Hougang United snapped a four-game winless streak in the S.League on Thursday evening after cruising to a 3-0 win over Woodlands Wellington at the Woodlands Stadium.
Geison Moura handed the Cheetahs the lead after 12 minutes when he was left with a simple tap-in from a yard out, after Woodlands had failed to clear a corner by Fazli Jaffar.
Six minutes after the half-hour mark, they doubled their advantage after Igor Cerina nodded an Azhar Sairudin freekick into the path of Nurhilmi Jasni, who made no mistake in sending a bullet header into the back of the net.
And in the 57th minute, Hougang went on to wrap up the three points as Moura was the beneficiary after a poor back-pass from opposition defender Milos Jevtic put his own goalkeeper Ahmadulhaq Che Omar in all sorts of trouble, leaving the Brazilian striker with another easy finish.
The result put an end to a disappointing run which saw the Cheetahs throw away a top-half finish after losing their last three matches, despite needing only a point to pip Balestier Khalsa to sixth spot.
However, with a comfortable 12-point lead over closest challengers Geylang International, Amin Nasir’s charges can still be confident in their prospects of a seventh-place finish, which would equal the club’s best-ever performance in the league.
Woodlands Wellington: Ahmadulhaq Che Omar, Andy Ahmad, Walid Lounis, Shahril Alias, Milos Jevtic, Armanizam Dolah, Atsushi Shimono, Chang Jo-yoon, Stefan Milojevic, Oswind Suriya, Moon Soon-ho.
Hougang United: Fadhil Salim, Faizal Amir, Wahyudi Wahid, Igor Cerina, Faiz Salleh, Nurhilmi Jasni, Shunsuke Nakatake, Azhar Sairudin, Fazli Jaffar, Erwan Gunawan, Geison Moura.