintain pursuit; two in a row for Harimau Muda

Warriors FC kept up their chase of S.League leaders DPMM FC on Friday evening after recording a 1-0 win over Geylang International at the Bedok Stadium.

The only goal of the game came in the 39th minute when Nicolas Velez latched onto a long ball and did well to create space for himself, before lashing an unstoppable shot past Joey Sim.

The win allowed Alex Weaver’s charges to move seven points behind DPMM, after the Bruneian outfit had edged ahead on Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Albirex Niigata (S).

In Friday’s other game, Harimau Muda claimed their second consecutive win after beating Tanjong Pagar United 2-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

The Malaysian side had edged ahead after 13 minutes when Ramzi Sufian latched onto a flick-on header on the edge of the box, before sending a stunning half-volley over Aurelien Herisson and into the back of the net.

Tanjong Pagar immediately looked to hit back but both Sebastien Etiemble and Asraf Rashid had strikes ruled out, although the latter incident saw them awarded a penalty for a foul on Monsef Zerka.

However, Harimau Muda made the most of their reprieve as Ramdhan Hamid reacted well to keep out Sebastien Etiemble’s firm effort, although the Jaguars did eventually equalise on the stroke of halftime after opposition defender Syawal Nordin could only head Asraf’s searching cross into his own net.

But four minutes from time, the visitors were awarded a penalty of their own after Ahmad Latiff was harshly adjudged to have brought down Ramzi inside the box, allowing Shahrul Igwan Samsudin to step up and stroke the winner into the bottom corner.

Friday’s S.League Results

Geylang International 0-1 Warriors FC

Tanjong Pagar United 1-2 Harimau Muda

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