21 July 2012

DPMM FC desperately seeking a league victory

Saturday, July 21, 2012
DPMM FC take on bottom of the table Geylang United FC in the Singapore League (S-League) tonight looking for their first win in two months.

Fans will have to go back to May 10 for the last time Brunei's most renowned football club were in the win column, beating Balestier Khalsa FC 3-1 as the S-League's first round drew to a close.

But their fortunes have suffered since then, and losing all four of their competitive games and scoring only one goal during that period, the team find themselves in uncharted territory.

Wednesday's 2-0 defeat to Albirex Niigata (S) FC is the latest in a string of uncharacteristically poor results for the team, who have now slipped to fourth in the S-League after leading the 13-team table for most of the season.

Their fifth win in a row, Albirex moved to the summit with the result which maintained a nine-match unbeaten streak for the Japanese though defending champions Tampines Rovers FC currently lead the standings after edging Tanjong Pagar United FC 2-1 last night.

Balestier move from seventh to fifth after beating Woodlands Wellington FC 2-0 in the night's other game.

Geylang are still reeling after their 7-3 defeat to Home United on Wednesday night, the team continuing their dismal record against the Protectors who beat them 7-1 in the first round on March 11.

DPMM FC beat Geylang 4-1 the last time the two teams met, with Tales Ricarte Dos Santos and Mohammad Helmi Zambin opening their account for the club at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas on March 16.

While they are usually in a confident mood heading into such an encounter, considering their recent run, tonight's match at the Bedok Stadium in Singapore is hardly three points in the bag for DPMM FC.

"This is football, anything can happen," warned left-back Sairol Hj Sahari yesterday.

"We don't take any game lightly ... We're always going out there to try our best

"Even though they are at the bottom of the league ... they also want to try and beat us.

"Also, tomorrow (Saturday) is the start of the fasting month, so we will have less energy. But that is not an excuse," he added.

Sairol and his teammates can at least be thankful that other results have been working to their advantage, with Friday night's 1-0 win for the Young Lions (Singapore Under-23 team) against Harimuda Muda (Malaysian Under-23 team) giving DPMM FC some breathing space.

Had the Malaysians won, they would have been equal on points with DPMM FC and only trailing on goal difference.

Tonight's other game will see Home United take on Hougang United FC at the Bishun Stadium in Singapore. Harimau Muda meet Albirex at the Jurong East Stadium in Singapore tomorrow while the Young Lions face Singapore Armed Forces FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium.The Brunei Times

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