|Veteran Noh (center) shown who is the boss in the match|
Croatian youngster Marijan Suto found himself in a fix for his inability to get pass the 35-year-old former Singapore international and things couldn't be more worse off when the 20-year-old striker was largely an isolated figure upfront.
In a first half with little much to cheer about and many would thought it would be a goal-less affair before the interval, a freak opener by former Irish Republic youth international Billy Mehmet opened the account for the Stags moments before referee Jansen Foo signalled for the break.
|Fabian Kwok (right) in an aerial duel|
In spite of having seven players away on national duty as compared to only two in the Warriors side, Tampines had clearly shown the depth in their squad for their disposal with the naming of three Prime League players in their starting eleven whose performance were lauded by coach Akbar Nawas after the 3-0 win.
Of the youth triumvirate, 19-year-old midfielder Ariyan Malik put in his name in the scoresheet in the 62nd minute while Fabian Kwok doubled the scores earlier in the 55th minute.
|Saifullah (43) did not let his dad down in this match|
"Credit must go to them for stepping up in this game which I think is good for them."
Other than that, Coach Akbar was equally pleased with the overall display by his men that saw them not only clinched a spot in the semi-finals but also kept a clean sheet against the nine-time league champions, an improved showing than their last game against Hougang United whom they conceded four goals.
|Coach Akbar pleased with the options he is having|
"Today, we were tactically smart and patient in our defence that saw my team played according to plan."
In another fixture of the evening saw three-time Cup holder Brunei DPMM beat Hougang United 2-0 to join the Stags in the next phase of the mid-season tournament.