S.League Rd 2 Wrap: Warriors joint leaders thanks to Velez
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Tampines Rovers 1 Courts Young Lions 0
5 March | Thursday | Jurong West Stadium
The Stags look determined to do things the hard way, although a second 1-0 win on the trot is nothing to sniff at. Irfan Fandi made his debut at centre-back for the Young Lions, perhaps indicating a permanent switch in position as he started and played a little over an hour of the game. It was Mateo Roskam who came to Tampines' rescue in the 77th minute though, before each team had a player sent off in the last ten minutes. M. Anumanthan was shown a straight red, while Tampines debutant Roberto Alviz received his marching orders after a second yellow card.
Harimau Muda 1 Warriors FC 3
5 March | Thursday | Hang Jebat Stadium
It was a fruitful trip across the Causeway for Warriors FC, as the defending champions came away with a resounding win that ended up drawing them level with DPMM at the top of the table. Nicolas Velez was once again instrumental, scoring within 15 seconds of kick-off to put the visitors in the driving seat. Although Faizal Ghazali soon pulled one back for the Young Tigers, goals from Shi Jiayi and Velez again made sure of victory, before coach Alex Weaver started taking off key players with an eye towards Tuesday's AFC Cup match against Maziya S&RC.
Balestier Khalsa 2 Geylang International 1
6 March | Friday | Toa Payoh Stadium
Balestier Khalsa returned to winning ways on Friday, with striker Miroslav Kristic's diving header with 11 minutes on the clock proving the winner. Kristic's compatriot Robert Pericic had struck the opener earlier in the first half for the Tigers, only for talismanic Geylang captain Jozef Kaplan to hit back immediately for his second goal in as many games. Alas for the Eagles, that was as far as they got, as they failed to make inroads in the second half despite some good work from Japanese import Tatsuro Inui.
Hougang United 1 Home United 1
6 March | Friday | Jalan Besar Stadium
It was all square in Friday's televised match, as the Cheetahs fought out a 1-1 draw with the Protectors. Home United's star import Ken Ilsø scored for the second game in a row after taking a penalty in the first half, but it did no more than to cancel out Yuki Uchiyama's earlier strike for Hougang. Nevertheless, both teams remain unbeaten after similar 1-1 scorelines against Courts Young Lions and Geylang International in Round 1.
Brunei DPMM 1 Albirex Niigata (S) 0
7 March | Saturday | Bandar Seri Begawan
A win's a win for joint-leaders Brunei DPMM, as Brazlian hotshot Rafael Ramazotti followed up his hattrick heroics from Round 1 with the winner on Saturday. Winless Albirex fell prey to an easily avoidable defensive error for the second match in a row, with the merciless Ramazotti taking full advantage. The striker should have added to his tally throughout the game, but a combination of wayward finishing and the crossbar meant a nervy finish for the Bruneians.