|Kunihiro Yamashita (left) opened account for Stags|
The defending league champions got their act together in less than 20 minutes to snatch a two-goal lead through their new Japanese import Kunihiro Yamashita in the sixth minute with Lions striker Khairul Amri signalled his return to the Stags seven minutes later to double the tally.
|(L-R) Shimpei Sakurada and Khairul Amri in action|
It was only a much better showing in the second half that salvaged some pride for the eighth-time S.League champions with a consolation from another Lions striker Sufian Anuar five minutes before the hour-mark.
|Hassan Sunny (no 1) in his first S.League action since 2012|
Speaking to the press on that "show of concern" after clinching the unprecedented third win of the season opener, Stags coach Nenad Bacina revealed the presence of the boss was to "show encouragement" to the team without divulge more details.
|Good start for the season for Tampines|
"While I am pleased with the first half performance, I can't say the same for the second half and we need some time to gel together, since some of our players were away on national duty during the pre-season training." added the Croatian.
Meanwhile, Warriors FC's coach V Selvaraj shared his thoughts on the loss in the post-match press conference.
"We lost our concentration that saw we conceded the first two goals, it was better performance that we did exceptional well in the second half, whilst I am happy with the display, I felt we can do better." said the former national striker who elevated from the assistant role to replace long-serving Richard Bok for the new season.
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