Hougang United snapped a two-game losing streak in the S.League on Tuesday evening after cruising to a 4-0 win over Geylang International.
The Cheetahs were handed the lead at the Bedok Stadium four minutes before halftime, when Kento Fukuda – in a bid to intercept Fazli Jaffar’s cross – could only put the ball into the back of his own net.
And in the 50th minute, it was 2-0 after Geison Moura embarked on a driving run from midfield into the penalty box, before placing his shot past Siddiq Durimi.
The contest was effectively over three minutes later when the visitors grabbed a third; Firman Hanif being left in space on the edge of the area and scoring with a cracking effort.
But Hougang were not done yet and completed the rout in the 77th minute when Moura found space inside the box and drilled home his second of the evening, capping off a fine performance by his side in the process.
The victory sealed a seventh-place finish for the Cheetahs, given there is no longer any chance they could be caught by their bottom-half competitors.
Over at the Woodlands Stadium, Courts Young Lions’ resurgence continued after they defeated Woodlands Wellington 2-1 for their second straight win.
Following a goalless first half, Iqbal Hussain fired the visitors in front a minute before the hour mark when he did well to skip past a couple of challenges before unleashing a powerful strike past Yazid Yasin.
The Young Lions then doubled their lead in the 75th minute when M. Anumanthan produced a neat finish to convert Sahil Suhaimi’s flick-on at the far post, after their opponents had failed to clear their lines from a Faris Ramli corner.
The Rams did pull one back with eight minutes remaining after Rudy Khairullah parried Moon Soon-ho’s shot straight into Farhan Rahmat, who could do little to prevent the ball from deflecting into his own goal.
Nonetheless, it proved to be a mere consolation for Woodlands as their opponents held out for a valuable win.
Tuesday’s S.League Results
Geylang International 0-4 Hougang United
Woodlands Wellington 1-2 Courts Young Lions