Singapore Premier League • June 19, 2024

2024/25 Singapore Premier League Matchweek 4: Roundup

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Geylang International’s Tomoyuki Doi in action against Hougang United’s Adam Reefdy, 14 June 2024.

 

SINGAPORE, 19 JUNE 2024 – BG Tampines Rovers easily dispatched Tanjong Pagar United to remain top, while Lion City Sailors overcame fellow title challengers Brunei DPMM to follow closely behind. Elsewhere, Geylang International thrashed Hougang United to climb to third while Young Lions produced the shock result of the week by defeating reigning champions Albirex Niigata (S). We recap all the action here…

 

Eagles continue to soar

Hougang 2-6 Geylang | Jalan Besar | 14 June    

Dejan Račić 65’, Stjepan Plazonja 71’ | Tomoyuki Doi 13’, 61’, 87’, Faris Hasić O.G. 35’, Zikos Chua 83’, 85’ 

 

An early Doi tap-in opened the floodgates for Geylang, with Vincent Bezecourt forcing Faris Hasić to divert into his own goal before Doi curled home another stunner to put them 3-0 up. Hougang rallied, with Plazonja setting up Račić for a debut goal before going on to net himself to pull within a goal. However, the Eagles ended the game strongly with substitute Chua netting two clinical finishes before Doi finished off from close range to complete the rout.

Facts

  • Geylang are one of the three remaining unbeaten sides, along with BG Tampines and Sailors.
  • Doi is the first player to net two successive SPL hat-tricks since Kiyoshiro Tsuboi did so for Albirex in April 2021.
  • Doi has now scored in each of his four appearances this season, accumulating eight goals.
  • A brace meant Chua has already exceeded his 2023 tally of one goal.

Hougang: Zaiful Nizam (GK) (C), Nazhiim Harman (Dejan Račić 46’), Faris Hasić, Ensar Brunčević, Jordan Vestering, Hazzuwan Halim (Adam Reefdy 46’), Justin Hui (Petar Banović 61’), Ajay Robson, Shahdan Sulaiman, Shodai Yokoyama, Gabriel Quak (Stjepan Plazonja 61’).

Unused subs: Kenji Rusydi (GK), Keith Chung, Zamani Zamri, Rauf Sanizal, Yasir Nizamudin.

Geylang: Hairul Syirhan (GK), Naqiuddin Eunos (Faisal Shahril 90’), Rio Sakuma, Keito Hariya, Akmal Azman (Zikos Chua 74’), Takahiro Tezuka, Joshua Pereira (C), Iqbal Hussain (Ahmad Syahir 74’), Vincent Bezecourt, Ryoya Taniguchi, Tomoyuki Doi.

Unused subs: Rudy Khairullah (GK), Naufal Azman, Shakir Hamzah, Nizwan Izzairie, Syafi Suhaimi, Raiyan Noor.

 

Geylang International’s Zikos Chua celebrating his goal against Hougang United, 14 June 2024.

 

Young Lions stand up to be counted 

Young Lions 3-2 Albirex | Jalan Besar | 15 June 

Stevia Egbus Mikuni O.G. 40’, Itsuki Enomoto 80’, Andrew Aw 86’ | Shingo Nakano 29’, 57’ 

 

Albirex led twice in this, with debutant Nakano netting on either side of Mikuni’s own goal. However, Young Lions – who played the majority of the second half with 10 men after Raoul Suhaimi’s red card – refused to waver. Enomoto evaded the White Swans defence to net a clinical equaliser, before substitute Aw popped up at the back post to thump an unstoppable volley beyond Hassan Sunny for a stunning winner.

Facts

  • Young Lions got their first SPL victory since May 2023 when they defeated Hougang United 2-1.
  • This was Young Lions’ first win over Albirex in 27 attempts in all competitions – their last victory over the White Swans before this came back in November 2015.
  • Albirex have now lost three out of their opening four league matches – this is their worst start to a season since 2010 when they started the season with one draw and three losses.
  • Aw scored his first-ever SPL goal after 46 appearances.

Young Lions: Aizil Yazid (GK), Raoul Suhaimi, Jun Kobayashi, Kieran Teo (C), Aqil Yazid (Rashid Hayek 81’), Kan Kobayashi (Fathullah Rahmat 81’), Kaisei Ogawa, Danish Qayyum (Nur Adam Abdullah 57’), Amir Syafiz (Farhan Zulkifli 65’), Itsuki Enomoto, Khairin Nadim (Andrew Aw 65’).

Unused subs: Umayr Sujuandy (GK), Danish Haziq, Izz Anaqi, Jonan Tan.

Albirex: Hassan Sunny (GK), Syed Firdaus Hassan, Koki Kawachi, Stevia Egbus Mikuni, Gareth Low, Yohei Otake, Ho Wai Loon (C), Daniel Goh (Arshad Shamim 71’), Amy Recha (Arya Igami Tarhani 51’), Shingo Nakano, Shuhei Hoshino.

Unused subs: Dylan Pereira (GK), Syafi’ie Redzuan, Syukri Bashir, Daniel Martens, Haziq Kamarudin, Junki Yoshimura, Kenji Austin.

Red Card – Raoul Suhaimi (Young Lions) 54’

 

Young Lions’ Andrew Aw celebrates his match winner against Albirex Niigata (S), 15 June 2024.

 

Stags remain top

BG Tampines 3-0 Tanjong Pagar | Jalan Besar | 16 June 

Boris Kopitović pen. 30’, Glenn Kweh 63’, Seia Kunori 64’

 

BG Tampines cruised in this one, with Kopitović netting from the spot after Tanjong Pagar’s Anaqi Ismit was penalised for a handball. Kweh then poked home the rebound after Kunori’s header was saved, before the latter’s shot from 25 yards out was fumbled in by Jaguars goalkeeper Fashah Iskandar to seal the three points.

Facts

  • BG Tampines have gone their first four matches of the season unbeaten for the past two campaigns.
  • Kopitović, along with Geylang’s Doi are the only players to have scored in all four matchweeks thus far this season.
  • Kweh scored just his sixth-ever professional goal.

BG Tampines: Syazwan Buhari (GK) (C), Jared Gallagher (Amirul Adli 69’), Irfan Najeeb (Glenn Kweh 27’), Shuya Yamashita, Miloš Zlatković, Shah Shahiran, Kyoga Nakamura, Yasir Hanapi (Taufik Suparno 46’), Faris Ramli (Saifullah Akbar 69’), Seia Kunori (Thitipat Ekarunpong 83’), Boris Kopitović.

Unused subs: Ridhuan Barudin (GK), Sunny Tia (GK), Syahrul Sazali, Kegan Phang.

Tanjong Pagar: Fashah Iskandar (GK), Faizal Roslan, Syed Akmal (Syahadat Masnawi 78’), Pathy Malumandsoko, Akram Azman (C), Zenivio Mota (Umar Akhbar 87’), Tomoki Wada, Timur Talipov, Stefan Paunovi, Anaqi Ismit (Sahil Suhaimi 67’), Salif Cissé.

Unused subs: Prathip Ekamparam (GK), Riki Kimura (GK), Azim Akbar, Daniel Elfian, Aiqel Aliman, Tarunn Kannan.

 

BG Tampines Rovers’ Faris Ramli in action against Tanjong Pagar United, 16 June 2024.

 

Sailors leave it late

DPMM 0-2 Sailors | Jalan Besar | 18 May 

Shawal Anuar 87’, Maxime Lestienne 90’+5

 

The Sailors are the only side left with a 100% record – this after a late, late show to down DPMM. After spurning several opportunities, they saved the best for last. Shawal fired home an acrobatic volley from six yards out after DPMM failed to clear their lines, before teeing up Lestienne for an emphatic curling finish deep into injury time to seal a third straight win.

Facts

  • The Sailors have achieved a new club record of eight straight SPL victories – a run that goes all the way back to July 2023. Their previous best run was seven straight league wins between April to June 2022.
  • This is the first time the Sailors have won their opening three games of the season since their 2020 inception.
  • The Sailors kept their first clean sheet in 10 league outings – their last shutout before this was in a 4-0 win over Young Lions in July 2023.
  • Shawal has now netted in each of his four appearances this season, including the season-opening SPL Community Shield.

DPMM: Kristijan Naumovski (GK), Syafiq Safiuddin, Hanif Hamir, Nurikhwan Othman, Najib Tarif, Farshad Noor, Gabriel Gama (Azwan Saleh 90’+3), Azwan Ali Rahman (C) (Hanif Farhan 79’), Hakeme Yazid (Nazirrudin Ismail 76’), Miguel Oliveira, Julio Cruz.

Unused subs: Haimie Nyaring (GK), Abdul Mu’iz Sisa, Faturrahman Embran, Abdul Hariz Herman, Nazry Aiman.

Sailors: Zharfan Rohaizad (GK), Christopher van Huizen, Lionel Tan, Toni Datković, Obren Kljajić, Hariss Harun (C) (Sergio Carmona Pérez 85’), Hami Syahin (Song Uiyoung 62’), Maxime Lestienne, Bart Ramselaar, Shawal Anuar, Lennart Thy (Anumanthan Kumar 69’).

Unused subs: Izwan Mahbud (GK), Bill Mamadou, Hafiz Nor, Haiqal Pashia, Adam Swandi, Nur Muhammad Asis.

 

Lion City Sailors’ Shawal Anuar in action against Brunei DPMM, 18 June 2024.

 

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