Gameweek 5 featured both the Eastern (Tampines Rovers vs Geylang International) and Western (Tanjong Pagar United Vs Albirex Niigata) derbies and, as usual, a ton of goals. It also concludes the end of round 1 of the Singapore Premier League, and it’s insane to think we are one-third of the way into the season.
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Dylan Pereira – GK
Dylan may have produced a howler at the end of the match which led to Doi’s equalizer, but make no mistake, he is a star in the making. At 18, he pulled off some incredible saves, and he narrowly makes the cut over Zainol Gulam, who was also incredible.
Yet another week, yet another feature. In an open game against Geylang with high intensity from both sides, Madhu helped to quell many of the Geylang attacks with his superb positioning. The Stags need to find a long term partner for him, though, with Bennet (43) and Bai (37) both nearing the end of their careers.
Usually the defense goes to sleep when the team starts to rack up the goals, but the disciplined central defender kept the Jaguars at bay with his solid defending. An excellent display at the back.
The Japanese right-back once again shows his defensive and offensive prowess in the 6-0 thumping of the Jaguars. A clean sheet and an assist to his name, it doesn’t get much better than that for the captain.
The young left-back has truly cemented himself in the Sailors back line. A stunning cross that resulted in Gabriel’s wonder strike of a volley.
Quak scored a thunderous volley against Balestier Khalsa and unselfishly set up Stipe for Sailors’ third. The winger has been incredible for the Sailors thus far, and his performances against the Tigers remind us once again why he is the 2020 SPL Player of the Year.
The central midfielder stamped his physicality on the pitch and has been truly impressing of late. Harhys truly is an unsung hero in the Young Lions set up when most of the attention is on Ilhan Fandi, Hami Syahin and Khairin Nadim. Whenever he isn’t playing for the Lions, they lose stability in the midfield. If he keeps this up, Singapore has its long term successor to Harris Harun.
Scoring his first goal from the spot kick and setting up Boris Kopitović for Tampines’ second, Zehrudin Mehmedovic continues showing maturity well beyond his age. Only 23 years old, it would be interesting to see how his career pans out. Who knows, should he stay in Singapore for another few years, would he be donning the Singapore colours like a certain Mustafić Fahrudin?
During Tsuboi’s goal drought, Taniguchi was the White Swans go-to-guy for goals, and the attacking midfielder continued his fine form with a goal and an assist against the Jaguars. With Tsuboi seemingly back to his best and Taniguchi behind him, Albirex have a lethal offense that other SPL sides need to prepare for.
The Forward Line
Big things await the 21-year old whiz kid, and I think Tsuboi would forever remember this moment – his first hat trick in his professional career. Scoring a perfect hat trick (one with his left leg, one with his right, and a header) simply made it that more special. After a goal drought, hopefully this sparks Tsuboi to rake in the goals again.
Another striker with a lengthy goal drought, Moreseche hadn’t scored since his brace in the opening day of the season. Barry Maguire’s return seems to have uplifted the entire Geylang squad, and Moresche fired another 2 goals to double his goal tally for the season (4 goals).
Special Mentions from GW5
Photos Credits: Singapore Premier League, Young Lions FC