S.League's 2017 Good and Bad: Balestier, Young Lions and … Brunei DPMM?

Week three of the S.League has been a good one for the Japanese as they dominated Deepanraj Ganesan’s Good in this week’s The Good and Bad. Meanwhile, Brunei Dpmm, Balestier Khalsa and the Garena Young Lions all had another bad week. 

The Good:

Kento Fukuda’s unforgettable week

The Warriors centre-back pounced on a flick-on to net his first goal of the season on Friday evening in his side’s 1-1 draw with Geylang International.

The 26-year old then wheeled away in sheer delight but as it turned out, that was not the happiest that Fukuda had been this week. The Japanese defender, along with his wife, welcomed the birth of a baby boy earlier in the week and duly showcased it with a classic celebration – Brazilian football legend Bebeto’s classic ‘rock-the-baby’ jig.

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Kento celebrated the birth of his baby with a goal

Fumiya Kogure’s continued excellence

The 2015 S.League player of the year notched his third goal of the campaign with a superbly struck free-kick for Hougang United in the club’s routine 2-0 win over the Garena Young Lions.

It was apparent that the Cheetahs’ biggest coup this season may well have been in retaining the Japanese playmaker and it is already showing early in the season.

While Hougang United have yet to really click into gear, Kogure’s supreme form gives them plenty of reasons to look forward to the rest of the season.

Could Kogure end up clinching his second player of the year award this season?

Don’t bet against it, especially if his form continues.

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Kogure has just been top notch

Albirex Niigata (S) show no signs of letting up

Another week, and another Albirex victory. Fresh from their monopolising all local silverware on offer last season, Albirex are showing no signs of slowing down.

Up against fellow title contenders Brunei DPMM, the Japanese outfit cruised to a 2-0 win which has now left them sitting pretty at the top with nine points from three matches.

While it could be argued that the Japanese outfit have yet to been tested for the three points so far this season, the doubters could be silenced if Albirex can dispatch Home United at the Bishan stadium when the action resumes after the break.

But for now, Albirex are setting the standards.

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A change in players has not deterred Albirex