22 July 2012

DPMM FC back on track

Sunday, July 22, 2012
- Da Silva brace powers DPMM FC over Geylang United

DPMM FC snapped a three-game losing streak and finally got back to winning ways.

The Sultanate's only professional football team defeated basement dwellers Geylang United 3-1 in the Singapore League (S-League) last night at the Bedok Stadium in Singapore.

In their first win in over two months, new signing Brazilian forward Patrick Roberto Daniel Da Silva notched a brace in what was his second appearance for the team.

It was a setback for DPMM FC before the start as hitman Shahrazen Said picked up an injury during warm up. His young brother Adi Said took over his place in the starting lineup.

Veteran Pg Sallehuddin Pg Hj Damit was also given the role of captain with the absence of Rosmin Hj Kamis who picked up his fourth yellow in the previous match.

It was Brunei who struck first via defender Tales Ricarte dos Santos who was suspended for the previous game against Albirex Niigata FC on Wednesday in the 30th minute.

With Adi Said and Hj Md Subhi Abdilah Hj Bakir wreaking havoc on the defence at the near post during a DPMM FC corner, Dos Santos was left free to shoot.

His first attempt was blocked by Geylang goalkeeper Mohamed Yazid Mohamed Yasin but he made no mistake with the rebound.

The scoreline remained the same with the start of the second half before Da Silva worked his magic in the span of three minutes.

After making little impact in his debut for the club on Wednesday, Da Silva netted his first goal for DPMM FC in the 51st minute.

He then gave DPMM FC a three-goal cushion after finding the back of the net almost right after the restart in the 53rd minute, in similar fashion to his first goal which started out from midfield.

Geylang managed to pull one back from the penalty spot through Stefan Milojevic in the 80th minute.

DPMM FC head coach Vjeran Simunic was relieved that they managed to notch all three points especially since they are eying a top-five finish by the end of the season.

"It was a long time since we tasted victory and we knew how important this game is. We would be in trouble if we lost," said Simunic in an interview with The Brunei Times after the win.

"Everyone played their role and did well. The two strikers (Osman Basiru and Da Silva) worked together really well tonight (Saturday night). Geylang had nothing to lose and they made it a tight battle," he said.

"We are finally in a good mood again and we are ready for the big battle till the end of the season," continued the Croatian.

The victory allowed DPMM FC to leapfrog Home United, who were held to a 1-1 draw against Hougang United FC at the Bishan Stadium last night, to third place.

S-League topscorer Frederic Mendy broke the deadlock for Home United in the 80th minute before Mamadou Diallo equalised for Hougang five minutes from the final whistle to share the spoils.

DPMM FC are currently on 32 points while Home United, who have played one game more, are on 31.The Brunei Times

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