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Super Basit Stuns Tigers With Early Brace

A pre-match thunderstorm that descended upon Toa Payoh Stadium on Tuesday evening turned out to be something of an omen of things to come for hosts Balestier Khalsa, as they leaked in three goals without reply in the game against Hougang United that followed.

(Photography by Andrew Lim)

Praised for their excellent defence this season, the boys from Balestier were caught off-guard by a storm that came carrying the name of Basit Abdul Hamid, who scored a double within the first 16 minutes of the match, the first of which came within 21 seconds of the get-go.

Any hopes of getting at least a share of the spoils were effectively extinguished by the hour mark, as Ante Barac unleashed a left-footed free kick that curled beyond the reach of Tigers custodian Joey Sim and into the top corner.

It was only the fourth time this season that the stout Balestier defence had conceded three goals in a game, but they are now left with a negative goal difference and stand only four points ahead of eighth-placed Hougang.

The Tigers were certainly very generous hosts on a wet Toa Payoh surface, as they offered up chance after chance with their surprisingly shambolic defending in the first half.

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Bulls Shift Focus Towards League Uplift

As the Great Eastern-YEO’S S.League season gets back into gear, after the excitement of the RHB Singapore Cup quarterfinals ties dies down, the clash at Jurong West Stadium on Thursday evening looks certain to ensure the entertainment level will remain high in Singapore football.

Gombak United, buoyed by their two-legged Cup success over Hougang United, can now focus on their S.League programme for another couple of weeks, before League Cup action takes over.

And who better to usher in the next phase than Balestier Khalsa, coached by the Bulls’ former tactician Darren Stewart?

The contingent of former Gombak players now plying their trade with the Tigers certainly makes for some potentially feisty fare at Jurong West.

Indeed the Bulls, with almost an entirely new team this season, have shown their ability to regenerate and still dish out some decent stuff, but their position on the league ladder does not do them any justice.

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Strong Tampines restart pleases Tan

Tampines Rovers coach Steven Tan was delighted after watching his side make it two wins in a row with a 3-1 victory over Balestier Khalsa on Saturday evening.

By Gabriel Tan

The victory ensured that Tampines picked up maximum points from their opening two games of the second round of the 2012 Great Eastern-YEO's S.League campaign, and also helped them pull level with leaders DPMM FC, although they remain second on goal difference.

After Balester winger Ruhaizad Ismail had cancelled out Sead Hadzibulic's opener in the 25th minute with a sweet volley, the Stags went back in front when Jamil Ali poked home from close range nine minutes later, before Hadzibulic grabbed his second in the 70th minute to put the result beyond doubt.
Saturday's victory came right after last weekend's last-gasp 1-0 win over DPMM, and after a slow start to the season, Tampines are back on track to retain the league title; something Tan is understandably pleased about.

"These first two games were important for us," he said after the match. "We wanted to get all six points and put the pressure on DPMM.

"Now, hopefully we can maintain it."

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