Tanjong Pagar lived up to their name as they showed no mercy on the Warrior’s home ground, winning the game with a 6-1 margin.
From the very first whistle, the Jaguars bared their teeth and brought their aggression to the table. Their first yellow card within five minutes of the start was evident they were all business.
Even though Warriors No. 10 Sufian Anuar was the first to put his name on the score sheet early into the match, Tanjong Pagar was quick to reply when No. 10 Kamel Ramdani received a cross pass and nodded the ball in a minute later.
The next five minutes came as a shock as Tanjong Pagar Monsef Zerka scored a goal with the help of No. 17 Walid Lounis. The Jaguars’ second goal only seemed to fuel their aggression.
While the Warriors were not one to be taken lightly, they seemed to be losing steam. Sloppy passes became their undoing in the first half of the match.
The Jaguars’ pairing of No. 9 Ismael Benahmed and No. 12 Monsef Zerka proved to have deadly teamwork – as they teased the goal line together on a couple of occasions before the visitors finally scored the team’s third goal in the twenty-fourth minute.
By the end of the first half, Tanjong Pagar was leading with a score of 4-1.
Just when it looked like the Warriors were going to prove themselves in the early stages of the second half, Tanjong Pagar went against the run of play by bursting forward suddenly and scoring their fifth goal.
By then, the Warriors were not only dealing with a team that was physically but also mentally tough.
Rain and a lightning warning came at a timely situation. Both teams were called off the field and given time to strategise in the fifty-fourth minute.
The Warriors came back much more organised and their passes were sharper when the match was restarted.
However, Tanjong Pagar remained stubbornly ruthless. Even as the Warriors attempted to make some headway in the second half, their hard work was thwarted consistently by goalie Aurelien Herisson. His safe hands and agility was often locked the Warriors out.
Tanjong Pagar finally ended the game with a 6-1 margin leaving the Warriors to think how they will have to re-look their game plan.
When asked how he felt about the match, Tanjong Pagar’s No. 9 Ismael Benahmed said that it was a very hard match to start; but the first goal gave the Jaguars the momentum they needed. The overall trick, in his opinion, was fearlessness.