Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Title race wide open in Singapore

By Chee Seong - AFF Singapore correspondent

Mislav Karoglan scores the opener for SAFFC
Week 18 of the Great Eastern Yeos S.League saw 11 matches played. The unusually high amount of games played was due to the rescheduling of ties involving Etoile FC and Hougang United, who were investigated for an unpleasant incident.

Results were as follows:

Tampines Rovers 5-0 Woodlands Wellington
Courts Young Lions 0-1 Tanjong Pagar United
Hougang United 0-2 Geylang United
Gombak United 2-0 Balestier Khalsa
Tampines Rovers 1-2 SAFFC
Woodlands Wellington 1-5 Home United
Balestier Khalsa 2-4 Hougang United
Etoile FC 1-2 Courts Young Lions
Geylang United 1-0 Albirex Niigata(S)
SAFFC 2-1 Gombak United
Home United 2-0 Tampines Rovers

Week 18 of the S.League saw Tampines Rovers lose its lead at the top of the table. Two consecutive defeats against chasing duo Home United and SAFFC meant that the title race is wide open once again.

Etoile FC, who will be deducted five points for their involvement in the infamous "Hougang Brawl", also lost to Courts Young Lions. Hougang United, the other victims of a point deductions, had mix fortunes in their two games last week. They lost at home to the Eagles, but defeated Balestier after coming back strongly from two goals down.

Woodlands Wellington, who occupy last spot, had no answer as they suffered two drubbings by Tampines and Home respectively. Nothing seems to be going right  for the nothern based club. 

Title chasing Albirex also suffered a set back as they went down 0-1 to Geylang United. The Eagles, on the other hand, are on a 3 game winning streak and the other positive for them is they havent conceded in those last three victories!

SAFFC are on a high as they cut the lead at the top to just three point, with a game in hand. The top of the table clash on 6 July, between Home United and SAFFC will be one to watch as it will have a bit impact on the title race.

Fixtures this coming week:

27 June
Tanjong Pagar United vs Etoile FC
Geylang United vs Woodlands Wellington

28 June
Albirex Niigata(S) vs Balestier Khalsa

30 June
Hougang United vs Gombak United

1 July
Tanjong Pagar vs Geylang United

2 July
Etoile FC vs Woodlands Wellington


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