Tanjong Pagar beat Woodlands to end nine-game winless run

Tanjong Pagar United claimed their first win in ten games in the S.League on Saturday evening after claiming a smash-and-grab 2-0 win over Woodlands Wellington.

In a dour opening 45 at the Woodlands Stadium, the only real chance came after five minutes when Rams forward Chang Jo-yoon embarked on an enterprising run through the middle before firing away a shot that trickled just wide of the bottom corner.

However, the game burst into life after halftime and Woodlands almost broke the deadlock in the 54th minute after Chang latched onto a Rosman Sulaiman cross before laying the ball back to Moon Soon-ho, only for his blistering drive to draw a flying save from Aurelien Herisson.

And on the hour mark, with their first real attempt on goal, the visitors took the lead after their opponents’ failure to clear the lines saw the ball fall to Monsef Zerka on the edge of the box; the Morocco international making no mistake in sending a blistering 20-yard strike into the top corner.

Woodlands could have pulled level three minutes later when Chang again broke free down the left before picking out Moon, but Herisson was once more equal to the task as he made a smart save to keep out the South Korean’s firm drive.

The French custodian was proving impossible to beat and he produced another vital stop in the 71st minute; this time sticking out a foot to block a low shot from Chang, after Fadhil Noh and Moon had linked up well to create an opening for him.

Nonetheless, the hosts’ hopes of forcing the draw were ended ten minutes from time when the Jaguars added a second after Hafiz Osman had stayed up following a set-piece, and was in the right place to meet a right-wing cross from Sebastien Etiemble and send a firm header past Yazid Yasin into the back of the net.

Woodlands Wellington: Yazid Yasin, Goh Swee Swee, Walid Lounis, Milos Jevtic, Rosman Sulaiman (Farouq Farkhan 77’), Atsushi Shimono, Shafuan Sutohmoh (Bah Mamadou 84’), Taufiq Ghani, Fadhil Noh (Patrick Paran 74’), Moon Soon-ho, Chang Jo-yoon.

Tanjong Pagar United: Aurelien Herisson, Ruzaini Zainal, Ahmad Latiff, Hafiz Osman, Asraf Rashid, Hanafi Salleh (Tengku Mushadad 90’), Anthony Aymard, Sebastien Etiemble, Kamel Ramdani, Sazali Salleh, Monsef Zerka.

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