S.League: Stags awaken

S.League: Stags awaken
Luis Closa (pumped fist) celebrating his goal last night, giving the Stags the lead for the first time. Tampines came from behind to beat Pune FC 3-1.

TAMPINES ROVERS 3 (Noh Alam Shah 15, Luis Closa 31, 47)



Rain and lightning failed to dampen the mood at the Clementi Stadium last night.

Despite a one hour delay after the stadium's Lightning Warning System saw players being hauled off just four minutes before half-time,

Tampines Rovers stayed sharp to beat Balestier Khalsa 3-1 and reclaim top spot in the Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League.

The champions had lost two games on the trot before last night, conceding four goals in the process to allow Brunei's DPMM FC to move to the top of the standings.

But coach Salim Moin wore a broad smile as he walked off the pitch last night.

"There is a lot of relief going back on top of the table. Hopefully we've turned the corner, but we're just taking a game at a time," he (inset) said.

"This is a message to the rest of the league that Tampines have woken up."

Balestier made the bizarre decision to swop Ridwan Jamil for Goran Ljubojevic despite the former being pencilled in for the starting line-up, effectively using up one substitute even before kick-off.

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