Tampines pull level at the top; Balestier stay in the hunt

Tampines Rovers moved level on points with S.League leaders DPMM FC on Thursday evening after recording a 2-0 win over Woodlands Wellington.

The Stags edged ahead at the Woodlands Stadium two minutes before the half-hour mark when Shahdan Sulaiman found the back of the net, after being picked out by a good pass from Ismadi Mukhtar.

And six minutes from time, they went on to seal the win when Christopher van Huizen came off the bench to score their second of the evening.

The result allowed Tampines to join DPMM on 38 points at the league summit, although the Bruneian outfit have a game in hand and take on Hougang United on Sunday.

In Thursday’s other game, Balestier Khalsa kept alive their hopes of a top-half finish with a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over Geylang International at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Kim Min-ho fired the Tigers ahead four minutes before halftime when he latched onto Muhaymin Salim’s brilliant over-the-top pass and advanced on goal, before coolly slotting past Joey Sim.

But in the 58th minute, Geylang levelled the scores when Leonel Felice met Mustaqim Manzur’s excellent corner with a firm header that was saved by Zaiful Nizam, although Kento Fukuda was quickest to react and stabbed home the rebound.

Nonetheless, Balestier went on to claim the win ten minutes later after Goran Ljubojevic played a slide-rule pass into the path of substitute Zulkiffli Hassim, who made no mistake in sending an emphatic finish into the back of the net.

Thursday’s S.League Results

Geylang International 1-2 Balestier Khalsa

Woodlands Wellington 0-2 Tampines Rovers

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