By FOX Sports staff
In an evenly-contested clash at the Jalan Besar Stadium, the Tigers displayed the discipline and organisation that has now become a real trademark of their game, nullifying most of the attacks their opponents tried to create.
However, they were just unable to find a goal themselves, but the point was enough to take them back up to fifth on the table ahead of Woodlands Wellington on goal difference.
Albirex, on the other hand, remain 11 points behind leaders Tampines Rovers with six games remaining in the season, and they appear to be struggling to end a disappointing run of form.
The White Swans have now gone without a win in their last six games, and have failed to find the back of the net in four of those.
The game was also a prelude to the Starhub League Cup semi-finals, which will pit both sides against one another at the Jalan Besar Stadium again on September 9.
Over at the Bishan Stadium, Home United are now up to third place after claiming a 1-0 victory over bottom side Courts Young Lions.
Following a goalless first half, the winner arrived nine minutes after the hour mark when Jordan Webb raced onto a lovely slide-rule ball from Indra Sahdan Daud and fired home emphatically from the edge of the box.
But the Young Lions nearly grabbed a share of the spoils three minutes from time when Sahil Suhaimi unleashed a fantastic volley towards goal, only to see it kept out by a brilliant save from Shahril Jantan.
In the day's early kickoff, second-from-bottom Hougang United picked up a much-needed three points after beating Harimau Muda 2-1 at the Pasir Gudang Corporation Stadium, ending a seven-game losing run in the league in the process.
Despite the early setback of going a man down after Fazly Hasan was sent off in the 25th minute, the Cheetahs took the lead six minutes before the break when Mamadou Diallo found the back of the net.
Seven minutes into the second half, it was 2-0 after the visitors were awarded a penalty, allowing Azhar Sairudin to step up and fire home.
Nonetheless, Harimau Muda did manage to pull one back in the 75th minute when Maxsius Musa grabbed his fourth goal of the campaign, but Hougang ultimately did enough to hang on to the win.
Friday's Great Eastern-YEO's S.League Results
Harimau Muda 1-2 Hougang United
Albirex Niigata (S) 0-0 Balestier Khalsa
Home United 1-0 Courts Young Lions
Image courtesy of Balestier Khalsa FC (Andrew Lim)