By Gabriel Tan
The Young Tigers recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over SAFFC at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Sunday, a result which saw them pull level with DPMM at the top of the table, although they are currently second on goal difference.
The fact that both sides are currently top of the S.League is even more interesting because of the heated clash between the two just two weeks ago, which ended in a verbal spat between Ong and DPMM counterpart Vjeran Simunic.
And Ong was in no mood to hold back after Sunday's game when asked if he has set his sights on overtaking their Bruneian opponents.
"We'll be catching them [DPMM] all the way," Ong declared. "Don't worry, we'll be catching them for sure."
The former Malaysia international was also bemused by Simunic's comments his side would be able to win the league even without their foreign signings.
"He [Simunic] has been saying that even without the foreigners he can still win the league," Ong added.
"But he's still using four of them, and I'm still using my 21-year-olds."
One of the stars for Harimau Muda on Sunday was Wan Zack Haikal, who had previously been subject to criticism from his coach after a disappointing display against Courts Young Lions last week.
However, he was back to his best against the Warriors, scoring the opener after a fantastic solo run, before laying on the winne for Ahmad Hazwan with an intelligent pass.
And Ong admits he was pleased with the way his young star bounced back from criticism.
"They are boys and will make mistakes," Ong added. "But at the same time, they must learn.
"Today [Sunday], he came back with one of his usual performances, which is what we want."
Despite having to do without captain Mahali Jasuli and regular starters Affize Faisal and Irfan Fazali, Ong's charges still managed to more than match their more experienced opponents, something he believes bodes well for the team's prospects.
"Affize, Mahali and Irfan were all out with injuries," Ong explained.
"When somebody is injured another player gets the chance to play, and when they get their chance they prove their worth.
"It's a good sign for our back-up players."
The Young Tigers will face another test of their credentials on Sunday when they travel to the Bishan Stadium to face last season's runners-up Home United.