Balestier returned to winning ways, led by captain Hoshino, who slammed home an emphatic left-footed finish after being teed up by Japanese compatriot Ryoya Taniguchi.
The Tigers doubled their lead through Brunčević’s near-post header off Kuraba Kondo’s corner, before Hougang pulled one back with Sahil nodding in off the post via a sublime outside-foot cross by fellow substitute Shahfiq Ghani. But that was too little, too late as the hosts slumped to second-bottom.
Source: Singapore Premier League
Date: 5 April 2022, Tuesday
Stadium: Toa Payoh Stadium
Half-time: Balestier Khalsa 1-0 Hougang United
Full-time: Balestier Khalsa 2-1 Hougang United
Balestier Khalsa: Shuhei Hoshino 24′, Ensar Brunčević 52′
Hougang United: Sahil Suhaimi 81′
Photography: Haiqal Tahir