By FOX Sports staff
Although the White Swans headed into the game four places above their opponents, they found themselves dominated throughout the opening 45 and were lucky not to fall behind after just two minutes; Faizat Ghazli sending an audacious 40-yard lob over the head of Hiroaki Hara and back off the bar.
Six minutes later, Hara reacted well to prevent his side from falling behind when he denied Maxsius Musa in a one-on-one situation, after the winger had latched onto a lovely cross by Ridzuan Abdunloh and looked odds on to score.
Nonetheless, the hosts gradually got into their groove and Kento Fukuda unleashed a powerful long-range drive in the 40th minute that Ilham Amirullah had to punch over.
But there was to be no denying Albirex two minutes before the hour mark when Bruno Castanheira netted with a calm finish to hand them all three points.
It was also a single-goal victory for the hosts at the Hougang Stadium as a resurgent Hougang United recorded a 1-0 triumph over bottom side Courts Young Lions, their third on the trot after just one win in their opening eight matches.
Following a goalless first half, Mamadou Diallo struck in the 56th minute to seal the victory for the Cheetahs and hand Aide Iskandar's young charges their 12th straight defeat of the campaign.
Tuesday's Great Eastern-YEO's S.League Results
Albirex Niigata (S) 1-0 Harimau Muda
Hougang United 1-0 Courts Young Lions
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