Tampines stay in the hunt; Young Lions down Hougang

Tampines Rovers remain in the hunt to win the S.League title for a fourth consecutive season after claiming a 3-1 win over Balestier Khalsa on Saturday.

The Stags took the lead at the Clementi Stadium a minute before the break, when Jacob Butler met a corner from Shaiful Esah and netted with a firm header.

And in the 72nd minute, Shahdan Sulaiman doubled their tally when he volleyed the ball home from close range, after Ismadi Mukhtar had done well to break free down the right and fire a low cross into the box.

Emir Lotinac did manage to pull one back for the Tigers with seven minutes remaining, but Tampines went on to wrap up the three points in injury-time after Miljan Mrdakovic applied the finishing touches to a counterattack by curling a shot into the bottom corner.

The win means Rafi Ali’s charges are just one point behind table-topping Warriors FC, although second-placed DPMM FC have a game in hand and could claim a two-point lead if they win their clash against Albirex Niigata (S) on October 28.

Meanwhile, Courts Young Lions continued their excellent run against Hougang United after beating them 2-0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium to make it three wins in a row in the league this year.

Faris Ramli put the Young Lions in front after nine minutes when he embarked on a terrific run down the left, before guiding a left-footed shot past Fadhil Salim and into the back of the net.

The win was then secured in the 71st minute when Sahil Suhaimi lined up a freekick and curled a sublime effort into the top corner, after he had been brought down on the edge of the box.

To make things worse for Hougang, they finished the game with ten men after Fairoz Hasan was sent off six minutes later for a second bookable offence.

Saturday’s S.League Results

Courts Young Lions 2-0 Hougang United

Tampines Rovers 3-1 Balestier Khalsa


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