Albirex Niigata (S) tentatively stretched their lead at the top of the S.League to three points on Wednesday after recording a 2-0 win over Courts Young Lions at the Jurong East Stadium.
The White Swans broke the deadlock after 11 minutes when Kento Nagasaki’s right-wing cross was played by Shotaro Ihata back into the path of Rion Taki, who clinically dispatched a first-time shot into the bottom corner.
And seven minutes after the half-hour mark, the 22-year-old struck again when he showed good strength and pace to burst past Al-Qaasimy Rahman down the left, before beating Syazwan Buhari from a tight angle, which ultimately proved enough to hand his side maximum points.
The result was Albirex’s fifth consecutive win and they have also not conceded in the same time, further enhancing their claims of being genuine title contenders this season.
On the other hand, Young Lions are still looking for their first win in 2015 and remain rooted to the bottom of the table with just one point from five outings.
Albirex Niigata (S): Yosuke Nozawa, Mikiya Yamada, Takahiro Saito, Kento Fujihara, Itsuki Yamada, Hikaru Mizuno, Shun Inaba, Fumiya Kogure (Yusuke Mukai 90’), Kento Nagasaki, Rion Taki, Shotaro Ihata (Rui Kumada 56’).
Courts Young Lions: Syazwan Buhari, Al-Qaasimy Rahman, M. Anumanthan, Amirul Adli, Fadli Kamis, Afiq Noor (Taufiq Muqminin 80’), Pravin Gunasagaran (Shameer Aziq 39’), Adam Swandi, Shahfiq Ghani, Safirul Sulaiman, Amy Recha (Shamil Sharif 59’).