Tampines Rovers beat Courts Young Lions 4-2 to open up a 8-point lead at the top and the champions still have a game in hand.
Despite falling behind in the top-against-bottom clash at the Jalan Besar Stadium after Iqbal Hussain opened the scoring in the 14th minute, the Stags overturned the deficit shortly after the half-hour mark thanks to quickfire goals from Kunihiro Yamashita and Shahdan Sulaiman.
Their lead was extended in the 63rd minute when Fahrudin Mustafic fired home a penalty following an incident which also saw Farhan Rahmat receive a straight red for handling the ball on the line, before the Tampines captain made it 4-1 with another spot-kick seven minutes later to wrap up the points, although the hosts did manage to pull one back 16 minutes from time when Yamashita scored an unfortunate own-goal.
In another match, Warriors FC drew 0-0 with Geylang International, a result that will do neither side any favours in their bid to finish in the top six.
Courts Young Lions
Syazwan Buhari (GK), Al-Qaasimy Rahman, Raihan Rahman, Firman Hanif, Farhan Rahmat, Nur Na'iim Ishak, Afiq Noor (Sufianto Salleh 88'), Iqbal Hussain, Sahil Suhaimi (Muhaymin Salim 75'), Fareez Farhan (Tajeli Salamat 64'), Sherif El-Masri
Ridhuan Barudin (GK), Anaz Hadee (Ismadi Mukhtar 61'), Fahrudin Mustafic, Kunihiro Yamashita, Ruzaini Zainal, Shahdan Sulaiman, Firdaus Kasman, Vitor Ladeiras (Imran Sahib 77'), Jamil Ali, Khairul Amri, Aleksandar Duric (Diogo Caramelo 71')
Hassan Sunny (GK), Zulfadli Zainal Abidin (C), Kazuyuki Toda, Abdil Qaiyyim (Daniel Bennett 29'), Tatsuro Inui, Shimpei Sakurada, Mislav Karoglan, Sufian Anuar (Shukor Zailan 72'), Marin Vidosevic, Jeremy Chiang, Matthew Abraham (Shi Jiayi 68')
Takuma Ito (GK), Duncan Elias (Shotaro Ihata 53'), Norihiro Kawakami, Jalal, Yasir Hanapi, Stefan Milojevic (Andrew Tan 80'), Noor Ali, Jozef Kaplan (C), Taufiq Ghani, Basil Teo, Wahyudi Abd Wahid
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