They faced perhaps their most formidable opponents of the season, Home United, at Queenstown Stadium on Saturday night, their first outing after a two -week break.
A lack of match-fitness was to prove costly, as Tampines Rovers needed to bring on four of their seven substitutes long before half-time and the other three not too far into the second-half. By the end the team had been beaten 4-0, which can be taken as a fair outcome in the circumstances, after a titanic struggle to deal with the only-once-beaten Home United.
Finding themselves a goal down early on and behind 2-0 within half-an-hour it was commendable that the plucky women’s team could hold out Home United until as late as the 78th minute, only conceding a fourth goal in stoppage-time.
Towards the end several players had to leave the field for treatment before returning to do battle, courageously fighting on until the very end. The lush grass of the Queenstown Stadium pitch has found out more seasoned players and Home United needed to replace many of their players as well.
It wasn’t a one-sided game by any means, though shots on goal were few and far between. To their credit the Tampines’ players restricted their Home United opponents from getting in many shots from close-range, thanks to industrious defending and solid teamwork. The players should be proud of being competitive for the entire 90 minutes and can look forward to a return to winning ways in one of their few remaining assignments.
Bravo the brave women of Tampines Rovers!