By FOX Sports staff
It took the White Swans just six minutes to open the scoring at the Queenstown Stadium; Kento Fukada flicking on a corner to Kazuki Sakamoto, who nodded the ball across the line for his 11th league goal of the campaign.
Five minutes after the half-hour mark, they were handed a perfect chance to double their tally when Bruno Castanheira broke free down the right and was fouled inside the area, allowing Shingo Suzuki to step up and fire home from 12 yards.
With Tanjong Pagar unable to muster a response, Albirex held on to end their miserable recent run by claiming their first victory in nine games.
The result also meant they are still mathematically in the running to win the title as they are 12 points behind leaders Tampines Rovers with four games remaining after the defending champions were held to a 0-0 draw by Balestier Khalsa at the Toa Payoh Stadium.
Nonetheless, given the Stags have a far superior goal difference, it will take a minor miracle for Albirex to catch them and prevent Tay Peng Kee's charges from claiming a third straight league title.
Tuesday's Great Eastern-YEO's S.League Results
Balestier Khalsa 0-0 Tampines Rovers
Tanjong Pagar United 0-2 Albirex Niigata (S)
Image courtesy of Albirex Niigata (S) FC