FFT's S.League Team of the Month: September

It was a stop-start September for the S.League but that took no excitement away. Many impressed in a number of high-scoring games that added more twists to the title race, leaving Nigel Chin to pick out the very best...

GK: Syazwan Buhari (Geylang International)

In his only game of the month, Syazwan was immaculate as he pulled off several top-notch saves to keep Albirex at bay for most of the game.

There was nothing he could have done to prevent Atsushi Shirota's winner after poor marking from his defender allowed the Albirex a clean header at goal, but the goalkeeper can certainly take heart from his performance.

Already knocking on the doors for a spot in the national team, it won't be a surprise if he eventually becomes a mainstay in the squad soon if he keeps this up.

DF: Hafiz Osman (Warriors)

Warriors have not kept a clean sheet for 10 straight games in all competitions, but that ended when Albirex failed to find the net against a backline marshalled superbly by Hafiz Osman.

The veteran kept the likes of Hiryoshi Kamata and Atsushi Kawata quiet throughout the game, with the Japanese attackers hardly afforded a sniff.

It was the same resolute performance by the 32-year-old earlier in the month against Balestier, who needed a wonder goal from Syafiq Zainal to find a way past Warriors.

Hafiz Osman (centre).

DF: Brian McLean (Brunei DPMM)

While DPMM may have conceded four times in just two games this month, McLean earns the nod after finding the time to prop up at the other end to contribute two goals.

The towering defender contributed a goal each in games against Home United and the Garena Young Lions, and cannot be faulted of any of the goals conceded in both games arguably.

DF: Nurhilmi Jasni (Hougang United)

While a midfielder by trade, Nurhilmi was thrust into the centre-back role against Garena Young Lions after injuries and suspensions robbed the Cheetahs of other options in that position.

Facing national team striker Khairul Amir, Nurhilmi acquitted himself well and did his job without a fuss. That earned praise from coach K. Balagumaran, who said he did "a great job".