By Gabriel TanFollow @@gabetan13
Reporting from the Choa Chu Kang Stadium
However, it could have been a better result for the Tigers at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium had they been able to hold on after Kim Min-ho had given them a third-minute lead.
Instead, the Warriors equalised four minutes before the hour mark through a long-range strike by Tatsuro Inui, which ultimately proved enough to earn his side a share of the spoils and hand new coach Alex Weaver his first point since officially taking over at the club.
Although Wednesday was only the second time Weaver was present on the Warriors bench, his charges have already shown signs of improving on their inconsistent displays that have plagued them so far in 2013, which ultimately led to former boss V. Selvaraj stepping down last month.
In the opposite dugout on the evening was Darren Stewart, who has moulded Balestier into a disciplined and determined side since taking over at the start of last season, guiding them to a best-ever league finish of sixth in 2012.
But in the Australian's second year at the helm, they have improved even further and have found a new level of consistency, highlighted by their eight-game unbeaten run prior to Wednesday's game en route to advancing into the RHB Singapore Cup quarter-finals and the Starhub League Cup semi-finals.
And their fine form continued against the Warriors as it took them just three minutes to open the scoring; Zulkiffli Hassim latching onto Park Kang-jin's neat pass and drilling in a low shot that Hyrulnizam Juma'at could only parry out to Kim after a missed clearance by Shi Jiayi, allowing the South Korean to fire home on the rebound.
Five minutes later, Kim was unlucky not to double his tally as he embarked on a determined run down the right and eventually found himself free inside the area after Daniel Bennett cleared the ball straight at him, only to smash a ferocious effort back off the bar.
In what was turning to be an exciting start to the encounter, the hosts also threatened their opponents goal and Sufian Anuar found himself in good positions twice in the opening ten minutes; first forcing Zaiful Nizam into a fine save with a blistering half-volley, before sending a shot wide from a tight angle after Mislav Karoglan had clipped a neat pass through to him.
Sufian, who was looking extremely lively, had another opening in the 28th minute when Shi's shot from the edge of the box deflected into his path but just as he was about to pull the trigger, a couple of opposition defenders recovered well to block his route to goal.
At the other hand, Kim too was proving a real handful for the Warriors backline and he should have made it 2-0 in the 37th minute when Paul Cunningham found him unmarked at the back post with a flick-on header, only for him to nod a tame effort straight at Hyrulnizam.
Six minutes later, the 21-year-old was sent racing down the right by a neat ball from and although he mishit his cross, it nearly sneaked in at the near post but for a good reflex save from Hyrulnizam.
Right before the break, it was Sufian's turn to threaten again when he pounced on a flick-on header by Shimpei Sakurada but was unable to turn the ball towards goal from eight yards out.
But 11 minutes into the second half, the Warriors duly pulled level thanks to a moment of individual brilliance from Inui, who picked up the ball 30 yards out and drilled a pinpoint strike past Zaiful's despairing dive and into the bottom corner.
The Japanese winger then nearly turned provider eight minutes after the hour mark when he skipped past Syed Thaha and into the box before sending a cross into the six-yard box. The ball made its way to Karoglan but he had was forced to swivel onto his left foot and took an eternity to fire his shot away, allowing Zaiful enough time to recover and deny him with a fine save.
Immediately pushing forward on the counter, the visitors created a half chance when Zulkiffli tore down the right and played a searching low ball into the box, but Hyrulnizam rushed out in time and managed to halt the danger before Cunningham could pounce.
As the game wore on, the chances began to dry up for both sides but Balestier substitute Vitor Borges nearly conjured a winner out of nothing in the 83rd minute; creating space for himself with a sharp turn on the edge of the box before sending a blistering shot narrowly over.
A minute later, Karoglan also had a chance when he cut in from the right and onto his trusty left foot and looked set to test Zaiful, only to send his strike wide of the bottom corner, leaving both sides to have settle for what ultimately was a fair result.
Warriors FC: Hyrulnizam Juma'at, Jeremy Chiang, Abdil Qaiyyim, Daniel Bennett, Zulfadli Zainal Abidin, Shimpei Sakurada (Hafsyar Farkhan 46'), Kazuyuki Toda, Shi Jiayi, Tatsuro Inui, Sufian Anuar (Prakash Manikam 81'), Mislav Karoglan.
Balestier Khalsa: Zaiful Nizam, Yusiskandar Yusop, Obadin Aikhena, Jaslee Hatta (Vitor Borges 74'), Syed Thaha, Kim Min-ho, Tengku Mushadad, Park Kang-jin, Zulkiffli Hassim (Patrick Paran 79'), Paul Cunningham, Qiu Li (Ruhaizad Ismail 74').
Image courtesy of FAS (Justin Qian)