With their square up 3 days later at Jalan Besar, both sides know they cannot afford any result other than a win if they wish to keep pace with Tampines Rovers.
And it was Home United that got off the block as Shahril Ishak fired the Protectors ahead against the Rams while Etoile FC seek a opener against the Eagles.
But the Protectors allowed the Rams back into the match as Rizawan Abdullah equalised for the home side before half-time.
Both sides know these results were unacceptable as the Stags could pull further ahead 24 hours later.
With that, the second half will surely proved curial to their season and both sides got their winner as Choi Chul Woo and then Karim Boudjema fired their respective teams into the lead and both Home United and Etoile FC will not relish that lead.
Etoile FC are now two points ahead of Tampines Rovers while Home United is a further point behind the Stags.
Lionel Lewis (GK),
Woodlands WellingtonHafez Mawasi (GK), Winston Yap, Kazuki Yoshino, (Syed Karim) Sahairi Ramri, Anaz Hadee, Luis Eduardo Hicks, (Guntur Djafri) Shahri Musa, Noor Ali (C), Asraf Rashid, Sazali Salleh, (Nigel Vanu) Rizawan Abdullah
Geylang UnitedYazid Yasin (GK), Salim Rahim, Walid Lounis, Rastislav Belicak (C), Vasile Ghindaru, Kim Jae Hong, Adrian Dhanaraj, Syed Fadhil, (Hafiz Rahim) Itimi Dickson, (Yasir Hanap) Shah Hirul,