12 April 2014

DPMM FC back on top

DPMM FC are back to the summit of the Singapore League (S-League) after a five-star performance last night.
Brunei’s only professional team dominated and demolished 10-man Harimau Muda B (Malaysia national under-21 football team) 5-0 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas to leapfrog Warriors FC and Tampines Rovers to the top of the 12-team table.
DPMM FC are now on 16 points from seven games but the Stags, who are just one point adrift, can regain the lead should they beat Balestier Khalsa at the Clementi Stadium in Singapore today.
Unlike their previous match against the Young Lions (Singapore national under-23 football team), DPMM FC got off to a ferocious start.
Marquee signing Roy O’Donovan almost put them in front after 30 seconds but blasted his shot into the side netting.
Two minutes later, Azwan Ali Rahman broke down the left and fired past Harimau Muda B keeper Ilham Amirullah for the lead.
It was his second goal in as many games
O’Donovan was brought down in the box in the 10th minute but referee Sukhbir Singh turned a blind eye to his appeals.
The home side were playing a much different game by going with long balls instead of their usual short passes.
They doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when Sairol Hj Sahari found the back of the net with his left foot after a weak punch out by Ilham.

Brazilian Rodrigo Tosi should have gotten his name on the scoresheet in the 31st minute but saw his attempt gathered by Ilham.
O’Donovan made it 3-0 in the 36th minute after getting at the end of a Rosmin Hj Md Kamis freekick from their own half.
Nurshamil Abd Ghani had a chance to reply immediately but couldn’t keep his shot down to test Wardun Yussof in between the DPMM FC sticks.
The home side were close to adding another goal in first half in injury time but Tosi‘s attempt flew over the goal.
Harimau Muda B came out of the interval a different side and were pressing forward.
Wardun got in on the action to deny a Nor Azam Azih freekick just four minutes after the restart.
Substitute Faris Shah had a chance but his freekick from the edge of the box in the 53rd minute flew over the cross bar.
The game took a turn for the worse for Harimau Muda after Azrul Nizam Muhammad was shown a straight red for falling O’Donovan just outside the box in the 55th minute.
He was unhappy with the decision and debated the call before being advised by his teammates to leave the pitch.
Tosi made no mistake with the ensuing freekick as he blasted the ball beyond a hapless Ilham to make it 4-0. The goal brings his tally to seven goals for DPMM FC this season so far.
O’Donovan got on the scoresheet again in the 71st minute after chipping the ball over an onrushing Iham to complete the rout.
DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean was pleased with the performance, especially in keeping a cleansheet.
“We pressed high up the pitch and got that early goal. The players did very well and got that cleansheet,” said Kean in a post match interview.
“We were going with the 40-50-metre passes but I told the boys at halftime to go for short passes of higher percentage.
“Many chances came from that and we were unfortunate not to get more goals,” he added.
“They (Harimau Muda B) have to be disappointed with the sending off but decisions sometimes don’t go your way.
“We know that losing a man makes it more difficult so what we did was switch sides (the ball) to tire the opposition,” he continued.
Over at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore, Geylang International FC came back from two goals down to steal all three points from Hougang United FC.
Geison Moura gave Hougang the lead in the 21st minute and despite having Azhar Sairudin sent off the 34th minute, doubled their advantage tough Fairoz Hasan in the 69th minute.
Geylang flipped the script in the last 10 minutes, starting with an own goal by Igor Cerina in the 80th minute.
A brace by Leo Felice in the 85th and 90th minute stole the game for Geylang.

The Brunei Times

06 April 2014

DPMM FC out to tame Young Lions

Sunday, April 6, 2014
DPMM FC will not take anything for granted against the visiting Young Lions (the Singapore Under-23 squad) in their Singapore League (S-League) match tonight.

Brunei’s only professional team have never lost to their opponents - winning four times and drawing once - in five meetings.

DPMM FC are currently in fourth place with 10 points while their opponents are second from the basement in the 12-team table with only one point to their name.

Despite the disparity in the standings, DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean feels that these are the kind of matches which prove to be more challenging.

“I always think that these games are in a strange way just as difficult… if not, more difficult than playing against teams at the top of league,” said Kean in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday at the Jerudong Mini Stadium.

“We may be better on paper but we all know that games are not won on paper. We will respect the other team and make sure we give them that,” he said.

“They are a team filled with young players who will be eager to impress and try to get results

“We must try to grab control of the game as early as we can. If we play anywhere near like against Tampines then I’m sure we will do very well,” continued the former Blackburn Rovers coach.

Having won their opening three games without conceding, DPMM FC are in a minor slump after a 2-1 loss at home against Tampines Rovers and a 1-1 draw against Geylang International respectively.

Asked if there were any defensive concerns, Kean replied: “I think the beauty of the first three games is that not only the back four were playing as defenders.

“We were stopping the ball before it got to the back four. Defence starts from strikers and we need to get back to pressing the ball high up the pitch.

“We have not allowed many shots at goal. Last match (against Geylang) we only allowed one shot on target but it went in. Those stats show that we are defending well as a team,” he added.

“I actually thought there was a foul on Wardun (Yussof) and normally we would get it but unfortunately we didn’t,” continued Kean.

DPMM FC have shown that they have got plenty of firepower upfront with Rodrigo Tosi, who have four to his name, and marquee signing Roy O’Donovan.

However, Kean believes that there is plenty of work left to be done.

“We have been working on our finishing all week. I think we get a little bit excited in front of goal.

“We have been practicing on being composed in front of goal. We keep creating and we should be scoring more than we have,” added Kean.

Midfielder Hj Md Subhi Abdilah Hj Bakir is the only player unavailable for DPMM FC with a minor knee injury.

On the other hand, Young Lions head coach Aide Iskandar feel that his charges have nothing to lose against the Brunei-side.

“We are the underdogs but we will go out to do our best. We know that they are a strong team and this will be a good test for the Young Lions to go up against a quality team,” said Aide.

“They have got a good strike force with Tosi and Roy upfront as well as a good midfield.

“I challenge my boys for a strong performance. They will need to stay focus and compete throughout the whole match,” he added.

“Getting one point out of the game is already a good result considering we are playing away in Brunei. Getting three would definitely be a bonus,” concluded Aide.

Spectators stand a chance to win return air tickets to Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur sponsored by Royal Brunei.

There will also be eight consolation prizes in terms of t-shirts.

Kick off is at 8.15pm.

Brunei Times

28 March 2014

DPMM FC ready to bounce back today

Friday, March 28, 2014
IT WILL take more than a six-point Tampines Rovers lead at the top of the Singapore League to worry DPMM FC captain Rosmin Hj Mohd Kamis.
Three-time defending S-League champions, Tampines sent out another strong sign to their title challengers by coming back from a two-goal deficit to beat Harimau Muda B 3-2 last night – denying the Malaysian national Under-21 team their first points of the season after a dramatic turnaround in which they scored all three of their goals in the last 10 minutes.
Second-placed DPMM FC face Geylang International FC at the Bedok Stadium in Singapore tonight knowing they have to win in order to maintain the pressure on the league leaders, who were trailing 2-0 until the 85th minute when Noh Alam Shah made it 2-1 – with marquee signing Miljan Mrdakovic scoring a S-League leading sixth goal in the 93rd minute before Roberto Martinez capped the remarkable return with his team’s third goal three minutes later.
“I don’t think there’s more pressure on us, we just have to focus on winning (against Geylang),” Rosmin told The Brunei Times last night.
DPMM FC were on the receiving end of a Tampines comeback of their own on Sunday night when the Stags stormed back from 1-0 down to beat the hosts 2-1 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas, handing the Bruneians their first dropped points of the season.
Not only were the goals the first DPMM FC have let in all season, the win saw Tampines move away from DPMM FC to take sole possession of top spot in the 12-team table – though Rosmin insists they have put the defeat behind them.
“The most important thing is how we react after last week’s defeat,” he said.
“It’s very important (to win against Geylang) since we need to get back to our winning ways.
“Every team will concede goals, we just need to bounce back.
“We needed to take our chances that night and I’m sure we would have won, but we need to live with it and now we need to keep going and forget about the loss,” he added after seeing the team’s three-game winning streak come to an end.
Geylang have been the exact opposite.
After losing their first three league games, Geylang notched a slim 1-0 win over the Young Lions (Singapore national Under-23 team) in their last game on March 20 and will enter tonight’s tie against DPMM FC with a spring in their step.
The game against the Young Lions was the first match in charge for Jorg Steinebrunner, who replaced V Kanan in the Geylang hot seat, and the German’s arrival seemed to have motivated the Eagles enough for them to grab their first points of the campaign.
“They have a new coach from Germany and they won their last match, so it won’t be easy for us,” admitted Rosmin.
Perhaps adding more pressure on DPMM FC, though Rosmin won’t agree, is tonight’s other S-League game which pits fifth-placed Balestier Khalsa against third-placed Warriors.
A win for either of the two sides, combined with dropped points by DPMM FC, could see Brunei’s only professional club slide to third.
Adding more spice to this week’s round of action was last night’s other game which saw Home United steal a 90th minute equaliser against Hougang United to seal a 2-2 draw, with a win for the latter ensuring they would push DPMM FC to third.
But in a season which is only five games in, it will take more than that to give Rosmin any sleepless nights.

The Brunei Times

Result : Geylang International 1-1 DPMM Fc

24 March 2014

DPMM FC heartbroken

Monday, March 24, 2014
DPMM FC failed to break their Tampines Rovers curse as they were denied a victory by the woodwork twice.
Brunei’s only professional team succumbed to the three-time defending champions again after a 2-1 heartbreak in their Singapore League (S-League) match at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas last night.
They remain winless against Tampines in all five meetings – two of which have ended in draws – and this is the third time that the Singaporeans found the back of the net late in the game.
It was also Steve Kean’s first defeat of the S-League season and also the first time they let in a goal, with the Stags leaping over DPMM FC to take sole possession of the top.
DPMM FC put up a dominant showing but were made to pay the price for wasting their chances upfront, with skipper Rosmin Hj Mohd Kamis and Roy O’Donovan both having attempts rattle the posts within two minutes of each other.
Kean was disappointed with the outcome as he believed they should have walked away with all three points.
“I’m disappointed because we did enough to win.... I would have even been disappointed with a draw,” said Kean in an interview with the media after the match.
“We created enough to win two games.
“We were on top, hit the post (twice) and even had a chance for a penalty. We needed to be more ruthless to score and could have gotten full points.
“I’m disappointed with the second goal as we should have put more pressure on the ball,” continued the former Blackburn Rovers manager.
DPMM FC started the match strongly and deservingly took the lead through Roberto Alviz in the seventh minute when Joseph Gamble set up a trailing Alviz to rocket home his shot past Tampines keeper Hyrulnizam Juma’at.
There was an appeal for handball from DPMM FC’s marquee signing O’Donovan when he had his shot blocked by Norihiro Kawakami three minutes later.
Tampines began to settle down and had their only chance in the first half through Shahdan Sulaiman in the 20th minute, though his deflected shot was saved by Wardun Yussof.
O’Donovan had a good strike in the 39th minute but Hyrulnizam put up a good save.
The former Sunderland striker had another chance the next minute after connecting on an Azwan Ali Rahman cross but was denied by Hyrulnizam’s finger tips.
Brazilian Rodrigo Tosi rose the highest on another Azwan cross in the 44th minute but failed to hit the target.
Tampines didn’t get many chances but pounced once given.
The Stags equallised through S-League top scorer Miljan Mrdakovic after a failed clearance by the home side in the 56th minute.
The Tampines marquee signing got behind the defence and easily slotted it past Wardun for his fifth of the campaign.
DPMM FC almost responded immediately through O’Donovan in the 58th minute but Hyrulnizam once against put up a brilliant save.
Tampines, who had used all three substitutes by then, were basically down to 10-man after Abdil Qaiyyim picked up an injury in the 62nd minute.
However, the defender would stay on the pitch for the remainder of the game.
Wardun had to come up with back-to-back saves in the 65th minute to prevent Tampines from adding to the scoresheet.
Tosi had a good chance in the 70th minute with his shot going across goal, with O’Donovan only able to hit the side netting.
DPMM FC looked to have regained the lead in the 72nd minute but captain Rosmin Hj Mohd Kamis saw his shot off the post.
Two minutes later Rosmin had his attempt saved before O’Donovan pounced on the rebound to be denied by the post once again.
It was heartbreak late on as Shahdan struck in the 89th minute to complete the Tampines comeback.
DPMM FC looked to have salvaged a point one minute into injury time after O’Donovan scored, but the strike was flagged for offside.
Over at the Pasir Gudang Stadium in Johor, Malaysia, Home United picked up their second victory of the season with a 3-0 triumph over Harimau Muda B ( Malaysian national Under-21 team).
Fazrul Nawaz netted a brace with goals in the 44th and 55th minutes while Qiu Li also got on the scoresheet in the 86th minute.

The Brunei Times

20 March 2014

MS PDB displace Najip FC at DST Super League summit

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
THE Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council (MS PDB) defeated Kilanas FC 2-1 to move to the top the DST Super League last night.
With 15 points from five wins and a loss, the policemen now lead Najip FC by two points - though the latter have a game in hand.
Both MS PDB and Kilanas dished out quality play, though Kilanas held the slight edge in the early minutes.
MS PDB’s Jasrimah Hj Johari eventually put his team in the lead with a header from Mohd Bohari Mohd Hasan’s corner kick that flew straight into the heart of the penalty box.
They then started to dominate the attack but their energy slowly trickled down leading to the end of the first half.
The half-time break saw a refreshed and more offensive Kilanas FC come out to play at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.
Kilanas’s Mohd Nor Hidayatullah Hj Zaini netted their only goal after a series of deflections that led to the equaliser.
Mohd Khalid Wassaddisalleh Hj Mahmud hammered in the first shot, which deflected to Pg Mohd Sallehudin Pg Sarifudin - who then sent in an attempt which Hidayatullah finished off.
Kilanas carried on with some impressive attacks before MS PDB’s Mohd Bohari took back the lead in the 70th minute.
MS PDB’s Mohd Nazirul Arsat assisted the goal by pulling Kilanas’s defence towards him on the right flank before laying off the ball to Mohd Bohari who was left with a wide open shot.
MS PDB’s coach Staff Sgt Sahrin Hj Md Jaya wasn’t worried when his team were held at 1-1 by Kilanas FC.
“When they equalised I was still confident because it was only the start of the second half and there was still plenty of time,” Sahrin told The Brunei Times.
“In the first half, we had a number of chances and we could’ve gotten three or four goals.
“The game was a little bit slow in the second half and Kilanas FC pressured us with long-balls,” added Sahrin.
The Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) took out Jerudong FC 5-2 in last night’s other match at the Berakas Sports Complex.
MS ABDB’s goals were scored through Mohd Baharin Hamidon in the first minute, Mohd Khairuddin Abd Kadir in the sixth minute, Affendy Hj Akup in the 34th and 68th minute and Muhd Muhaimin Rosmalee in the 56th minute.
Mohd Esmendy Brahim (14th minute) and Mohd Bazli Mohd Said (28th minute) scored for Jerudong.

The Brunei Times

Indera SC continue unbeaten run in DST Super League

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

INDERA SC continued their unbeaten run in the DST Super League after defeating Liang Lumut Recreational Club (LLRC) FT 3-0 last night.
Contested at the Tutong Sports Complex, Indera took a 1-0 lead into halftime through Mohd Asri Hj Aspar in the 40th minute.
Mohd Zulkhairy Razali got on the scoresheet twice in the 73rd and 76th minutes to claim all three points from the encounter.
Indera currently sit in third place with three wins and a draw to their name for 10 points.
It is LLRC FT’s first loss of the season, having gone unbeaten in their first three matches as they remain fourth on seven points.
Najip FC and the Royal Brunei Police Force Sports Council (MS PDB) are currently at the top of the 10-team table with 12 points from five matches.
The policemen can take sole possession of the top spot as they are set to see action today.
They will be up against Kilanas FC at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.
The other match pits the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) against Jerudong FC at the Berakas Sports Complex.
Both games are set to kick off at 8.15pm.
-Yee Chun Leong

The Brunei Times

15 March 2014

Roy fires DPMM FC to the top

Saturday, March 15, 2014
MARQUEE signing Roy O’Donovan finally opened his account with DPMM FC.
DPMM FC shot back to the top of the Singapore League (S-League) after a 3-0 victory over Home United FC last night.
O’Donovan found the back of the net twice in the triumph at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
Brunei’s only professional team have now won their opening three matches for a maximum of nine points in the Steve Kean era.
More impressive is that they have done it with cleansheets in all the games so far.
Both sides were equally matched in the opening minutes with neither conceding control of the game. It was the visitors that pushed forward and looked dangerous soon after.
O’Donovan had the best chance to give DPMM FC the lead in the 17th minute but his header from seven yards out was off target.
The former Sunderland striker had another chance minutes later but was denied by the woodwork.
The Irish made no mistake in the 25th minute after heading in a Joe Gamble cross inside the box.
Lee Kwan-woo almost replied immediately after getting behind the DPMM FC defence, only to fire wide despite having plenty of time.
Brazilian Rodrigo Tosi doubled DPMM FC’s advantage after beating Shahril Jantan at the near post in the 36th minute.
Gamble made a run to the right to draw defenders, allowing Tosi to fire with his favoured left foot. It was the forward’s third goal in as many games.
Home United were denied a penalty after a challenge by DPMM FC captain Rosmin Hj Kamis on Lee after the restart.
The home side should have scored in the 40th minute after Fazli Ayob chipped the ball over DPMM FC goalkeeper Wardun Yussof but Sairol Hj Sahari managed to clear it off the line.
Bosnian Boris Raspudic almost got his name on the scoresheet after finding himself unmarked for an open header in the 57th minute but saw his effort off target.
O’Donovan notched his brace to give the Brunei side a 3-0 lead after heading home a cross from the left by Tosi in the 64th minute.
Sirina Camara should have pulled one back for Home United in the 78th minute but saw his shot saved by Wardun.
Striker Shahrazen Said was also given his first taste of action in the season in the 81st minute after Tosi was shown a yellow card.
The Protectors were pushing forward and were giving it their all but failed to break the DPMM FC defence.
The former were not clinical infront of the goal and were clearly missing the services of the suspended Qiu Li.
Home United had one last chance at a consolation goal after Ahmed Fahmie Jamil made a good turn only to fire straight at Wardun in the 93rd minute.
DPMM FC will host defending champions Tampines Rovers in their next game at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas on March 23.

The Brunei Times