By Gabriel Tan
Basit Hamid handed the Cheetahs a dream start when he scored with an acrobatic volley after just 21 seconds, before doubling his tally in the 16th minute when he glanced home an Azhar Sairudin delivery.
Balestier came back strongly in the second half but their hopes of a comeback were extinguished a minute before the hour mark when Ante Barac curled home a terrifc freekick from a tight angle.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Tampines Rovers continued their excellent run of form with a comfortable 3-0 triumph over struggling Woodlands Wellington while on Monday, Gombak United and Tanjong Pagar United played out a dour 0-0 draw at the Jurong West Stadium.
Yasuhiro Yamakoshi scored twice on Wednesday to help Albirex Niigata beat DPMM FC 2-0 and move top of the table, while Frederic Mendy score four times in Home United's 7-3 thumping of Geylang United, although only one of them gets the nod this week.
Finally on Thursday, Jonathan Toto powered home a 29th-minute header to hand Courts Young Lions a 1-0 victory over Harimau Muda.
Here, ESPNSTAR.com picks our best 11 from the latest round of S.League action.
GK: Takuma Ito (Albirex Niigata)
Ito has been hailed many times this season as one of Albirex's most important players by his coach Koichi Sugiyama and he showed just why at the Jurong East Stadium on Wednesday.
While DPMM were admittedly not at their best, Ito showed safe hands when claiming crosses all evening long and produced a spectacular save in the 61st minute to tip away a blistering 30-yard strike from Rosmin Kamis, when the White Swans were only leading by one goal.
RB: Zulfadhli Emran (Gombak United)
Already missing first-teamers Julien Durand and Mustaqim Manzur through injury, Gombak's chances of victory against the Jaguars took another blow when Ismail Yunos, who had been suffering from a stomach problem, had to replaced shortly after the half-hour mark.
However, his absence was hardly felt as his replacement Zulfadhli put in an assured display at right-back and completely nullified the threat of Azhar Ahmad, leaving Tanjong Pagar assistant coach D. Tojikan no choice but to replace his wideman.
Zulfadhli looked equally comfortable pushing forward and whipped in a couple of dangerous deliveries that Fajar Sarib did well to deal with, and already, the 23-year-old looks like he could play a key role in Gombak's future.
CB: Daniel Hammond (Woodlands Wellington)
Despite being captain of a side that fell to a 3-0 loss on Tuesday, Hammond deserves praise for the way he singlehandedly tried to keep the potent Tampines attack at bay.
The 27-year-old looked to have shot his team in the foot just before halftime when his poor touch allowed Aleksandar Duric to sneak through on goal. However, the Stags captain took too long to get his shot away and allowed his opponent to put in a terrific sliding block.
Hammond also did well to deny Ahmad Latiff Khamarudin three times in first-half injury time and was the only Rams player who could leave the Woodlands Stadium with his head held high on Tuesday.
CB: Sirina Camara (Courts Young Lions)
Try as they might, Harimau were just unable to find a way past a resilient Young Lions defence on Thursday, and while all of Robin Chitrakar's back four put in commendable performances, Camara deserves to be singled out for the job he did on Ahmad Hazwan.
The French defender never let the clever Harimau striker out of his sight, and was strong in the air all evening long, both at the back or up forward.
LB: Hafiz Abu Sujad (Courts Young Lions)
But while Camara's strong showing might have been expected considering he's been a defender all his life, his captain Hafiz put in a remarkable display at left-back, especially given he is a midfielder by trade.
The 21-year-old restricted the influence of Syahrul Azwari down the wing, and went on a couple of enterprising runs down the left that could have led to goals if only Toto and Benjamin Kristofferson Lee had been more clinical.
Hafiz also did extremely well to keep his cool and controlled his troops with maturity beyond his years, especially when the game threatened to boil over following several dodgy refereeing decisions.
DM: Ante Barac (Hougang United)
While the number of impressive attacking performances this week meant that Hougang forward Basit misses out despite his brace against the Tigers, Barac's place in our Team of the Week was never in doubt, and not just because of the brilliant freekick he scored.
The Cheetahs midfield general hardly misplaced a pass all evening long and never shied away from his defensive duties, weighing in with a number of vital interceptions that broke down Balestier attacks in threatening positions.
CM: Jozef Kaplan (Geylang United)
Geylang may have conceded seven goals against a rampant Home on Wednesday, but the scoreline failed to reflect how V. Kanan's men dominated the game in the first half.
Kaplan opened the scoring at the Bishan Stadium in the sixth minute when he made a clever late run into the box to meet Mun Seung-man's cross and fired past Nazri Sabri via a deflection off Nor Azli Yusoff.
Even when things got ugly for his side, the 26-year-old never stopped trying and was rewarded for his efforts in injury-time when he grabbed his second with a delightful long-range effort that looped over Nazri and into the back of the net.
CM: Affize Faisal (Harimau Muda)
Harimau were always going to be in for a tough outing against Young Lions, especially given they were missing a plethora of key players including captain Mahalli Jasuli, Fadhli Shas and Gary Robbat, who were all called up for international duty with Malaysia.
Nonetheless, this wasn't the first time coach Ong Kim Swee had to make do with a depleted side and they almost forced a draw thanks to the efforts of stand-in skipper Affize, who battled valianty and nearly equalised six minutes from time with a fierce shot that stung the hands of Syazwan Buhari.
RF: Indra Sahdan Daud (Home United)
It seems quite remarkable that Mendy misses out despite netting four times against Geylang, but Indra arguably had a greater influence on Wednesday's match.
Despite leading 3-2, Home's prospects of picking up all three points looked in doubt after Qiu Li, who had scored two goals, limped off in the 59th minute after taking a knock to his ankle.
However, Indra came on and made an instant impact by sending Mendy through for his first with an incisive 40-yard pass, before whipping in a good ball from the right for his strike partner to grab a second.
Five minutes from time, the former Singapore international delivered the pass of the game when he once again carved open the Eagles backline with a visionary pass to the feet of Frenchman, who proceeded to lob Yazid Yasin for his fourth goal.
LF: Yasuhiro Yamakoshi (Albirex Niigata)
The 26-year-old has had to be patient this season given Toshikazu Soya was initially Sugiyama's first-choice striker following a blistering start to the campaign. However, Yamakoshi's penchant for weighing in with crucial goals as a substitute made him impossible to leave out, and he repaid his coach's faith on Wednesday with a well-taken brace against DPMM.
He grabbed his first in the 33rd minute when he was left unmarked in the box and expertly brought down a Takeshi Ito cross on his chest, before firmly planting the ball beyond the reach of Wardun Yussof. Five minutes from the end, he made sure of the three points when a clever ball from Soya sent him through on goal, leaving him with a simple finish for his second.
CF: Sead Hadzibulic (Tampines Rovers)
As if Tampines didn't already have enough firepower in their attack, the mid-season signing of Hadzibulic has added another dimension to coach Steven Tan's strike force, and the Serb is already proving to be one of the buys of the year with six goals in five games.
He opened the scoring against the Rams in the 15th minute with a 30-yard effort that dipped just inside the far corner, before doubling his tally six minutes before the break when he latched onto a crisp pass by Gligor Gligorov and clinically slotted past Ahmadulhaq Che Omar.
Six minutes from time, Hadzibulic ensured the match-ball was his to keep as he completed his hat-trick with a simple tap-in after Jamil Ali's pass was deflected into his path by Fabien Lewis.