Singapore Premier League • July 8, 2024

2024/25 Singapore Premier League Matchweek 7: Roundup

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Balestier Khalsa’s Alen Kozar in action against Brunei DPMM’s Azwan Ali, 5 July 2024.

 

SINGAPORE, 8 JULY 2024 – The top three teams all won in this matchweek, with the Lion City Sailors dispatching Tanjong Pagar United to remain top based on a superior goal difference to BG Tampines Rovers – who defeated Young Lions to continue their unbeaten start. Geylang International stayed third with a thumping win over defending champions Albirex Niigata, while Balestier Khalsa strengthened their hold on fourth spot with a win over Brunei DPMM. We recap all the action here…

 

Tigers with back-to-back wins

Balestier 4-2 DPMM| Bishan | 5 July    

Amiruldin Asraf 36’, Amer Hakeem 42’, Ismail Sassi 45’+2, Ignatius Ang 47’ | Julio Cruz 5’, Gabriel Gama 69’

 

DPMM took an early lead through Cruz’s header, but Balestier hit back with three goals before the break. Riku Fukashiro set up Amiruldin for a thumping equaliser, before Madhu Mohana’s teasing long throws led to goals from Amer and Sassi in the six-yard box. Substitute Ang then netted the Tigers’ fourth with a tidy finish from a tight angle, before DPMM pulled one back with Gama’s tap-in off Cruz’s cross proving to be a mere consolation.

Facts

  • Amiruldin has already equalled his best-ever goal tally of two goals in a season.
  • Amer scored just his second-ever SPL goal – his first came back in March 2021.
  • Ang scored his first SPL goal since April 2023.

Balestier: Hafiz Ahmad (GK), Darren Teh, Tajeli Salamat, Madhu Mohana, Amer Hakeem (Emmeric Ong 68’), Harith Kanadi (Fudhil I’yadh 79’), Alen Kozar (C), Ismail Sassi, Masahiro Sugita (Ignatius Ang 46’), Riku Fukashiro, Amiruldin Asraf (Kodai Tanaka 68’).

Unused subs: Wayne Chew (GK), Elijah Lim, Jordan Emaviwe, Irfan Mika’il, Reycredo Bukit.

DPMM: Kristijan Naumovski (GK), Syafiq Safiuddin (Nazirrudin Ismail 88’), Yura Indera Putera, Nurikhwan Othman, Najib Tarif (Abdul Mu’iz Sisa 65’), Farshad Noor, Gabriel Gama, Azwan Ali Rahman (C), Hakeme Yazid, Miguel Oliveira, Julio Cruz.

Unused subs: Haimie Nyaring (GK), Azwan Saleh, Faturrahman Embran, Hanif Hamir, Safwan Zawawi, Abdul Hariz Herman, Nazry Aiman.

 

Balestier Khalsa’s Harith Kanadi in action against Brunei DPMM, 5 July 2024.

 

Eagles could be the dark horses

Albirex 0-6 Geylang | Jurong East | 6 July

Shakir Hamzah 20’, Iqbal Hussain 50’, Tomoyuki Doi 79’, 84’, pen 88’, Naqiuddin Eunos 80’

 

Shakir prodded in a rebound to put the Eagles ahead, before Iqbal clinically finished off a superb team move to make it two. Then came the late flourish, with Taniguchi teeing up Doi to extend the lead, before Naqiuddin scored off another rebound to make it 4-0. Doi then fired one home from the edge of the box, before converting from the spot to complete a hat-trick – and a brilliant night for his side.

Facts

  • Albirex have now suffered back-to-back joint-worst defeats in their history.
  • This is Geylang’s first away win over Albirex in 14 years.
  • Albirex suffered consecutive home defeats for the first time since 2015 and lost four straight games in a league season for the first time since 2010.
  • Doi got his third hat-trick of the season – that is one more than 2021 in which he finished top scorer with 19 goals with Hougang and won the Player of the Year award.
  • Geylang’s Raiyan Noor and Hud Ismail made their SPL debuts.

Albirex: Hassan Sunny (GK), Junki Yoshimura, Syed Firdaus Hassan, Stevia Egbus Mikuni, Gareth Low, Arya Igami Tarhani, Yohei Otake (Syukri Bashir 78’), Daniel Martens (Ho Wai Loon 56’), Arshad Shamim, Shingo Nakano, Shuhei Hoshino.

Unused subs: Dylan Pereira (GK), Zainol Gulam (GK), Koki Kawachi, Hilman Norhisam, Kenji Austin.

Geylang: Hairul Syirhan (GK), Joshua Pereira (C) (Raiyan Noor 89’), Rio Sakuma, Keito Hariya, Shakir Hamzah (Akmal Azman 89’), Takahiro Tezuka, Vincent Bezecourt (Hud Ismail 89’), Naqiuddin Eunos (Ahmad Syahir 83’), Ryoya Taniguchi, Iqbal Hussain (Zikos Chua 83’), Tomoyuki Doi.

Unused subs: Rudy Khairullah (GK), Faisal Shahril, Shafrel Ariel.

 

Geylang International’s Tomoyuki Doi in action against Albirex Niigata (S), 6 July 2024.

 

Stags remain in fine form

Young Lions 0-2 BG Tampines | Jalan Besar | 6 July

Seia Kunori 6’, Boris Kopitović pen. 50’

 

Kunori fired home a superb volley after a rebound fell to his path, before Kopitović netted from the spot to complete a straightforward win for the Stags – as they remain level on points with table-topping Sailors.

Facts

  • Tampines have now won their last four league games.
  • Tampines collected their second clean sheet of the season – joint-most with the Sailors.
  • Kopitović is the only player to net in all six of his appearances so far this season.

Young Lions: Aizil Yazid (GK), Aqil Yazid (Ryaan Sanizal 66’), Jun Kobayashi, Kieran Teo, Nur Adam Abdullah, Kan Kobayashi, Kaisei Ogawa, Andrew Aw (Danish Qayyum 66’), Amir Syafiz (Khairin Nadim 46’), Farhan Zulkifli (C) (Ethan Pinto 78’), Itsuki Enomoto.

Unused subs: Travis Ang (GK), Syafi Nur Hilman, Danish Haziq, Fathullah Rahmat, Izz Anaqi.

BG Tampines: Ridhuan Barudin (GK) (C), Jared Gallagher (Yasir Hanapi 67’), Irfan Najeeb (Kegan Phang 90’), Shuya Yamashita, Miloš Zlatković, Glenn Kweh, Saifullah Akbar (Shah Shahiran 46’), Kyoga Nakamura, Faris Ramli (Taufik Suparno 82’), Seia Kunori, Boris Kopitović (Caelan Cheong 90’).

Unused subs: Syazwan Buhari (GK), Syahrul Sazali, Taras Goh, Thanet Suknate.

 

BG Tampines Rovers players celebrating Boris Kopitovic’s goal against Young Lions, 6 July 2024.

 

Sailors back to winning ways

Sailors 3-0 Tanjong Pagar | Bishan | 7 July

Maxime Lestienne 2’, Adam Swandi 41’, Bailey Wright 84’

 

The result was never in doubt after Lestienne fired home an early shot from close range. Adam then stabbed home a fine volley off Lestienne’s cross, before producing a pinpoint corner which Wright nodded home to seal an easy victory.

Facts

  • The Sailors are now unbeaten in their last 11 SPL matches – stretching back to July 2023.
  • Lestienne netted for a fifth straight SPL game – he now has five goals and as many assists this season.
  • Adam scored and assisted in the same game for the first time since June 2023 in Sailors’ 3-0 win over Hougang.

Sailors: Zharfan Rohaizad (GK), Lionel Tan, Bailey Wright, Toni Datković, Christopher van Huizen (Sergio Carmona Pérez 89’), Hariss Harun (C) (Anumanthan Kumar 58’), Hami Syahin, Maxime Lestienne (Hafiz Nor 80’), Adam Swandi (Haiqal Pashia 89’), Shawal Anuar (Song Uiyoung 58’), Lennart Thy.

Unused subs: Izwan Mahbud (GK), Bill Mamadou, Obren Kljajić, Nur Muhammad Asis.

Tanjong Pagar: Prathip Ekamparam (GK), Faizal Roslan, Pathy Malumandsoko, Syed Akmal, Akram Azman (C) (Aiqel Aliman 90’+4), Zenivio Mota (Syahadat Masnawi 86’), Daniel Elfian (Sahil Suhaimi 46’), Tomoki Wada, Stefan Paunović, Shodai Nishikawa, Salif Cissé.

Unused subs: Riki Kimura (GK), Ahmad Danial, Ihsan Hadi, Arsyad Basiron, Risvi Aaqil.

 

Lion City Sailors’ Adam Swandi in action against Tanjong Pagar United, 7 July 2024.

 

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