FFT's Five Finds: Pennant breathes life into S.League title race

Southeast Asia had plenty of talking points this weekend, as the S.League title race is kept alive while Malaysia enjoyed some much-needed reprieve...

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Pennant keeps S-League title race alive

The 3-2 victory over Warriors FC on Friday meant that it is now eight wins from eight matches for Albirex Niigata (S).

The White Swans showed real resilience at the Jurong East Stadium. An early 2-0 lead had been cancelled out by the 2014 champions and the game was heading for a draw, not a terrible result when you have taken 21 points from the last 21. But then up popped substitute Daichi Ishiyama with a minute to go, to secure the kind of win that wins titles.

It meant that the pressure was on Tampines Rovers 24 hours later at Jurong West.  Three times Tampines took the lead at home to struggling champions DPMM and three times they were pegged back.

The gap was then looking like it was going to become a massive nine points and the title race was in danger of being over way before the finish line.

Enter Jermaine Pennant. A nice little run, a give and go and then a tidy finish for his first goal in open play in the S-League. The Englishman's strike should be welcomed by Tampines fans and neutrals alike as it ensured more drama ahead.