|Yasir Hanapi (middle) scored the winner|
The solitary goal was a well-taken attempt from Yasir Hanapi in the 32nd minute that was deemed enough to pave the way for the Stags into the Round of 16.
“It was a great goal." said Tampines' coach V Sundram moorthy after the game of the match winner. "He (Yasir) took it well, bend the ball away and it's goal of a match winner."
|Noh Rahman (5) denied R Gopinathan (25) from advancing|
"I am very happy to score that (winning) goal and I can't describe my feelings now." replied Yasir who only joined the big-spending Stags this year after two seasons with Home United.
|Shahdan Sulaiman (8) tussled with Mauro Olivi (16)|
However, due to some peculiar arrangements only the lower-tier of the stand facing the grandstand was filled up with scattered fews spread out behind the goal-posts facing the CBD skyline and strangely, the visiting Selangor supporters known as the "UltraSel Curva" only made their entrance to the game minutes before the interval to back their heroes in the sector normally reserved for away fans.
It was later informed via various sources the group was held up at the checkpoint when entering the Republic.
|Skipper "Fara" headed to defuse a crisis in the box|
But sadly, such a passionate display on the terraces by the "Merah-Kuning" fans was not complimented by those Selangor players on the field which still bore the visible markings of a rugby field, as they struggled to break down the stubborn defence marshalled by Tampines' skipper Fahrudin Mustafic.
He did not go in depth when deciphered his opinions on his team's performance, as Selangor's coach Zainal Abidin Hassan provided straight-to-the-point replies to questions from the floor.
|Contrasting feelings after the game|
"We got our chances in the game but couldn't score and we started to attack, we missed those chances we created, that's it." before hurriedly left the room.
At the meantime, Coach Sundram, his counterpart and former team-mate in Pahang FA back in the 1990s, lauded the result as a positive one for Singapore football.
|Selangor fans registered their unhappiness over team's display after game|
"It shows that S.League is as good as the Malaysian League and quite even on its day, it would be another plus point for us to make it the quarter-finals and hope more fans will come to support us like today."
The "Dazzler", however, did not comment on the sending off of Billy Mehmet in the second half.