Fabian Kwok strikes again as Tampines stay in S.League hunt

Tampines Rovers midfielder Fabian Kwok was at it again this week, scoring a long-range screamer to help the Stags to a 4-1 victory over his former club Geylang International.

S.League fans will no doubt recall Kwok scoring a goal from close to the halfway line last season for the Eagles against Albirex Niigata, an effort that won him the 2014 S.League Goal of the Year award.

The midfielder might be donning Tampines yellow these days, but it didn't stop him returning to Bishan Stadium to score his first-ever goal for the Stags .

Mateo Roskam opened the scoring for Tampines in the 20th minute, outpacing his markers and bobbling a shot under the Geylang goalkeeper. But it was Kwok who stole the show six minutes later by conjuring up yet another moment of magic.

Geylang thought they had cleared the danger after Kento Fukuda headed away Ismail Yunos' dangerous inswinger, but they did not count on an onrushing Kwok connecting with a stupendous volley on the fly to beat the goalkeeper all ends up.

Tampines added two more goals after half-time to complete the rout in a result that allowed the Stags to remain six points behind leaders DPMM with a game in hand.

Although there is still about a month left in the S.League season, Kwok's 35-yard golazo already has strong competition from some of his rivals this season.

Whether he wins the award for a second time or not, the 26-year-old will surely be making opposition defences nervous whenever he comes within shooting range – which seems to be anywhere beginning from the halfway line.

Photo: Football Association of Singapore