Report by Haikel Mohamad
Just three days after crashing out of the AFC Cup, the Stags took to the field to play yet another tightly scheduled fixture, against Tanjong Pagar United with little rest.
The team having been just recently disappointed with their exit in the AFC Cup had to come together and gather whatever motivation they could going into the fixture. The line up looked strong with all three main strikers, Alam Shah, Duric and Mrdakovic starting the match. Jamil Ali also made a comeback to the starting line up after an injury lay off.
Both teams created good chances early with Miljan Mrdakovic hitting the crossbar and Hyrulnizam diving and tipping the ball to deny Sebastien Etiemble’s free kick which was going to the top corner.
The Jaguars slowly went into the game strong attempting to take advantage of the recently demoralised Stags.
Monsef Zerka managed to break the Stags’ defence who were playing a high line and received a neat through pass, then running solo into the penalty area and cutting it back to a running Sebastien Etiemble. Sebastien then slotted the ball to score the Jaguars first goal of the night.
Trailing the game 1-0 at half time, the Stags went into the game in the second half looking hard for the equaliser. Ang Zhi Wei’s cross found Noh Alam Shah who headed the ball downward from close range and scored the equaliser.
With ten minutes left in the game, 17 year old Joseph Taylor was given his S.League debut and made quite an impression. He substituted a hamstrung Jamil Ali and made some impressive runs into the box and even managed a shot on goal.
The Stags were close of going another goal down when the Jaguars were through on goal but a call for hand ball by the Jaguars was given by the official.
Tampines take a point back to Clementi and now fall to third place a point behind Warriors FC and three point behind leaders Brunei DPMM.
They will play Albirex Niigata on 1st May at Clementi Stadium which is sure to be an exciting clash.
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