By FOX Sports staff
Four days after having their AFC Cup hopes ended by a 2-2 draw against Group H rivals East Bengal, the Stags responded in the best way possible by picking up all three points at the Clementi Stadium to move five clear at the top of the table.
Imran Sahib got the hosts on the way when he opened the scoring in the fourth minute, latching onto an Aleksandar Duric cross and coolly firing past Yazid Yasin, before Sead Hadzibulic made it 2-0 two minutes after the restart.
Woodlands' hopes of producing a comeback were then dealt a blow in the 50th minute when Shariff Abdul Samat was given a straight red after being adjudged to have caught Khairul Amri in the face with an elbow.
Two minutes from time, Tampines sealed the win when Duric made no mistake in turning home a Shaiful Esah cross from six yards out to score his side's third, although the visitors did manage a consolation in injury-time when Farouq Farkhan came off the bench to net on his Rams debut.
The result was enough to see the Stags extend their lead over second placed Albirex Niigata (S) to five points with a game in hand, and it's already looking as though it will take something special to prevent them from winning the title for a third straight season.