Tampines stroll to 6-1 win over Young Lions

Tampines Rovers made mincemeat out of the Garena Young Lions on Tuesday evening at Jurong West Stadium as they earned a 6-1 victory. 

The visitors were under pressure right from the go and Young Lions goalkeeper Benjamin Bertrand had to make two good saves to deny Hafiz Sujad in the opening ten minutes.

Hafiz then earned a penalty in the 11th minute after Taufiq Muqminin brought him down but Jermaine Pennant uncharacteristically skied the spot-kick over the bar.

Billy Mehmet could have opened the scoring three minutes later but he scuffed his shot from Fazrul Nawaz's low cross and Bertrand was able to gather the ball.

The floodgates burst open in the 20th minute, when Tampines went ahead albeit in fortuitous manner as Fazrul's sliced shot from an impossible angle managed to creep past Bertrand.

I wasn't quite pleased with the first half; we were a bit too casual

- Tampines coach Akbar

Five minutes later, Amri missed a glorious opportunity when left with only Joey Sim to beat and from the counter Tampines doubled their advantage as Webb ran onto Mehmet's lay off before driving the ball into the net.

The Young Lions managed to pull a goal back in the 33rd minute after Amri's rasping drive from the edge of the box was parried by Sim and the ball fell for Fareez Farhan, who made no mistake from close range for his eighth goal of the season.

Fareez nearly drew his side level in the 37th minute, after his dipping lob beat Sim but came off the bar.

Tampines captain Mustafic Fahrudin made sure Tampines regained a comfortable lead just before the break as he planted Pennant's corner beyond Bertrand.

Mustafic regained a two-goal lead for his side

The Stags did not relent when play resumed, with Webb scoring three minutes into the second half by robbing Amirul Adli of possession before calmly finding the back of the net.

At the other end, the Young Lions hit the woodwork yet again in the 66th minute, when Joshua Pereira stabbed Jonathan Tan's cross onto the bar.

Webb was denied his hat-trick three minutes later as Bertrand stopped him at point-blank range while Sim produced an equally good save at the end by denying Hazim Faiz in a one-on-one situation.

The game saw yet another goal in the 76th minute, with substitute Rusyaidi Salime fouling Pennant in the box and the former Liverpool winger made no mistakes with his second penalty of the game.

The icing on the cake was delivered by Webb, as he secured his hat-trick by running onto Fabian Kwok's ball-over-the-top before rounding Bertrand for an easy finish to cap a glorious evening for the Stags.

Tampines coach Akbar Nawas was happy with the win, but he suggested his side could still do with more improvement.

"The score is a good scoreline but I wasn't quite pleased with the first half; we were a bit too casual," the newly-appointed Tampines coach said.

"Credit to them for getting this scoreline but there are parts we still need to work on.

"Defensively, we can do much much better. They hit the post twice and we are quite lucky not to concede with some of their forays."

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