S.League Review: Balestier off the mark, Protectors held again

Balestier Khalsa got their first points of the season with a 2-1 win over Geylang International, while Home United and Hougang United played out a 1-1 draw.

Balestier Khalsa 2 Geylang International 1

Miroslav Kristic was the toast of Toa Payoh Stadium after he struck in the 79th minute to hand Balestier Khalsa their first win of the season.

Fellow Croatian import Robert Pericic had put the Tigers ahead in the 44th minute after his shot on target took a wicked deflection to beat goalkeeper Yazid Yasin.

The Eagles' reply was swift though, with talismanic captain Jozef Kaplan equalising just before the break from close range.

Chances were at a premium in the second half, and it was left to Kristic to settle the tie with his timely winner.

Hougang United 1 Home United 1

It was a case of déjà vu for both sides at Hougang Stadium on Friday night as the Cheetahs and the Protectors followed up two 1-1 draws in Round 1 with yet another similar scoreline.

Hougang's on-loan defender Yuki Uchiyama was the first to get on the scoresheet, finding himself unmarked in the box in the 34th minute.

Shunsuke Nakatake's free kick into the box was inch-perfect, as the former Japanese U-19 international gratefully slotted home from seven yards out.

Danish striker Ken Ilsø proved Home United's saviour once again, as he was fouled in the box six minutes later to earn his side a penalty.

The former Dusseldorf star brushed himself off and put away the spot kick to restore parity going into the break.

Unfortunately for both sides, that was as good as it got, as a combination of excellent goalkeeping and wasteful finishing kept the scores unchanged in the second half.

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